How to Effortlessly Remove Background from Transparent or Semi-Transparent Objects

In this tutorial we'll explain why semi-transparent objects pose difficulty when removing background from a picture and will show you how to do this with little or no effort.

First of all, when you delete background from an image, you select which parts of the image to remove (background) and which ones should remain (foreground). But semi-transparent objects combine the foreground (color and texture of the object itself) with the background. So removing the background directly is not an option. We need to apply a transparency mask to remove the background only partially. And here is how you can do this in PhotoScissors.

You can download the tool here. Once downloaded, install and run PhotoScissors. Then follow the below steps.

Step 1: Mark background and foreground of the image

Use the green marker tool to identify the main object of the scene. Then, use the red marker tool to mark parts of the image that belong to the background.

Mark background and foreground areas on the picture

Do not paint over the entire areas, you only need to mark them, and PhotoScissors will determine the precise edges of the object automatically.

In the right part of the window, you should see the object without the background. Note that the transparent object does not yet look transparent at the right side. We will fix this shortly.

Step 2: Select the transparent area of the object

Select the yellow marker tool on the toolbar. This tool allows you to select zones of the images that are transparent or semi-transparent. Note that unlike red and green markers, the yellow one requires you to fill the entire area you want to be transparent.

Select the transparent area of the object

The object is now see-through, just like on the original picture. It is time for the final step now.

Step 3: Add new background

Now you can save the photo with transparent background, or add new background to it. To do this, switch to the "Background" tab on the right pane. Select "Solid Color" to add solid color background to the image:

Set solid background

Or you can put some scenery to the background, like this:

Set image background


With a quick way to remove background from transparent and semi-transparent objects PhotoScissors provides, you can enjoy professionally-looking effects and easily get fantastic results.


Watch the software in action: How to Delete Background from Transparent Objects in Literally Less Than Minute.