Photoshop Made Easy — Part 1: Removing Backgrounds

March 6, 2012 | By Dee Ann Rice


This post is a part of a challenge being hosted byΒ Barry Wells.

In this challenge each participant will create 4 videos between February 29 and March 29, 2012. The participant then adds the videos to their blog.

These videos are to be on some aspect of Internet Marketing.

Barry is trying to get as many people as possible to create videos and ad them to their blogs.

If you are interested in participating please go to Barry’s post atΒ Β An Internet Marketing Video Challenge.

To find all of the videos being created for the challenge go to The Video Blog Challenge on Barry’s blog.

My Videos

I am doing a series of 4 videos on Photoshop.

In these videos I will be showing some Photoshop basics for the beginner. You may learn something though even if you have used Photoshop before as I will be showing several different ways of doing some things.

Photoshop Made Easy – Part 1: Removing Backgrounds

My first video is on removing backgrounds from images.

In this video I will show you 3 ways to use Photoshop to remove the background from an image.

After watching my video, I hope you can now easily remove the background from an image.

I love comments so, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the challenge or my video. Did you learn anything from my video?

Thank you for coming by and reading my post.




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1 Barry Wells
March 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

Thank you for mentioning and linking to the video blog challenge πŸ˜€

HUGE thanks for creating this video, it’s one I really needed to watch. You would’ve seen the photo’s I have of myself on some of my posts. I got my wife to take them but I didn’t know how to do all this so I’ve been having a curtain drawn with me wearing a dark colour so it’s easy to pick out with the magic wand.

I have had to get my wife to retake some of them when i was wearing a lighter colour as the wand would remove half my sleeve or part of my head :)

I now know that next time I’ll come back here and get a refresher before sorting them out one time :)

You mentioned your mouse dancing around in Camtasia. I had the same trouble on my old PC.

You know when you record the screen, there is a pop up menu with the rec button, there is a toolbar called effects, if you select it and then select “options”, a pop up window will appear, select the “cursor” tab, uncheck the “Make Cursor Effects editable in Camtasia Studio ” and try experimenting with that, perhaps the other explanations are that you may need to go to your Windows OS Control Panel, Mouse Settings and adjust the flashing cursor speed there.

It worked for me Dee Ann :)

Thanks again for mentioning the challenge. I have now added your details to the page as well as some others :)

Great tutorial, thanks πŸ˜€

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2 Dee Ann Rice March 7, 2012 at 6:15 am


Thanks for the advice on the cursor. That is so irritating when it moves so slow while using Camtasia. I have not had that problem all of the time but, was having it during part of that video.

You can use one of these methods to remove the background from most any picture. I did a picture once where the background in places was nearly black and one of the peoples hair was black. It was difficult but I did get the background off and kept the hair.

This is a great challenge Barry. Thanks for doing it and thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


3 Robert Corrigan March 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

great tutorial, I have not used photoshop for many years I use some of the free stuff such as Paintshop Pro 5 and Gimp. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next.



4 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 5:59 am


Even after I bought Photoshop I did not use it much but then I started learning how to use it and it is so much easier to do things in Photoshop than in most other programs.

I will have to say Adobe does not go out of their way to make it user friendly. I am slowly learning how to do more though and it is getting easier.

Glad you liked my tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


5 Dee March 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hi Dee Ann
I have never used photoshop but a short while ago I suddenly got interested in graphics. Have no idea why cos I am not the least bit technical! It is always good to know these things, you never know when you may need it.
It helps to have it explained so it is easy to understand.


6 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 6:03 am


I had never done much with graphics either until I bought Photoshop.

I think it was so difficult to used the free programs that I just thought I could not do it. Even though the programs were very user friendly, it was hard to make them do what I wanted done.

Then when I got Photoshop and started learning how to do the graphics on it, I started enjoying doing graphics.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Dee Ann


7 Glen March 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I do a lot of RED EYE, enlarging and cropping and a few other things with Photo Shop, but I was never able to understand the idea behind the layers before.

This is a great idea and a supurb video, of coarse with Ann Rice, I would expect nothing less.

The Sally Niel video was also very informative also.

My blog is a coulpe of weeks out of date currently; this idea of video and audio will be great, just as soon as I can talk myself into becomming a star.


8 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 6:07 am


I am glad that you were able to learn something from my video that you can use.

The idea of layers is one of the great things about Photoshop. The ability to have everything on a different layer that can be moved, hidden or deleted if fabulous.

I really love Photoshop.

I would also encourage you to do a video. They are fun.

Thanks for your comment.

Dee Ann


9 Adrienne
March 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

Wow Dee Ann, you make it look so easy.

I don’t have PhotoShop although I was using PhotoShop Elements before my computer took a nose dive last year. I borrowed it from my sister so I haven’t borrowed it again to reload it yet. But I did find removing backgrounds using PhotoShop so much easier than the other free programs. Guess I need to give her a call and drop by to borrow her software again.

Thanks for this great tutorial and now I know who to come to when I need help with this stuff.

Oh no, you’re in trouble now girl! lol…

Thanks Dee Ann! :-)
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10 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 6:13 am


You diffidently need to get Photoshop again. I was trying to do graphics with free or less expensive programs and was so frustrated.

The free or less expensive programs were made to be very user friendly for the most part but I could not make them do what I wanted and if I could make them do what I wanted it was very difficult.

Then when I got Photoshop I was over whelmed with just learning how to run the program and thought “This program may do what I want easily but now I have a program that I can not understand how to run”.

Slowly I started learning it and when you learn to think like Adobe it gets easier and does the job very well.

Let me know anytime it you need help I will be more than willing to contribute what little knowledge I have.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Dee Ann


11 Steve King March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Hi Dee Ann

Thanks for making this video, Photoshop is one tool I want to master but have yet to find the time to sit through all the coaching videos, which are great, but go on forever.

You’ve made it really simple and you’ve also just trebled my Photoshop knowledge, so I am a happy camper and will start using it in the very near future.

Thanks for making this one and I look eagerly forward to more



12 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 6:16 am


I have watched very few videos learning how to do Photoshop. I have used a few YouTube videos but, they are usually only a few minutes long.

I bought a book and use that.

I think as part of my video series I am going to show some of the the tools I used to learn how to do Photoshop.

Not just sure how I am going to do that at this point but stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


13 Cheryl March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Great video Dee Ann! You know full well that I use Photoshop ALL the time, but I wasn’t familiar with the extract filter. πŸ˜‰


14 Dee Ann Rice March 9, 2012 at 6:21 am


I cannot believe that I taught you (the Photoshop Wizard) something. lol

I did not know you didn’t know how to do the extract filter. I thought it was you who told me about that. I guess I must have read about that or Googled it.

I guess I am doing pretty good if I can teach you something that you do not know about Photoshop. It is a challenge now. What else can I do a video on that you don’t know how to do. :)

Thanks for stopping by and glad you learned something.

Dee Ann


15 Julie March 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

Well, that is a terrific demonstration. I love playing around with photos, but have never used Photoshop. Will have to have a look into that.

Nice one Dee Ann and thanks for showing us this.
Take Care


16 Dee Ann Rice March 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm


I love Photoshop and the more that I use it the more I love it.

I am still learning how to do things on Photoshop but as I learn it just becomes more fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Dee Ann


17 Nigel Yip March 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Dee Ann

Great photoshop video tutorial, you really did an excellent job explaining and showing the processes involved in removing the background. I only have photoshop elements and have never really exploited the program’s features to it’s full potential, so I certainly look forward to your upcoming photoshop videos in the series.

Keep up the great work and videos coming



18 Dee Ann Rice March 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm


Thank you, I am glad that you think my video is so clear. I always wonder if people will really understand what I am trying to say. It is good to get feedback on that.

If you have not used Photoshop very much I think you will enjoy the rest of my videos as they are all things that I have learned to do and I am just a beginner also.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann


19 Dawn Kay March 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hey DeeAnn

Wow I wish I could do that.

I haven’t got photoshop and am rubbish with graphics so always end up outsourcing mine.

I think its one of those things that I could learn to do if I had to but I dont want to (ha ha)

How are ya misses and how you getting on with profits theme???



20 Dee Ann Rice March 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm


I always avoided doing graphics until I got Photoshop. It is amazing what the right tools do.

Now I really enjoy doing graphics.

I am working on the profits theme. If life did not get in the way I would make a lot more headway. Sometimes I feel like I am treading water. I will get it done. Am planning on working on it this weekend. Want to get it set up so I can move on to putting stuff up on it.

Thanks for coming by and will catch up soon!

Dee Ann


21 Linda March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi Dee Ann!

This works the same way it does with PaintShop Pro which is what I use for all my graphics. I took years of lessons to learn it many years ago, but I kinda forgot how to take out the background, so thanks for the refresher :)



22 Dee Ann Rice
March 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm


Glad you are able to use this tutorial for the graphics program that you have.

I know what you mean by forgetting after learning it years earlier. Every time I use something on Photoshop I have to go to my book and refresh myself as to how to do it again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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23 Layne April 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

Awesome video!! Actually, lot easier than I thought. I never bothered to learn photoshop and purchased fiverr gigs for even smallest of small graphic needs. Your blogpost series are inspiring me to learn photoshop myself :)


24 Terry Conti May 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

You’re the best! People pay for this kind of information or dig for hours learning how to do it.

I remember using the magic wand to get rid of the back ground and kind of forgot how to use it until now because it’s not something I use and do everyday.

I never knew there are two other options on how to take away backgrounds. Thanks so much for this Dee Ann, what a huge time saver when I have to do this sort of thing again.

Will not forget this post. Will be checking out your other posts on this as well.

Terry Conti


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