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Background Removal tutorial

Background Removal Tutorial

This is crossposted from my tumblr which you can find here:

I will be posted more tutorials and animation tidbits there so follow if you're interested! :O

Why would you want to remove the backgrounds?

Since animation has gotten fancier and fancier as time passes, more and more people are opting for full images with removed backgrounds in their animations. USUALLY the end result is much more satisfying that having icon graphics for the entire thing, however, this can also result in things that don’t look entirely satisfactory… That’s an aesthetic issue that I’ll cover another time.

Another good reason to remove backgrounds is that it helps in making more uniform graphics, rather than relying on and keeping the original backgrounds of the images.

This tutorial is for ANYONE who wants to learn to remove backgrounds, regardless of whether or not you plan to be an animator, because if anything it helps if someone else is able to remove backgrounds and reduce the workload for the animator.

What you need:

You will need some sort of image editing program. There are tonnes of freeware programs on the internet that you can find, GIMP being reputedly handy for those on a small budget.

I prefer to use Photoshop, however many of the tools can be found on other programs, you just need to know where to find them, and how using them differs from that of Photoshop, as most of the examples I will be showing will be done in Photoshop.

Getting started:

It’s as simple as opening your image into your image editing software.

The best thing to do first, is to put your image into a new layer, so there is a background layer underneath.

(forgive my messy writing)

Following that, pick a colour that VASTLY contrasts the colours in the image. For example, this image has a lot of blue, so anything that would look jarringly different comparison would be warm colours. Neon colours USUALLY work too. For this example, I’ll pick red (because I like red). Using this colour, fill the background.

This is so you can much more easily see what you have erased or not.


There are several methods when it comes to removing backgrounds, each having their own benefits and drawbacks.

There are two ways that you can go about doing it (That I know at the very least), simple erasing and layer masks. I think I’ll go through layer masks in another tutorial, but it has its benefits especially if you opt for erasing via brushes.

At the same time you want to make a decision on whether you want to remove the backgrounds by way of selection or brushes

Using a brush/the eraser tool to erase the background, often by aid of a pen tablet.

- Best for use with people accustomed to using tablets to do their work.
- More rounded natural edges.

- Not as clean
- Not for the shaky of hand

How to:

I don’t usually do this (actually I never do, because my hand is shaky), but it’s as simple as picking the eraser tool and erasing the background by hand, adjusting the brush size/hardness as you move along.

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