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Removing a Photo’s Background
6. Click Rotate Right 90° . The apple now appears upright.
7. Save the document.
Removing a Photo’s Background
One specialized technique for editing photos allows you to remove the background
of a photo, leaving only the foreground image. For example, you can edit a photo of a
bird in the sky to remove the sky, leaving only the image of the bird. To edit a photo to
remove the background, you use the Remove Background button in the Adjust group on
the Picture Tools Format tab. Removing a photo’s background can be tricky, especially
if you are working on a photo with a background that is not clearly differentiated from
the foreground image. For example, you might fi nd it diffi cult to remove a white, snowy
background from a photo of an equally white snowman. Because the apple in Joel’s photo
contains a small amount of brown that is similar to the brown background, you will need
to make some adjustments to completely separate the apple from its background.
Removing a Photo’s Background
• Select the photo, and then click the Remove Background button in the Adjust group
on the Picture Tools Format tab.
• Drag the handles on the blue border as necessary to include parts of the photo that
have been incorrectly marked for removal.
• For marking specific areas to keep, click the Mark Areas to Keep button in the Refine
group of the Background Removal tab, and then use the drawing pointer to select
areas of the photo to keep.
• For marking specific areas to remove, click the Mark Areas to Remove button in the
Refine group of the Background Removal tab, and then use the drawing pointer to
select areas of the photo to remove.
• Click the Keep Changes button in the Close group.
You’ll start by zooming in, so you can clearly see the photo as you edit it.
To remove the background from the apple photograph:
1. Drag the Zoom slider all the way to the right to change the zoom to 500%, and
then scroll as necessary to display the selected apple photo.
2. In the Adjust group, click the Remove Background button. The part of the photo
that Word considers to be the background turns purple, and the Background
Removal tab appears on the Ribbon. See Figure 4-27. Notice that Word marks
parts of the apple itself as background. You can change this by expanding the
border with the white handles, which now surrounds part of the apple. Then you
can make additional adjustments using the tools on the Background Removal tab.
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