At some point in your digital life, you're going to want to remove something from an image or photo. Whether you need to cut someone out and put them on a different background, or just cut out the background, you might consider doing it with Pixlr Editor. It's free and available from your browser. There are some advanced tools in the app, but if you're a beginner the details can be hard to understand. Hopefully, this Instructable will help you get it done. 

If your image is simple, you can just use the magic wand. If it has a complex background and you are hoping to cut out a particular element of the image, you'll want to use the Lasso tool. With this tool, you'll be tracing around the object you want to cut out manually. A great example of this type of use is cutting out a person completely from an image and pasting their likeness into an entirely different image. This is very doable, but it requires some skill and effort. You're going to need to take your time the first few times you tackle this process, but once you get the hang of it, it should become second nature.

Two lasso tool options

The *freehand* lasso tool can be used to draw around an area with your mouse. It can be difficult to do this with precision using a mouse. It's much easier to do if you're using a pen-and-tablet device (although of course most people do not use those). You may instead want to use the *polygonal* lasso tool. With the polygonal tool, click and click again and keep laying down straight lines, with Pixlr connecting your points along the way. In this way, you'll be able to have finer control over what you're cutting out. Your ultimate goal is to draw a point-by-point area that closes in on itself at the end — you end up where you started and have your area selected.

Step 1: Select the Lasso Tool From the Toolbar and Create a Path

Check your tool options and make sure you have selected the polygonal lasso tool if that is what you are planning to use. Then, click on a starting point in your image. Move your mouse along the path that you want to draw. Keep clicking as you go to keep laying down the path, drawing your way carefully around the object you will be cutting out.

Make a mistake? You can add to your path by holding down the Shift key. You'll see a small plus sign near your cursor, which means you can add to the selection with a few clicks. At this point, you can even switch to the freehand tool to carefully add to your selection. Place your pointer somewhere inside your selection and draw outside of the selection to choose the areas you want to add, ending your dragging back inside your selection at your starting point. You'll see that your selection has expanded to include the area you drew. This is great for capturing detail that may have been hard to capture with your first pass. You may even want to zoom in to do this kind of detail work. 

Similarly, you can remove part of your path by holding down the Alt or Option key. You'll see a minus sign, and you can remove areas in much the same way by drawing inside and outside of the selection area. Again, I recommend using the freehand tool to do this kind of work. And again, draw your path and end up where you started, and you'll see that area has now been removed from the selection area. 
<p>What happened to the comments?</p>
<p>What do you do after you trace the image with the lasso tool? What do you click to get completely rid of the background? To where the picture is only what you traced?</p>
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Thanks! I've used the laso... But didn't know about the polygon option... Neither did I know most of your 'Tips'.. Will try it out for sure

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