How to Change Background and Remove Objects in Snapseed

How to Change Background and Remove Objects in Snapseed

In photography, things don’t always go as planned. Often, we encounter elements that intrude on our photos. Whether it’s a tree, shrub, or a tangle of wires, these elements can creep into our shots and disrupt them. Ultimately, the presence of these distractions makes it challenging to capture a photo with a flawless background.

How to Change Background and Remove Objects in Snapseed

You can change the background and remove objects from photos in Snapseed. While Snapseed is commonly used to enhance images, it’s also possible to use its tools to change the background. Although it can be time-consuming and requires patience, the results are worthwhile. It’s important to note that Snapseed doesn’t allow you to completely switch the background; instead, you need to use a combination of tools to achieve an artistic look. Here are the steps to follow.

1. Play with the Exposure of the Image

Step 1: Give the Image a Makeover

Before we begin changing or removing the background in Snapseed, enhance the image by adding a filter. Select a filter that preserves the natural tone, such as the Accentuate filter.

Step 2: Lower the Exposure

After completing that, remove the distracting background. Start by accessing Tools and choosing the Brush tool.

Use the Exposure tool to darken the background areas. In this case, an exposure level between -0.7 and -1.0 was used.

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Gently drag your finger over the areas. For detailed or small areas, zoom in on the image.

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Step 3: Patch the Bright Spots

The Exposure Brush effectively handles dark areas of an image, but it cannot address bright spots. For instance, the brush alone is unable to fix the TV in the background. If your photo contains such areas, the Healing tool is recommended.

How to Change Background and Remove Objects in Snapseed

The tool removes unwanted elements by covering them with patches from the surrounding area. However, it is not effective on images with many colors.

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Continuously touch the bright spots until mostly covered. Then, use the exposure tool to polish it off. You can either keep the background subtle or make it black, depending on your preference and the photo.

Tip: After touching up the photo, tap the Tick icon to save it. The resulting image may not be flawless on the first try, but it will suffice.

Another way to remove the background from an image in Snapseed is to use the Selective tool. This tool allows you to adjust specific areas by changing the brightness, contrast, and more. However, it only works on images with a slightly dark background.

Step 1: Use the Healing tool to remove any distractions from the photo. Smooth out any small spots.

Step 2: Select the Selective tool and touch the background, starting from the outer edge.

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Tap on the background and use two fingers to increase/decrease the focus area. The areas marked red would get dark. The tools in Snapseed are intelligent enough to differentiate between the background and the foreground.

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Step 3: Lower the brightness of the area by swiping left. Do this for all the points in your image until you arrive at your final outcome.

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In my case, my photo had a green cover. After selectively reducing the brightness, the image achieved the desired look. I didn’t want the dark shades to disappear completely. If you want a darker background, use the Healing tool.

How to Change Background and Remove Objects in Snapseed

This method works better on darker backgrounds or images with a single object you want to accentuate.

Which Method is Your Favorite?

This is how you can remove distracting objects and change the image background in Snapseed. Both methods require equal effort, but the results are worth it. Of course, it doesn’t have Photoshop-like results, but I’m willing to make this compromise. Depending on your image composition, you can choose the method that suits you. So next time you come across a photo with an unsightly background, give it an artistic twist with Snapseed. Not a Snapseed user? See below for a guide on removing messy backgrounds from photos using PicsArt for Android.

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