Learn the basics about backgrounds for PhotoRoom designs

Written by Craig Wright
Updated over a week ago

When you import an image into Photoroom, the app removes the background automatically. You can then choose to add a background layer.

You can use any of these for the background layer:

  • Suggested AI background (Pro only)

  • Custom AI background based on your own requirements (Pro only)

  • Template from the Photoroom library

  • Custom template, using your own image as the background

  • Team template

  • Color.

AI backgrounds

Why spend time creating your own backgrounds when Photoroom's AI can do it for you? From photorealism to a variety of artistic styles, it can create the perfect background for your designs.

There are a wide range of ready-made AI backgrounds to choose from or you can use them as inspirations for new backgrounds. Alternatively, use prompts to describe the background you want and watch the AI make it a reality.

To learn more about AI backgrounds, see: Add an AI background and Create your own AI backgrounds.

Template backgrounds

A template sets the size of the canvas for your image and may also include pre-prepared graphics and text.

We have a library of templates to choose from, including templates that are the correct size for social media and marketplace sites. There are templates for different events, magazine covers, and much more. Or you can choose to keep the original background of your photo.

Alternatively, you can create your own custom template or use a team template. A team template is a custom template that's shared in a team workspace.

To learn more, see the articles about Templates articles.


When you choose a template, Photoroom applies that template to your image. Your design will then have a minimum of two layers:

  • Background layer

  • Object layer (for the subject of your design).

Some templates have additional layers for other parts of the template, such as graphics and text.

Photoroom shows an image with an orange background and white 30 per cent off text. The foreground image is a man on a mountain bike. A callout arrow points at the layer settings at the bottom, one layer for each part of the image.

Each layer has its own settings that you can use to change the appearance of that layer. For example, you could blur a background layer or change its color.

To learn more about viewing and editing layers, see Layers.

For instructions on how to edit your backgrounds, see:

Tip: On the Pro plan, you can resize your image. This gives you more control over the canvas of your designs. You can choose different sizes and proportions to those set by a template.

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