Removing a background with the magic wand tool

Sometimes you have a photo but want to remove the background from it. Maybe you want to use a logo or piece of an image to lay over another photo and to do this the back ground has to go!

Open up your photo and select the magic wand tool from the left hand side toolbar:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.00.25 PMThe default settings are a pretty good place to start. The wand is in search of similarly colored pixels – tiny squares of color – and will surround them with a broken line of dots so you can delete them all at once. So set the tolerance at 32 – you can pick any number from 0 to 50, so this is a good midpoint depending on the complexity of the background. “Anti alias” means it will round of the corners of the pixels as it selects them, which means you will have a neater outline. “Contiguous” means it will look for the chosen color only in connected areas which means it won’t start selecting parts of the image you are trying to keep. Leave “Sample all layers” unchecked.

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.00.32 PMClick the magic wand in an area where the background color is pronounced. A dotted line should appear around the shape you are trying to extract:
Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.00.39 PMTo remove the back ground, press “delete” and the result should look like this:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.00.47 PMIf the background is not removed so neatly, with the first area selected hold down “shift” and touch you magic wand onto a close by area. It will be included in the removal area, and can be added to as much as you like.

If you wish to keep the area you have selected and remove the rest of the image, go to Select > inverse to delete the image and retain the background:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.00.55 PMSave the part of the image you want as a “png” file to retain the transparency you have created:

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