Ever see those awesome (and hilariously awesome) photos of somebody or something, that looks like maybe it was cut out from an original photo? For example, a really cute portrait with the background removed, a dog on the moon, or the ever growing  twitch emotes.  

Making a photo cutout (or removing the background) of an already existing photo, is a fun and popular trend at the moment. It's a graphic design technique you can use to the replace the background of your image and transport your subject to a different setting. For example, you can make photo cutouts of a bridal party and put them together in the same photo for a Zoom wedding.

While it may sound involved, I'm going to show you some simple and easy ways to make your photo cut outs look professional and seamless, WITHOUT the use of complicated software.

So, let’s take that really cute selfie (don’t lie, I know you have one) and create a cut out of it! You can also opt to do this with ANY photo of your choice. Creative license granted.

Here’s what you will need to do.

  1. Your favorite photo(s)
  2. Kapwing's Remove Background Tool
  3. Removing the background
  4. Edit
  5. POST!

Step 1. Finding Your Favorite Photos

This shouldn't be too hard, but if you're using photos that are somewhere on your phone, computer, iPad, or old desktop... it might be good to locate them beforehand! You can also use Kapwing's direct image search to import a photo from Google –more on that in step 4.

Step 2. Using Kapwing's Remove Background Tool

There are a few ways you can get here. Head to your workspace within Kapwing and either jump straight to the tools section, or create a new project. Kapwing is great because they list the tools in chronological order. (This is also a featured item so you won't have to scroll very far.)

Step 3. Removing The Background

After you upload your favorite photo, start removing the background. You can manually remove sections of the background by selecting the "erase" tool. You can increase the brush size depending on the sections of the photo you are in. I usually have it on the smallest radius when I am outlining my main subject and then increase it as I start to go out towards the background.

Step 4. Edit The Photo

When you are finished with removing your background, now you get to edit! You can change the background, add a new photo behind it, whatever you please. The world is your editing oyster. You can also cut the background out of any other photos you add in this step, either by searching "Images" or uploading your own.

Step 5. Publish

After all that hard work, now you get to save and publish. I find that photo cut outs do really well as a thumbnail for a youtube video or an IGTV post. You can also just make your cut outs into stickers and post them on your photos, texts, or videos.

Thanks so much for hanging out! Hopefully this article helps, and you’re ready to start creating photo cut outs. Kapwing has some other great resources that will help turn your videos into professional looking content. Feel free to tag us with a #kapwing for an extra like and follow on any platform! We appreciate any shoutouts, feedback, ideas, and general user love. Happy editing!

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