Background Remover

Removing and changing the background of an image is one of the oldest photo editing tricks in the book. “Can you put me in Hawaii?” your fun-loving uncle might ask you when he learns about your photo editing skills. With Luminar the answer is “yes you can.” Though let’s be honest, removing and swapping an image background can go even further beyond putting your uncle in front of a beach.

Step One: Understanding Layers and Masks

In Luminar, removing a background using layers and masks isn’t technically a process of removal. Once we understand what layers and masks do to an image, we can see that it skips the step of actual removal and offers background ‘replacement’ by revealing the image layer below. Here’s a recap of the concepts:

Understanding ‘Layers’

Your starting image in Luminar is called ‘Layer 0.’ But you can also open up an entirely different photo, and add it as a layer on top or below your original photo. In this case, this image could be your desired background. You can then edit each image separately using Luminar’s presets and filters.

Understanding ‘Masks’

Adding a mask to a layer simply enables you to create different areas of transparency. This allows you to reveal parts of the image layer below. Think of it like tool that can create eye-holes in a mask, to reveal the person underneath. Or in this case, the layer below that you want to reveal for your background.

Step Two: Removing and Changing Background

Choose Background Image & Add Layer

So you kindly decide to put your uncle in front of a Hawaiian beach. First step is to open the picture of your Hawaiian background in Luminar. Try and find a background with similar lighting! Uncle’s picture taken in the afternoon sun? Find a mid-day sun Hawaiian background! If the tones don’t match uncle’s scene, use Luminar’s filters to play with temperature and color.

The next step is to click the “+” by “Layers” in the right panel. Choose “Add New Image Layer” and select the picture of your uncle. This will add the clip of your uncle as a top layer, above the Hawaiian background.

Fit the Background

Chances are the background isn’t a perfect match yet. Turn the opacity down to 50% on the layer panel. Then click the “Transform” icon, the square on the right panel. Now you can adjust the uncle perfectly onto the background. Click “Apply” and then turn the opacity back to 100%.

Mask to Remove & Reveal the Background

To remove the existing background of your uncle’s photo click the mask paint brush on the far-right tool bar. Now make sure the brush settings are set to the black circle, next to brush size options at the top. This will pierce through the top layer, removing it, and reveal the layer below as your new background. Paint over your uncle’s background with the brush and it will reveal the Hawaiian background below.

Note that you can change the brush size and opacity for total control and finesse. You’ll want to zoom in on the image and use a small brush size to reveal the background along the outline of your uncle! Make a mistake? Simply change the brush colour to white and repaint the area! Try it!

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