How to Replace an Image Background using the Photos app in Windows 11

Replace background image with Photos app

The article provides a guide on how to replace an image background using the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 11. This app, having a built-in feature for background replacement, can be used to remove unwanted objects, change to an appealing background, or make professional images for online use. Techniques include using the ‘Edit image’ button, selecting ‘Replace’ option, manually adjusting the color codes, and applying the background brush tool. Lastly, changes should be saved as a copy.

This article explains how to replace an image background using the Photos app in Windows 11.

The Microsoft Photos app is a built-in image viewer and editor that allows users to view, edit, and organize their photos and images. You can include and display your photos stored on OneDrive within the app.

Not only can you remove an image background in the Photos app, but you can also replace a background without a third-party tool. This is a built-in feature that is available for all users.

Replacing an image background using the Photos app can be useful in many situations. For example, you may want to remove an unwanted object or person from the background or change the background to a more appealing one.

This feature can also help create professional-looking images for social media or other online platforms. Additionally, since the Photos app is a built-in tool on Windows 11, you don’t need to download any third-party applications to achieve this effect.

Replace an Image background using the Photos app

As described above, users can use the Photos app in Windows to replace an image background without using a third-party tool.

Here’s how to do it.

First, select the photo and open it using the Photos app. When the app opens, click the Edit image button on the toolbar or press the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+E).

Photos app edit button

Next, on the Background tab on the toolbar.

Background edit button

The Photos app will automatically start Finding the background of the image. When the image is in focus, click OK, then select ‘Replace‘ to replace the background.

Use the color selector to select and adjust the background color, including manually entering the Hex or RGB color codes to suit your background. 

Windows 11 replace image background using the Photos app

If you want to change the background area further, turn on the Background brush tool. Use the tool to Add or Subtract background areas and adjust the Brush size and softness level.

Relace an image background using the Photos app

When you’re done, click the Apply button to save your changes. Finally, click the Save a copy to save your changes.

That should do it!


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