A blank or solid background can make the subject of a photo pop. This high contrast technique is sometimes required for profile or passport photos. When you add a picture to a website or social media, that image should clearly present what you have to show. Adding a pure white background not only helps viewers focus on your subject, but also helps the image blend into a white webpage background.
It can be challenging to create a pure white background on your own, especially if you’re creating product images. Typically, you need a white backdrop, expensive lights and Photoshop.
But, you don’t need all this professional stuff to make a professional background. You can remove the background from your image and replace it with a pure white canvas. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a pure white background with a free tool called Kapwing. Here’s how it works:
- Prepare your photo
- Upload to Kapwing
- Remove the background
- Download the photo
1. Prepare your photo
First up, you’ll need a photo. If you already have one, move onto the next step. If not, I’ll share some tips with you to prepare the perfect photo for a white background.
Since we’re making a white background, it’s good to take the picture against a white surface. Try to find a pure white surface like a furniture top or a piece of paper. By using an existing white background, your subject will have a nice shadow that you can leave in the photo to make it appear more realistic.
As for the lighting, natural light through a window works great. Just make sure the frame is fully lit so the white surface matches the white background we’ll add later. If you have a soft box light or another type of lighting equipment, use that. Professional lighting helps produce a more pure white background for later steps.
Once you’ve got a decent picture made, you’re ready to purify the background. If you want to dive deeper into creating the perfect image, check out this guide on how to take product photos.
2. Upload to Kapwing
Now, open the Kapwing studio and click to upload your photo. Once it’s uploaded, you may need to rotate the image using the tools on the right side. Also, change the background color to white.
3. Remove the background
Next, select the image and open the ‘Erase’ tool on the right. Zoom out so you can get a full view of the photo. Inside this tool, you can choose between the Magic Wand and the Eraser. The Magic Wand selects areas of similar color and removes them at once. The Eraser gives you exact control over which pixels you delete.
Simply, use the Magic Wand to delete big chunks of color and the Eraser to get close up and chisel out the subject in the photo. If you want to preserve the shadows we created in the previous step, don’t cut out the subject. Just remove the surrounding background; your existing background should blend into the new one.
When you’re done erasing, click the red "DONE" button and head back to the studio. Here you can realign your photo to the center and change the crop to get a better frame for your subject.
If you want more help with the erase tool, check out this article about how to remove background from images.
4. Download the photo
Once you’re finished editing, click ‘Export Image’ at the top right and wait for it to process. Finally, your image with a pure white background is ready for download. Go ahead and save it to your device or share with your audience on social media.
Now your pictures will show off exactly what viewers need to see without any clutter. If this guide helped you, be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page; we’re constantly writing new tutorials and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing. And, check out the related articles to keep learning: