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Add and remove parts of an image with Edit Cutout
Add and remove parts of an image with Edit Cutout

Learn how to use Edit Cutout to remove parts of an image (and restore them if needed)

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Written by Craig Wright
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With Photoroom's Edit Cutout tool, you can control precisely which parts of objects and backgrounds are included in your design. Depending on your requirements, you can either:

  • Erase parts of an image

  • Restore parts of an image that have been removed.

To learn how to use Edit Cutout, select the link for your device:


On iPhone and iPad

To use Edit Cutout on an iPhone or iPad:

(Video shows Edit Cutout on iPhone)

  1. On the Create page, Select Start from photo and then choose an image to import. Alternatively, select Your Content and then choose an existing design to edit.

  2. If you imported a new image, select a template so that your image has a background layer.

  3. Select an object on your image.

  4. Select Edit Cutout.

    You now have options for Assisted and Manual cutouts. You can use either or both to edit your image. In the following steps, we will explain how to use both features.

    Edit Cutout options. Assisted mode, Manual mode, Erase and Restore.


  5. Select Assisted.
    In this mode, Photoroom will help you by detecting objects and areas that have a similar color.

  6. Select the mode for editing:

    • Erase to remove parts of the image

    • Restore to recover parts of the image.

  7. Tap on an area of the image that you want to erase or restore. Photoroom will detect pixels of a similar color in that area and will remove or restore them.

    Image of a bird perched on a branch. The bird is included in the image. The branch has red dots on it to show that it is going to be erased.



    For best results, tap on a specific point. If you "draw" a line over an area, you will get a less precise result as Photoroom will add or remove a larger area.

  8. Select Manual.
    In this mode, Photoroom does not assist. It will only add or remove the pixels you select.

  9. Select the mode for editing, either Erase or Restore.

  10. Select the Brush width. This controls the size of the area you select.

    Note that you can change the size of the brush while you are editing. Drag the settings up from the bottom of the screen and set the Brush width.

  11. Draw over the area that you want to add or remove.

    Image of a bird perched on a branch. Part of the branch is almost invisible. An arrow points to the cursor to show that parts of the branch are being erased.



    For more precision, use gestures to zoom in, zoom out, and pan your image.

  12. Select Done to approve your changes and close the Edit Cutout tool.

  13. Select Done to close the object layer settings.

  14. Select Export. Use the export options to save and share your image.


On Android

To use Edit Cutout on an Android device:

(Video shows Photoroom on Android)

  1. On the Create page, Select Start from photo and then choose an image to import. Alternatively, select Your Content and then choose an existing design to edit.

  2. If you imported a new image, select a template so that your image has a background layer.

  3. Select an object on your image.

  4. Select Edit Cutout.

    You now have options for Assisted and Manual cutouts. You can use either or both to edit your image. In the following steps, we will explain how to use both features.

    Edit Cutout options. Assisted mode, Manual mode, Erase and Restore.


  5. Select Assisted.
    In this mode, Photoroom will help you by detecting objects and areas that have a similar color.

  6. Select the mode for editing:

    • Erase to remove parts of the image

    • Restore to recover parts of the image.

  7. Tap on an area of the image that you want to erase or restore. Photoroom will detect pixels of a similar color in that area and will remove or restore them.



    For best results, tap on a specific point. If you "draw" a line over an area, you will get a less precise result as Photoroom will add or remove a larger area.

  8. Select Manual.
    In this mode, Photoroom does not assist. It will only add or remove the pixels you select.

  9. Select the mode for editing, either Erase or Restore.

  10. Select the Brush width. This controls the size of the area you select.

    Note that you can change the size of the brush while you are editing. Drag the settings up from the bottom of the screen and set the Brush width.

  11. Draw over the area that you want to add or remove.

    Image of a bird perched on a branch. Part of the branch is almost invisible. An arrow points to the cursor to show that parts of the branch are being erased.



    For more precision, use gestures to zoom in, zoom out, and pan your image.

  12. Select Done to approve your changes and close the Edit Cutout tool.

  13. Select Done to close the object layer settings.

  14. Select Export. Use the export options to save and share your image.


On Web App

To use Edit Cutout on the Web App:

(Video shows Photoroom on Web App)

  1. Select Select a photo and then choose an image to import. Alternatively, select Designs in the Your Content section and then choose an existing design to edit.

  2. Select an object on your image.

  3. Select Edit Cutout.

    You now have options for Guided and Manual cutouts. You can use either or both to edit your image. In the following steps, we will explain how to use both features.


  4. Select Guided.
    In this mode, Photoroom will help you by detecting objects and areas that have a similar color.

  5. Select the mode for editing:

    • Erase to remove parts of the image

    • Restore to recover parts of the image.

  6. Click on an area of the image that you want to erase or restore. Photoroom will detect pixels of a similar color in that area and will remove or restore them.

    Image of a bird perched on a branch. The bird is included in the image. The branch has red dots on it to show that it is going to be erased.



    For best results, click on a specific point. If you "draw" a line over an area, you will get a less precise result as Photoroom will add or remove a larger area.

  7. Select Manual.
    In this mode, Photoroom does not assist. It will only add or remove the pixels you select.

  8. Select the mode for editing, either Erase or Restore.

  9. Select the Brush size. This controls the size of the area you select.

  10. Draw over the area that you want to add or remove.

    Image of a bird perched on a branch. Part of the branch is almost invisible. An arrow points to the cursor to show that parts of the branch are being erased.



    For more precision, zoom in and zoom out on your image. Use your trackpad or mouse wheel to zoom.

  11. Select Confirm to approve your changes and close the Edit Cutout tool.

  12. If you imported a new image in step 1, it will have a white background by default. You can choose a different background from the Templates sidebar.

  13. Select Download to save your image and download a copy in the browser.


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