Your Guide to Photo Background Change

Your Guide to Photo Background Change

This video was created in PaintShop Pro X4. There are updated tutorials available in the tutorial series Working With Transparency in PaintShop Pro.

This tutorial will teach you how to remove the background from an image or photograph. If you want to get rid of a white background, it’s easy with the background eraser tool! This tutorial will also teach you how to change or modify the background of a photo or copy the foreground of an image onto a different background in PaintShop Pro.

You will learn how to:

The Background Eraser tool lets you selectively erase pixels. When the backgroundbehind photo subjects is erased, fine-edged detail around hair or fur is retained. This tutorial guides you through the process of erasing the background from one image and replacing it with a background from another photo.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  • Remove the background from an image.
  • Copy the foreground of an image onto a different background.

Using the Background Eraser Tool

1. Click the Edit tab to access the in-depth editing features of Corel Paint Shop Pro.


2. Select Window menu, and unselect “Tabbed Documents“.


3. Open the image with the background you want to remove and the image containing the replacement background. You can open multiple images from the same folder by holding down the “Ctrl” key as you select the files and then clicking “Open“.


4. Working first with the image containing the background you want to remove, select Selections menu “Select All“. Then, select Editmenu “Copy“.
You can now close this photo.

5. In the replacement background image,select Edit menu “Paste as New Layer“.

Tools to change photo background

In the Layers Palette, you’ll see two thumbnails: Background, the replacement background, and Raster 1, the copied image.


6. On the Tools toolbar, choose the Background Eraser tool.


7. Erase the background by holding down the left-mouse button and dragging around the edge of the object you want to keep, making sure not to touch the object with the eraser tip. It is a good idea to erase little bit at a time, so you don’t lose all your work if you have to undo a mistake.

Photo Background Change in PaintShop Pro

You can adjust the size of the Background Eraser tool on the Tool Options Palette to make it easier to erase in highly detailed image areas.


Just save your new image, and your work is complete. You now know how to remove the background from your picture in Corel PaintShop Pro.

Photo Background Change

If you have enjoyed this guide to photo background change, be sure to check out the other tutorials that are available in the Discovery Center. If you have any ideas for tutorials or projects that you would like to see in the future, please leave us some Feedback.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (9)

  • LizaAlupay Reply

    Why does the image become zoomed in after following your instruction? The photo which i wanted its background changed is roo zoomed in that barely have anything to erase.

    October 28, 2021 at 2:38 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Liza,
      It’s possible this is happening due to the size of the images you are using. Are the dimensions of the 2 photos similar? If the photo that you want to remove the background from is much larger than the photo you want to use as the new background, it will appear zoomed in after you paste it on top of the background image. If this is the case, you can resize the photo first before you paste it on top of the background photo.
      Hope this helps!
      The Discovery Center team

      October 28, 2021 at 6:59 am
  • Martin Clift Reply

    I am half way through colourising a black and white wedding photograph., however, the original 1960s copy has been found and is in perfect condition. So that I don’t need to complete the whole colourising task, how do I just change the background to save me many hours of work?

    June 28, 2020 at 11:55 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Martin,

      This tutorial is for an older version of PaintShop Pro. We would suggest the Working with Transparencies series for more up-to-date information on how to replace the background.

      Discovery Center Team

      June 29, 2020 at 10:49 pm
  • Robert Hartsook Reply

    Is it possible to get written instructions for these tutorials? Watching the video is nice but it is difficult to work with a photo and do it myself without written instructions as to how to proceed.

    March 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Robert,

      Thank you for the feedback! We do not currently have written instructions to go along with this tutorial. We have passed your comments on to our tutorial team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      March 23, 2018 at 10:02 pm
      • Pete Hollyman Reply

        The sooner the better I say, especially the tutorial describing 4 tools for removal of unwanted objects!

        June 27, 2019 at 10:32 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Robert,

      We recently added a new series of tutorials on working with transparency in PaintShop Pro, and using the background eraser to remove backgrounds. These new tutorials have a written PDF available to download, along with sample images you can use to follow along with the video.

      Hope this helps!

      The Discovery Center Team

      July 19, 2018 at 9:44 am

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