Removing the background from your image opens a world of opportunity for creativity, and there’s nothing better than the magic wand tool to make this happen. Here's why!

Erasing your background with an automatic tool can leave behind unwanted sections, or remove parts you want to keep in the picture. Alternatively, using a manual photo eraser tool takes forever and can leave behind messy lines. A Magic Wand tool, on the other hand, is somewhere in the middle. You can replace large sections by clicking on areas of the same color, and remove smaller sections for a clean edit. To try this tool out on your images, follow the steps below.

  1. Upload your image
  2. Remove the background
  3. Export and download

1. Upload your image

In this tutorial, I'm using a free magic wand tool found in Kapwing to change the background of my picture. For new users, Kapwing is a free browser-based video editor with intuitive tools designed by and for creators. First, open Kapwing's Remove Background From Image tool from any device and upload your image.

A screen recording from Kapwing, showing how to enter the Remove Background tool.

You can click "upload file" to add your picture into the Kapwing Studio or click "get started" to begin with a blank canvas. To get a good look at your photo, you can change the zoom percentage from the dropdown menu.

2. Remove the background

Next, select the Magic Wand tool and click the area you want to remove. The Magic Wand will select similar pixels and turn them gray before you remove the section. That way, you get an idea of what your image will look after removing an area from the picture. You can adjust the Sensitivity to remove a smaller or bigger section of the background. Scrolling to the left decreases the sensitivity while scrolling to the right increases it.

magic wand selected

When you’ve selected the perfect area, click Remove Pixels to erase. If there’s an outline leftover just zoom in and select the area that didn’t erase. If you have a trackpad, you can also pinch to zoom.

A screen recording showing how to remove thin outlines from images in Kapwing.

Kapwing also gives you the power to manually remove the background with the Erase tool. The eraser helps you clean up parts of your background that remain. Simply choose the tool, change the eraser size and click the image to start erasing.

3. Export and download

Once you’ve perfected your image, click the green Export Image button in the top right, wait for processing, and click Download on the final page to save your image as a transparent PNG image file.

A screen recording showing how to download content from Kapwing.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

I hope this article helps you erase the background of any photos in seconds! If you're interested in more tips and tutorials on creating digital content in 2021, check out the videos on our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on simple image editing tools to use in your browser: