Removing Background from Graphics In PicMonkey

Removing the background of an image can be tricky for the basic user. If you can’t figure out how to remove the white around images you want to use, this article will help.

First of all, you can always add your own images to a composition by clicking on the “butterfly” icon in PicMonkey and then clicking “Add your Own” this will enable you to add an overlay from your own computer.

This is where the fun begins.

Removing Background from Graphics In PicMonkey

You likely don’t want an overlay that’s a square but just the image of the item (say a person or a product). To do this you need a picture with a transparent background. There are several image formats that have this feature, you need a PNG or a GIF. I prefer using a PNG.

Usually you will use an image that’s already a PNG with a transparent background or you’ll have to remove some of the background yourself.

Tip: If you want to add a logo, make sure your designer delivers a PNG file with a clear background, that way you can easily add it to any graphic – That’s how you “brand” your social media quotes and posts.

What do you do when you need to remove the background?

There are several ways to do this. First, you can use PicMonkey by simply following these steps:

Use the eraser tool

  • Click on the image in PicMonkey, a box appears.
  • In the box click on the tab named “Eraser” with it you can delete the surrounding white with a brush (or restore it using a brush).
  • You can adjust the size and make the eraser/brush edge sharp or soft.

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You can also use another online tool: I love the photo editor available on Pixlr.com. Just use the Online Photo Editor and upload the images.

Then with the wand tool, select all the white areas and press Ctrl+X. This will delete all the white areas.

Once done, save the file to .png with none of the white edges.

Here’s a run through explaining how you can do it:

  • Visit: http://apps.pixlr.com/editor/
  • Select the image you want to remove the background from
  • Press (W) (which activates the Wand tool)
  • Select the white areas
  • Press + hold Shift to select several areas at the same time
  • Press Ctrl + X
  • Save the file as a PNG (it should keep the transparency)
  • Done!
  • You can add the new PNG to your composition in PicMonkey.

I do have to add that this method only works for images with white backgrounds (or solid colors. If you are familiar with design tools you can do much better using Photoshop’s path tool.

The great news is that if you don’t want to do it yourself you can just use this online service: http://www.removethebackground.com/

With some patience or a couple of dollars, you can get those images isolated to use on your own designs as overlays.

I’d love to answer any questions you have about creating your own designs, so feel free to post them below.

Hugs,

Beth

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