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If you have photographed something and you want to upload it online to sell it, it is probably best to remove the background of the image. Typically, people already have this in mind and take the picture of the object against a white background or a plain colored background. But if you have forgotten to do this and already have a digital image, its background can be removed easily, all thanks to a web app called ClippingMagic.

remove the background of an image

ClippingMagic is a free to use web service that helps its users remove the background of images. Although signing up for an account is not a requirement on the site, doing so results in better connectivity with the site and better app performance. You start by uploading the image that includes the object and background. Your next task is to highlight the object’s areas using a green highlighter. You also highlight the object’s background using a pink highlighter.

A preview of what the final image is going to be like is displayed in the right pane while you work on the image in the left pane of the interface. You will find that as you work on the image, the areas you select as the background are quickly replaced by an empty background.


When you are done making the markings and when you are satisfied by the preview, you can download the image in the PNG file format.



  • A user friendly web application.
  • Lets you remove backgrounds of images.
  • Lets you specify the areas of objects and backgrounds.
  • Provides resultant image in PNG format.

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  1. Baki
    February 1, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Clipping Magic isn't free... It asks payment to download the png picture at the end of background removal.

  2. Sal
    November 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    ITS NOT FREE.... you ARE an ASS HOLE!!!!

    October 19, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Great post

  4. Susan
    March 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Wish I'd known you have to BUY a subscription before I clipped my whole project. The link I followed said it was free :(

  5. Gwen
    January 22, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks so much for helping those of us who are a bit photo-editing illiterate.. Worked great for my project!

  6. Tom
    July 19, 2013 at 6:49 am

    It worked great for me on a fairly complicated picture that included hair, which they say it currently can't handle. First attempt was pretty close, second was almost perfect. I found it very easy to use, no instructions necessary. I'd recommend it for people to try, practice a little, and then judge results. I'm happy with it and will use it again.

  7. Burlshouse
    May 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, the results are terrible. Not very impressive. Very pixelated.