What are the best resources for changing the background of a photo?

Itching to turn your simple photo into something creative and magical? Check out this list of resources on where and how you can change the background of a photo with just a few clicks and taps. These photo-editors will surely bring out the best in your images. 

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    #1Gimp

    Gimp

    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is a very powerful image editing tool that offers lots of ways to remove the background of an image as well as ways to retouch photos and more.



    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Gregory Barnett
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "My friend Bill wanted to be placed on the beach to convince his girlfriend to go with him on a vacation, but he's never been to the ocean either. I used Gimp to swap him onto a nice, sandy beach, even though he took a picture in his backyard, with nothing on but swimming trunks. Totally convinced his girlfriend though!"
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    #2Movavi Photo Editor

    Movavi Photo Editor

    Movavi Photo Editor lets photo editors or casual photo enthusiasts edit photos, add filters, remove objects and replace backgrounds while being free of charge and being easy to use.  

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Samuel Howard
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "I think Movavi Photo Editor was a little more than I needed. It was a full fledged photo editing program and all I wanted to do was change the backgrounds on my photos. I did not enjoy my experience as I thought it was too complicated and didn't want to take the time to bother with it much."
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    #3Photoscape X

    Photoscape X

    Photoscape X serves as an all-in-one photo editing software where you can use the best photo-related features such as Photo Viewer to remove the change the background from an image.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Héctor Mora
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Photoscape did exactly what I wanted and more. Not only did I change the backgrounds of my photos but i could edit it in many other ways. I really enjoyed my time with Photoscape and look forward to using it more in the future."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the first known photo ever edited was the photo of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860? The beginning of photography is also the beginning of photo editing. Back then when the computer has not yet been invented, photo editing was done with the use of hands. If you are born in the digital age, this may sound a little complicated. People used to paste photos together and made use of tools such as ink, paint, and airbrushes. 

In 1987, Adobe Photoshop was released and was one of the first photo editing computer programs. This has become widely known that the word "photoshop" was even derived from this program. People even use this word to mean photo editing in general. In this digital era, technology is widely used and software and apps are becoming more and more utilized. In addition to that, the existence of social networks and photo-sharing apps such as Instagram and Facebook are popularly used. For this reason, app developers have created apps for Android and iOS users which would allow them to edit photos before posting on social media sites. 'Feed goals' which means an Instagram profile "is aesthetically pleasing in both the visual and textual sense" has also become a trend for Instagram users. 

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    #4[TUTORIAL] How to change the background of an image in Paint (easy)

    [TUTORIAL] How to change the background of an image in Paint (easy)

    Do you need to remove and change the background of a picture? You only need the classic MS Paint to do it. Check this tutorial by bharathwaaj474 to learn it.

    Videos

    Free

    Scott Hayes
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "Ooh Boy! I know of other apps that can do the job in 1 minute whereas Paint (a very very old app) took almost 5 minutes. It was excruciatingly painful to watch. If I had to record my video using Paint I would have hired someone who was truly proficient in Paint who could do the job in about 2 minutes. No one would have lasted more than 1 minute watching this thing if they did not have to post a comment."
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    #5Stunning scenes to replace your photo background

    Stunning scenes to replace your photo background
    Changing the background of a photo can turn it into an absolutely different image at once. Fantasy, romantic, dreamlike, exotic, colorful - experiment with all the background effects from this collection by pho.to.
    Websites

    Free

    Patrick Ward
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "I would use this service in order to change the boring backgrounds of my many profile pictures. This website seems fun and easy to use. I will recommend this to friends also"
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    #6PhotoScissors

    PhotoScissors
    PhotoScissors interactive cutout tool for foreground segmentation enables new smart ways of removing backgrounds from still images.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- free trial, varies by plan

    Lawrence Martin
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "This backround removal software is awesome! They even have a free demo you can download to try before you buy. There are so many editing perks to this software. I sell lots of items on Ebay, and this software is perfect to cut out a bad background for any item I am selling, and I can replace it with the perfect complimentary background to make that item look enticing."
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    #7wikiHow: How to Change an Image Background in MS Paint (Green Screen)

    wikiHow: How to Change an Image Background in MS Paint (Green Screen)
    You want to change the background of an image. However, Adobe Photoshop and other photo-editing software can be expensive. There is an easy (and free) way to do it: "green-screening."
    Articles

    Free

    Peter Cooper
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "I had a great photo of my kids that I wanted to use for holiday cards, but there were trash cans in the background. I wasn't sure how to change the background until I came across the tutorial about using MS Paint's (Green Screen). Not only was MS Paint a program I already had on my computer but it was incredibly easy to navigate! The tutorial had detailed step by step instructions with photos, essentially making the process fool proof. I was able to change the background to a solid color and the holiday cards came out wonderful!"
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    #8Easiest Way To Change Photos Background Using Android Mobile

    Easiest Way To Change Photos Background Using Android Mobile

    This video by Youtube channel Telugu TechTuts shows viewers how to change image background with Picsart. This serves as an alternative to other resources where you have to pay.

    Videos

    Free

    Joseph Smith
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "I was seeking information on how to the change the background of a photo. I was a bit disappointed with the solution provided as I was unable to understand the language in the solution video provided. I would of preferred a solution which was in English so I would be able to follow along with video without any issues."
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    #9[TUTORIAL] How To Change Background in Photoshop Including with Hair Details Step by Step Tutorial

    [TUTORIAL] How To Change Background in Photoshop Including with Hair Details Step by Step Tutorial
    TUTO FACTORY has created this tutorial with a very clear step-by-step process to master this feature in Photoshop. It's easier than you think!
    Videos

    Free

    Paul Lawrence
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "This was almost an okay tutorial. The directions are reasonably clear, but the narrator fails to say anything meaningful throughout the entire video. He introduces the video at the begining, and then for some reason resorts to subtitles for the rest."
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    #10Two foolproof ways to remove the background from a photo

    Two foolproof ways to remove the background from a photo

    Looking to cut out the background from an image, but not quite sure how to do it? Well, no matter if you have Photoshop or not In this article Digital Trends covers two different methods that will get the job done: one that uses Photoshop, and one that relies on a browser-based Web app.

    Websites

    Free

    Billy Armstrong
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "I often have great photos but find that the background is unsightly. Using the article "two foolproof ways to remove the background from a photo" I discovered two programs that take the hassle out of editing photos. My life has been made so much easier, and my photos so much better, with the use of Background Burner and Movavi."
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    #11Remove.bg

    Remove.bg

    Remove.bg is a website that offers background removal services of pictures from any source for free. The site has also an API that users can use with their application for free, although it only supports photos with persons.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Scott Arpajian
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Remove.bg is a free online tool to remove the background from images automatically, with no interaction necessary. It uses Artificial Intelligence techniques to automatically detect and remove the background from most images in just a few seconds. It's trained to work very well with human faces and bodies, but struggles with images containing non-human subjects."
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    #12Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    florida Wilson
    Written on October 8, 2018
    "I am using Adobe Photoshop since last year and my experience towards adobe photoshop is really impressive and I would like to suggest to everyone.and anybody facing any type of issues related to adobe then they can go through http://www.adobesupportphonenumber.com/blog/fix-adobe-photoshop-error-16/"
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    #13Luminar

    Luminar

    Luminar is an image editing software for Windows and Mac that allows you to edit pictures with an easy-to-use interface. It allows you to apply filters, process raw images, shift hues, and much more. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $69

    Lori Little
    Written on June 10, 2019
    "Removing and replacing the background in my photos have been simple and easy since I've used the tools in Luminar!"
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    #14Clipping Path India

    Clipping Path India

    Clipping Path India is an image-editing services provider. This specializes in e-commerce and product photography. It offers various photo-editing services such as image background removal and photo retouching.

    Websites

    $0.49- Varies by plan

    Kevin Pitter
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "Because I always relay on Background Removal Services for all my cut out needs, If your skills are not good enough for this, I advise you to use an online service provide CPI. I love them due to their great customer service and in a very timely fashion. Imagine your concept of removing photo background, though at first glance it seems simple, in fact - very interesting and carries some meaning, you need to work a little on the nuances. So I'm very impressed with CPI. It has cut down my editing time by hours!"
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    #15Clipping Path India

    Clipping Path India

    Clipping Path India is a website that offers image editing and photo retouching services that has studios in the US, UAE, and Bangladesh. It consists of over 250 graphic designers for 24/7 customer support. 

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Theresa Hart
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I'm the type of person who likes to try and do things herself. Unfortunately, some things just can't be done without the proper level of expertise, even if you've got the recommended software. One such example is removing photo backgrounds without messing up, in any way, the focus of the photo. So, when I needed to have several backgrounds of photos removed for an ad campaign I was working on, I did some research and found this company. Their portfolio was excellent, and their prices are reasonable. I've become a long-time customer of theirs."
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    #16Bonfire Photo Editor Pro

    Bonfire Photo Editor Pro
    Bonfire Photo Editor is a professional photo editor providing stunning effects. It enables you to improve your photos in a real-time way. It also provides a user-friendly interface to adjust the filters.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alexander Hernandez
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "This app was intuitive to use and I could preview the changes to my photo. There are some nice and cool effects which can slightly or substantially enhance a photo. "
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    #17TouchRetouch

    TouchRetouch

    TouchRetouch is a photo-editing app developed by Adva-Soft for Android and iOS devices that offers you all the tools you need to efficiently remove unwanted content from your phone photos.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $1.99

    Nicholas Myers
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "TouchRetouch is probably one of the best solutions for editing photos. I needed to change the background of a photo and with ease I was able to convert the background with TouchRetouch. It was amazing!"
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    #18Background Change Pro

    Background Change Pro
    Background Change Pro is a photo background changer. After removing the original background you can choose from hundreds of different backgrounds for your images or pick your own ones on your local photos folder.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Samuel Hernandez
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I really like photo editing. Sometimes I put my friends in wacky places and send them pics. I was looking for a cool and easy background app to use on my phone. I downloaded and found it to be pretty good overall. I have used it many times now and it is easier to use than other apps out there. "
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    #19Change Photo Background

    Change Photo Background

    Change Photo Background is a tool that lets you change the background of your photos with ease. With your creativity and imagination, you can have fun removing the objects, changing backgrounds, erasing unwanted portions of your photos.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Paul Mendoza
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "Change Photo Background was such an easy app to use! I'm not particularly computer savvy & even I had no trouble getting the background of my granddaughter's portrait changed to get rid of some ugly barren trees in the background. I was able to make it my wallpaper on my computer & it looks great. Never could've done it without this app!"
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