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Pixelmator tutorial: How to use Magic Eraser to replace a background

For quick and accurate edits, Pixelmator’s tools shine bright, and in this tutorial we show you how to quickly remove backgrounds

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Editing images with Pixelmator can be a real joy. Not only is it a really versatile image manipulation suite, but the toolset is among some of the smartest we’ve had the pleasure of using. One such tool that we’ve been attempting to master recently is the Magic Eraser, which is a great way of removing background elements of a photo.

What you need to start with is an image with a fairly plain, high-contrast background for the easiest experience in removing it from the subject. More textured images can cause you issues when you increase the threshold because colours begin to blend. It’s not impossible, but it can slow you up considerably, and at that point other tools may actually be more worthwhile.

Editing images with Pixelmator can be a real joy. Not only is it a really versatile image manipulation suite, but the toolset is among some of the smartest we’ve had the pleasure of using. One such tool that we’ve been attempting to master recently is the Magic Eraser, which is a great way of

What you need to start with is an image with a fairly plain, high- contrast background for the easiest experience in removing it from the subject. More textured images can cause you issues when you increase the threshold because colours begin to blend. It’s not impossible, but it can slow you up considerably, and at that point other tools.headerbarstep1

1: Start selecting

The Magic Eraser sits just below the Healing tool. Tap and hold on your selected image to use it. As you drag away from this centre point, you set the threshold.

step22: Go slowly

Increasing the threshold too fast can select more of the image than you want. Move in small segments, especially around tough areas like hair.

step33: Replace background

With the background of your image removed, drag and drop a new photo on top. Resize the image to fit your frame and then move the layer to the back.

step44: Find details

With your original photo on top you should be able to pick out any areas that still need fixing. Reselect the Magic Eraser and tidy up some of those loose edges.

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