PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS: How To Remove Photo Background Using Pen Tool

Hi there, are you a photographer? Whatever you are freelancer photographer or Professional photographer, you need to remove your photo background and that’s why you are here! Today I will assist you to understand how pen tool works for removing photo background in adobe photoshop.

I will tell you step by step how to select pen tool, how to draw anchor point and create path, how to make transparent background. There are numbers of selection tools in photoshop but we will only use the first pen tool. Pen tool is the only tool that gives the very clean and sharp selections without blurred lines or soft edges because the pen tool uses vector technology. So if we want to cut out any object with clean sharp edges pen tool is an important tool to be used for removing photo background. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Photoshop and Insert an Image

If you are new in photoshop do not worries. Because this is a very easy photoshop technique I am going to tell about. Open the photoshop and you will see there is pen tool icon on the left side of the software.

This image showing home page of adobe photoshop

Open your Adobe Photoshop Software from your PC/Laptop

how to insert an image in adobe photoshop

Insert an image from your computer in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2:  Select Pen Tool and Start Creating Clipping Path

Select an image that you want to remove background from your computer. As an example image I have taken a beautiful blanket image. We will create clipping path using the pen tool around the all edges of the image. This is like cutting an image from a newspaper with seizure! So let’s go and select the pen tool in the toolbar. We can start working from the any corner of the image. First we select a point and start drawing lines around the edges. The anchor point bends the path so you can move the head of the point. We can set our path properly with the help of this handle. Now we can click and drag for the next control point and bend it carefully to set it properly. If the paths gets out of line when drawing the previous control point we have bend its handle. To overcome this problem just hold the Alt Key and click on the last control point before we create a new one. It will remove the handle and allows us to draw the path properly. Then we continue drawing the path until we finish the whole image.

how to select pen tool in adobe photoshop

Select Pen Tool on the left of the Adobe Photoshop Software

how to draw clipping path in adobe photoshop

Click any of the corner of the image and start drawing clipping path

Step 3: Selects Path and Remove Background

There is an path panel on the right side of the adobe photoshop softwares. Here in the path panel we can see we just now drawn path layer. We now click on the path layer and save it. Then we click right button on the mouse and select the whole path. By clicking on the selection option we can convert the path into a selection. So now select the layer and press ctrl+J to create a new layer of the selected portion.

how to select all clipping paths in adobe photoshop

Once you finish drawing clipping path the select the all path by clicking on the right button from the mouse

transparent background of an product image

Once you select the whole path, now click the delete button on your keyboard and the background will be removed

Finally, we have removed our photo background! Now we will go to the file button and will click save as. We will select our save the file as “PNG Transparent Background”.

By the help of the pen tool, we can get very clean sharp and accurate extraction more than any other extraction technique in photoshop. Because it follows vector technology to remove photo background. As a photographer, you may not have time to do all of these works for your hundreds of images. To save your time and stress Clipping offering Photo Background Remove Services online. You can get you Free Quote Now!

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