This Photoshop article will show you how to remove a backdrop in Photoshop with sharp, high-resolution edges by following some specific techniques. I have other instructions that demonstrate how to rapidly remove the backdrop here in three different methods. It’s also worth taking a look at. You’ll learn how to go up close and obtain incredibly fine edges with this tutorial.

We’ll begin with this image that I discovered on Adobe Stock.


Choose the Quick select tool.

Step two is to make a broad selection around the subject using a brush that is a decent size.

STEP 3: To tidy up the edges, use a smaller brush. Drag with Alt/Option to deselect any eras where you erred.

STEP 4: Cut holes in the disconnected regions, such as inside chair legs, etc., using a tiny brush. If you have a Wacom or Surface tablet, enable pressure. (View the above video)

STEP 5. Hardly every online cutout lesson that I’ve seen achieves this. To 100%, close up the zoom.

Numerous poorly chosen areas are now readily apparent.

Make an extremely fine, tight selection all the way around your image using a very little brush. You can see an example of this and some suggestions for accelerating the task in the video up above.

Making these better selections will help when we refine.


Choose Select And Mask, by clicking on the button in the top toolbar.

Welcome to the Select and Mask workspace. This is where we refine the edges.

Choose white as the background and turn opacity all the way up.

Step 7: To paint over regions covered with hair and fur, select the refine brush.

See how it selects hair nicely.

STEP 8. Note that the straight edges require assistance. I’m about to provide a tip that you will adore.

Pick the brush that is listed below the refine brush.

For this, 100% magnification

While holding down Alt or Option, paint the edge away.

Step 9: Reduce the opacity so you can see the original edge of the chair arm as well.

STEP 10. Using the brush tool, click on the line’s edge. (1)

The pointer should be moved to the other edge. Verify that the brush circle is parallel to the edge.

Shift while Clicking

You’ll notice that a beautiful edge was provided by a straight line that was drawn. The movie does a great job of showing you how to undo and try again if you missed it.

See the edge.

STEP 11.

Repeat for the second edge on the metal brace.

To view your edge, increase the opacity back to 100%.

Repeat the previous procedure for each of the straight edges to get a precise cutout. Additionally, make a tiny brush and repair all the crevices. This is meticulous, up-close work. You don’t need to refine yourself too much on the web and social media. To get extremely near and exact, though, you must be working at commercial or print resolution.

Change output to New Layer with Layer mask after you’re done (it’s not finished yet).

Press “OK”

You will have a layer mask in addition to your lovely cut out, allowing you to further hone it if you like.

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