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A Designer's Guide to Image Background Removal Tools

Sophia Angel Lou Quiachon
A Designer's Guide to Image Background Removal Tools

Picture this: You've spent hours trawling for the perfect image—and you've finally found it. Well, almost. If you could just get rid of that one pesky distraction in the background. Sound familiar?

Image background removal tools are readily available to creatives, but some are a little tricky to use and even tech-savvy creatives know removing the background of an image takes a lot of time and energy—which could be better spent, well, creating!

With the arrival of new AI technology, you can say goodbye to the lasso tool and manual background erasers and instead get the perfect image in just one click.

Most of these tools are free, and some even come with convenient image editing features on the side!

Add these background removal tools to your design toolkit and never miss out on an (almost) perfect image again!

One-click background removal by Visualist

Best for: moodboard fanatics

Remove image backgrounds with just one click in Visualist
Remove image backgrounds with just one click in Visualist.

Visualist is software for creative professionals to work, earn and scale better.

Visualist hosts a moodboard-making tool as part of their suite, within which you can remove the backgrounds of images in just one click.

Once you're happy, download your newly background-free image or make it a part of your moodboard!

Sounds too good to be true right? Visualist is currently in private Beta, sign up to the waitlist now!

Image background remover by Canva

Best for: DIY creatives

Odds are, you're already familiar with Canva, but are you making full use of their image background removal tool?

You can edit an individual image or remove backgrounds whilst presentations, posters and more!

The catch? Canva's background removal tool is only available to Canva Pro users. But why not sign-up for a free 30-day trial and try it out, you'll receive access to tons of templates whilst you're at it!

Background remover by Cutout

Best for: editing in bulk

Cutout.Pro is a free download background remover that's best for bulk background removal. It's compatible with both Mac and Windows so you can install the Cutout App and remove backgrounds to your heart's content ( up to 10,000 images to be exact!)

Express Background Remover by Adobe

Best for: extreme precision

Adobe's Express Background Removal Tool.
Quick and easy—Adobe's Express Background Removal Tool.

Adobe's Express Background Remover is another promising tool. Simple to use and with great, clean results, what's not to love?

If you want to customise your new image, sign up for an Adobe account and you'll get access to a bunch of fun photo editing tools!

Background remover by Retoucher

Best for: on-the-go creation

When creativity strikes, you need to act fast—in other words, you need that background gone right now!

If that's the story of your life, then Retoucher's Background Remover will suit your style.

Take images then and there and instantly remove the background—now nothing can slow your creative flow!