Wondering how to change a photo background?

Use Movavi Photo Editor!
  • Image restoration with neural networks
  • Effective object and background removal
  • Automatic photo enhancement in one click
  • User-friendly interface with tips

Download the program and follow the instructions below

By clicking the button, you’re downloading the free version of Movavi Photo Editor.*

How to Change the Background of a Picture

Edited by Pat Bitton

April 9, 2020

Changing the background in a photo is something lots of people would like to do, especially if you often take spontaneous snapshots. It can happen that the foreground of a pic looks OK, but the background has a bunch of unwanted details that ruin the whole atmosphere of the photo. So, you can cut the foreground out of the photo and put in a new background. In this case, you need to make the image background transparent first and then replace the original background with a different picture. Use the transparency of the background to make stylish promo photos on the white background, beautiful ads, funny pictures, etc. There’s a whole world of possibilities!

To do this, you will need a photo background editor – we recommend you try Movavi Photo Editor! It’s a multi-functional app that will help you edit photos in a professional way without needing to be a professional.

To learn how to change the background of an image with Movavi Photo Editor, follow our instructions below.

Install Movavi Photo Editor

Open the file you’ve downloaded and follow the installation instructions.

Upload the Photo to the Program

Launch Movavi Photo Editor. Click the Browse for Images button and choose the image to upload or simply drag your photo into the working area of the program.

Replace the Background

First, open the Change Background tab. Click the Auto Select button to automatically mark the foreground objects that you want to keep in the photo. To manually mark the objects, use the green Foreground Brush. Then mark the background with the red Background Brush. Or, if you prefer, you can choose the Lasso tool to draw selections. Just set the starting point and the line will stick to the edge of the object as you move the tool around it. The objects you marked will have a marquee selection around them. You don’t have to be precise here, just click the Next button to fix the outline further.

Now that your object is selected, you can paint over the borders with Mask Brushes to add or subtract the areas. Use the Hair Selection tool to refine wispy details in images. Click Next again.

Your objects will be displayed on a transparent background. Now, you can choose any color for the background or leave it transparent. To replace the background with a different photo, click Add Image. In the window that will open, choose Upload to use a picture of your own or pick an image from our background collection. To discard changes, click Reset. When the result looks good to you, click Apply.

Save the Edited Image

To save the photo, click the Save button in the lower right corner of the program window, choose the appropriate image format, and click Save.

Now you know how to use our photo background changer. Place people and objects on new backdrops in a flash – it’s never been so easy to add background to photo with creative photo editing!

Was the Article Helpful?


Movavi Photo Editor

The easiest way to turn any snapshot into an eye candy

  • Improve quality and retouch blemishes
  • Add effects and filters
  • Crop, straighten, and flip pictures
  • Change image backgrounds and remove objects