Removing the background from your image opens a world of opportunity for graphic design. There’s nothing better than a magic wand tool to make this happen. However, you use it and download only to get asked to enter your payment information. Bummer.

If you don’t want to pay, you’ve got to find another free tool that usually leads to downloading confusing software. Those days are over. With Kapwing’s online magic wand tool, you don’t need to pay or download. Now that’s magic. Follow these steps and I’ll show you how it works:

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

1. Upload your image

First, open Kapwing's ‘Remove Background From Image’ tool and upload your image.

If needed, change the zoom percentage in the top right to fit the image within your view.

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 close together and turn them gray before you erase. Change the ‘Sensitivity’ to remove a smaller or bigger area. The right selects bigger areas and the left smaller areas.

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.

Also, Kapwing gives you the power to manually remove the background with the ‘Erase’ tool. Simply choose the tool, change the ‘Eraser size’ and click the image to start erasing.

3. Publish and download

When you’re satisfied with the cutout, click ‘DONE’ on the bottom right.
Don’t be afraid to use Kapwing’s full suite of editing tools. Not only does Kapwing offers all the basic editing tools but also more advanced features like:

• Customize your background
• Add images and logos
• Export as a GIF
• Add fully custom text & animations

Once you’ve perfected your image, click ‘Publish’ in the top right, wait for processing and click ‘Download’ on the final page.

The only thing left to do: put your image to use in the real world! And don’t forget to use Kapwing to remove the background on your next project.

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