Step 6: Different Background colors

After you used the Background Eraser Tool in your whole image for one color, you should have something like this:
Even though my background was pretty much all blue, it has different tones of blue, and even some whites in it. To deal with that, you just have to sample a new color and repeat the process all over. You could also select the “Sampling Continous” option in the top panel:
But I don’t recommend that because if you come too close to your subject (in this case the trees) you may sample their color by accident and end up erasing parts of the image that you didn’t wanted to erase. So just aim the crosshair of our mouse into another color and repeat the same process until our image is fully cleared.

Step 7: Final step

After erasing the background you have two choices, you can either select the subject you just extracted and use it in a photo manipulation project, or you could replace the background you just deleted with something new to create a different image (that’s what we’re going to do). Download the sky gradient pack and chose the best one for your image. I chose to replace my old background with this blue sky:
And this is the result:

Tutorial by Guilherme Pejon

clip_image020Thanks for following this quick tip, I hope you incorporate this technique into your bag of tricks and that it makes your life easier from now on. Make sure you check my DeviantART and I’ll see you on another tutorial soon. Guilherme Pejon
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it is really helpful for me. thanks for the nice tutorial.


Sorry, the background stayed erased – white and wouldn’t change.
Could you please explain if possible how to make this gradient workThank you!


How have I lived my whole life without this tool!? Thank you so much for this tutorial!


Ty so much.

Greg Sobey

An effective result although unconvincing. Why not select a more subtle gradient?

Maidul Islam

Incredible work man!Thanks for sharing.

A. Pawlak

Muito bom! Parabéns pela excelente explicação…




thank you mait for this wonderful tips


it dont work


thumbs up keep posting

subhash chand

Only the erasing is possible and coloring of background is not possible for those whose is new to photoshope. Kindly tell step by step how to fill the background with new color.




Most useful tutorial I’ve done in ages. Thanks a Million!

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Noah Glazebrook

Tis a very helpful and detailed tutorial




Thank you for a great write up! I’ve searched for months and though there are plenty youtube tutorials but they all come short. In most of those, the tutor assumes that his audience knows where certain options or features are and they are not mentioned or explained.

Every attempt I made following those tutorials left me frustrated because I could not fully follow them, and because they either skip important steps or don’t explain them well.

Your explanation of the Sampling and Tolerance did the job
for me! Though I need to practice more, but I’m getting better results than I ever got.

The biggest problem for me is a photo of an older man with
center baldness and the color of the background so close to the color of the hair, so I keep getting the hair removed.

I spent hours on the background eraser, again, when it came
to the part of the hair, though I decreased the size of the eraser to 5 pixels or less, and zoomed in on the photo, I
still can not get a clean background.

Comments are welcomed!

Thank you again!

Jesse T.


thanks man this make my work more easy!! Nice tutorial


it does not work for the PS element 6

Rishipratim Guha Mustafi

Thank you, that was really very helpful…


This is wat I have been looking for thanks a lot


This is awesome!!!


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Great Can u Make Video for this?

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