In Photoshop, there are many ways to get your work done, you can decide to have your image or design with its background intact, and you can decide otherwise. If the latter is your desire, you can get the all-white background and colour away from your image easily and straightforwardly.

Below are easy to follow guidelines on how to remove all white from Photoshop and get your image and design ready to use in any way.

Key takeaways

  • Choose “white” as your sample colour in the “Color Range” box, set the fuzziness to 90 and select the option of “selection” under the image.
  • Select the region where the white colour is visible in your background and click delete on your keyboard.

Steps to Removing All White in Photoshop

Selecting the "open" option in the drop-down menu of "files"

Step 1: Open your File to get your document

To start removing all white from your work and image, the first step is creating a clean canvas to start your work. But if you prefer, you can also open up a file or image to work on.

If you wish to create a new canvas and design your image first, head to your screen’s left-hand side and click on File, on the dropdown menu, click on New and commence work.

On the other hand, if you wish to open an already existing work or image, head to the left side of the screen, click on File, on the dropbox that pops up, click Open, or press Ctrl + O. From there, you’ll be directed to your main desktop, choose the file or image you desire. It will immediately appear on your Photoshop canvas.

A fingerprint image on a white canvas

Step 2: Select your image for the canvas

The image above is the one taken from the desktop. To provide a clear explanation of how to remove all white from an image, the image above of a red thumbprint with white background has been chosen.

This image simplifies the entire process as it contains a simple element, the thumbprint, and the white background is prominent.

The dialogue box for "New layer"

Step 3: Unlocking your layer

The next step is to get the white off the image, but you need to unlock the layer background by naming it. Right on that background layer, you’ll notice a lock feature on it; once the layer is named, the layer becomes unlocked.

For that, click on your background layer, the layer where the white color background is on. For that, scroll to the lower right-hand side of the screen, proceed to the Layer box of the screen, double-click on the background layer, and a dialogue box will pop up.

On the dialogue box, you need to rename the layer; for this example, the name written is Layer O. You can always use any name you desire.

The fingerprint layer on a white background

Step 4: The unlocked layer

Once you name the background layer, it unlocks, as seen above. Here, the lock feature on the layer is no longer present, and the layer’s name changed from Background to Layer 0.

Selecting the option of "Color range" from the drop-down menu of "select"

Step 5: Change the Color range

For the next step, proceed to the top command ribbon on the screen and click Select. Then click on the Color range to get a dialogue box.

The dialogue box of "Color range"

Step 6: Color range changes

Once you click on the Color range, a dialogue box pops up for you as seen in the above image. There is “Select sample color” go ahead and click on white as the sample color. Afterward, change the fuzziness level to 90, click the selection, and then click ok.

The image of the fingerprint after applying the "color range" feature

Step 7:

In the image above, the selected commands’ result under the color range becomes prominent as the image shows all areas with the white color selected and highlighted.

An image of a fingerprint with the white background selected

Step 8: Deleting the white color background

Once the entire region where the white colour exists is selected as in the image above, go ahead to hit the delete button on your keyboard to remove every trace of white in the image.

The image of a fingerprint with the background selected

Step 9: Deselect the selection

Once all the above steps are carefully executed, your image as seen here is free of the white or white background. Press Ctrl + D to deselect the selection done earlier on the areas that contained the white color. An alternative to pressing Ctrl + D is to right-click on the canvas and pick deselect.

Once done, your image is white color free with its white background completely removed.


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There is no way to create something without having a background, but there are times when that background is unnecessary or not needed, hence the possibility of removing all white in Photoshop. By following the given steps above, any graphic designer can easily get the white background from the image at any given time to make use of the image in any desired manner.