You know how it works, right? You have a good photo you want to use on eBay or Match.com but you don’t want what’s in the photo’s background. Poles, lines, people, traffic. The photo would be great without the unwanted cruft that’s in the way. There’s a way to remove a photo’s background and it doesn’t require Photoshop.
Removing backgrounds from a photo was once the domain of the skilled Photoshop user. But you can get much the same thing from a one-trick pony app called PhotoScissors. As the name implies, PhotoScissors lets you cut out the background from a photo– almost as if you’re using digital scissors.
Getting rid of a background is simple, but requires a good touch with the tools. Draw over the foreground and background of a photo using the PhotoScissors tool. That’s it, right? Ostensibly, yes– but not quite. How you touch the foreground and background edges matters, so there’s some skill required; and a little trial and error– practice– goes a long way.
If you have a good touch on the controls, the results can be quite impressive, especially when you want to remove an entire background so only the foreground object remains in the photo.
PhotoScissors becomes a quick way to remove complex backgrounds or individual objects from a photo. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to put up a photo on eBay, or job site, or dating site but wants to eliminate the background. Just remember that removing a background and keeping a foreground object still requires a little effort and a deft touch, despite the anti-aliasing, feathering, and halo-prevention features in PhotoScissors.
Fortunately, the app developer recognizes the need for try-before-you-buy option. PhotoScissors differs from the popular SnapHeal app. The former removes the entire background so the foreground object you want is left by itself. The latter also removes background objects, but not the entire background; only items like rocks, people, poles, wires, or other objects in the photo you don’t want.
For any Mac user who wants to create a standalone image of an item– for resale on Craig’s List or eBay, or as part of a review, PhotoScissors helps keep the budget intact by eliminating the need for expensive lighting and neutral backgrounds.
This is nicely done but takes some work to master. The price is about right for a specialty utility and there’s a try-before-you-buy version.