How to remove background in Photoshop

how to remove background in Photoshop
How to remove background in Photoshop using Quick Actions. The blurred background behind this puffin was replaced with a group shot for added interest (Image credit: Lauren Scott)

How to remove background in Photoshop is something that's commonly asked, so we thought we'd lay out an easy method here. Adobe Photoshop has many so many tools and features that it provides endless possibilities for photographers looking to process their images. Fortunately, removing backgrounds is much less complex than it might sound to a beginner, thanks to Adobe's Quick Actions.

While some photographers want to make minimal edits in Adobe Photoshop CC – changing the contrast, saturation and maybe removing the odd branch or two – advanced creatives and graphic designers will usually delve further the program's features. Adobe Photoshop is undoubtedly in our guide to the best photo editing software, however if you don't need its advanced image manipulation tools, you might be better off with Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.