Vanessa DeBurlet

How To Remove The Background From Photos
Published December 9, 2021

Vanessa DeBurlet



How To Remove The Background From Photos

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of the background from the outline of your photo or your portrait so that you can take that picture and place it onto something else? We call that creating a transparent background.

We’re you’re going to learn how to do that today in this article.

Removing The Background With Canva

The first thing we’re going to do is go to Canva Pro. You can get access to Canva for free but for this demonstration, I’m using the Pro account. And, if you want to check out the Pro account yourself and see what it does, I highly recommend that you try it for 30 days for free with this link.

I put off getting the Pro account for a really long time and I regret doing that because it has so many useful features. Removing the background from photos is just one of them.

However, if you choose not to use Canva Pro because you don’t need all those other features and you still want to know how to remove a background, I have a second way to show you. That way, you can choose which one works best for you.

Here are the steps to take to remove a background using Canva Pro:

  1. First, you want to create a new design and select “create thumbnail”. This is because, as a YouTuber, it’s the most frequent way that I use this feature.

creating thumbnail

  1. Upload an image of yourself. I just took a photo of myself with my iPhone and then uploaded it to my laptop so I could upload it to Canva. As you can see, the image has a background.
  2. Now, just move the image onto the blank workspace. You can get the image to fill the space by moving it slowly to the edge of the workspace. However, depending on the size of your image, you may lose some of it or it may not fit correctly. In this case, just click on the image and then stretch it out manually to fill the space.

resizing image

  1. Click on the image in your workspace and you’ll see different features pop up in the top menu bar.
  2. If you click on “effects”, you’ll see the option to remove the background. Click on that.

selecting effects

removing background from image

Once you’ve done that, you’ll have an image with a white background, not a transparent one.

To get a transparent background, there are a couple of steps we have to take:

  1. Download the image onto your computer with a transparent background.

downloading image with transparent background

If you try to add a different background to the current image, you’ll find that it doesn’t work because you don’t have the option of moving the background that you select to the back. So, if you select a background to add, it will just appear over the top of your photo.

So, to overcome this, once you’ve downloaded your photo with the transparent background, you need to upload it again. Then, you can add it on top of the different backgrounds that you’ve selected.

adding image on top of background

You can make the background a little lighter by changing the transparency.

increasing transparency

With this process, I can put my photo onto any background that I want. I could even just select a plain color background instead of using the image of a living room or something similar.

Using A Free Remove Background Website

Now, what if you don’t want to use Canva Pro? Maybe you’ve been using the free program, and you’ve decided that you don’t really like Canva. Or, maybe there’s just a couple of times that you need that transparent background. So here’s the second way that you can do it.

You can go to a website called All you have to do is upload your image and wait for the site to remove the background for you. You don’t have to sign up for an account or even log in.

Just upload your image and then, download the altered image to your computer.

So, that’s two simple ways that you can remove the background from your images. You can then use those images anywhere you want.

Hopefully, this has been useful and you’ve learned something new.

You’ve Got this!

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