If you follow my other blog Earl Grey, you might have seen my screencast on how to create product collages. Today, along those lines, I’m going to share a few simple ways to remove product image backgrounds with Photoshop. These techniques are great if you love creating clean roundups for your blog. If you’re a shop owner, this tutorial can be really helpful in brightening up your product photos.
I always try to choose images that already have solid light colored backgrounds. This is tricky because some of the best products are photographed on non-white backgrounds. Sometimes I try to make them work in the collage just as they are by making them circular or creating a grid. For this tutorial, I’ll stick to working with simple backgrounds.
Okay, here we go! First open up a product photo in Photoshop. Any version of PS should work.
Select Image > Adjustments > Replace Color
Now, the background is white but there are still some shadows (bunny ears!) that might make this image look less smooth in a collage. To fix that, choose the Eraser Tool and set the Hardness level to 0%. Then you can subtly erase parts of the shadows.
Here is the final result:
If you’re making a collage of products, you might already have white backgrounds but will need to keep them from overlapping other product images.
See how the background of the chair covers the image below it? Instead of cropping it or erasing the background, you can go to the Layers panel and change the layer blend mode to Multiply. This will make the white background transparent.
Alternatively, you could select the Magic Eraser and click the white background to make it disappear. That option works best when the product contrasts strongly with the background.
I used a combination of these techniques to create the main graphic for this post. Hope this tutorial was helpful for you! If you have any Photoshop tutorial requests, I would love to hear them.
Images used: Dodecahedron Hanging Terrarium, Cloud Trinket Dish, Spun Cluster, Assembly Cone Table Lamp, Fringed Cusco Rug, Rabbit Forestry Hook, Eames Molded Wood Side Chair, Vintage Amber Wayfarer Glasses