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Remove backgrounds from images

The Background Burner quickly removes the background from any image or photo. Our patent-pending technology does all the work for you, automatically.

  • Free online tool automatically removes the background from images
  • Make your image backgrounds white or transparent
  • Even removes white backgrounds from images or photos
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Drag an image to remove background

How To

Remove your image backgrounds automatically
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Upload an image by dropping it inside the dotted box above, or by clicking "choose file." The Background Burner does all the work for you! Select the Burned version that you like best. Download your Background Burned image as a JPG or a PNG file.
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For best results, choose a contrasting background.

Try to take your picture such that the entire subject is pictured (not cut off).

If you see scroll arrows on the right, it means there are more options to choose from.

If you don't see a perfect thumbnail, pick the best one and click "Touch up."

To get a white image background, download as JPG.

For a transparent (alpha channel) background, dowload as PNG.

Frequently asked questions

Remove white backgrounds, save with alpha transparency, and more
  • How does the Background Burner automatically remove image backgrounds?
  • Easy: It's magic! Well... it's computer magic. It uses a large number of high-tech software algorithms to analyze your image and detect line, color and focus, to separate objects in the foreground from objects in the background.
  • Can I clean up my image background after it's been removed?
  • Yes. Every once in a while, the Burned version may not have a perfect background removal. If that happens, just find the thumbnail that looks the best and click "Touch up." Then use the interactive touch-up tools to perfect your background outline.
  • Can it remove white backgrounds from images?
  • Yes, it can. If you have an image with a white background, you can run it through the Burner and save it as a PNG. This will convert the white background into an alpha layer, making the background transparent.
  • Why is it so important to remove the background from product photos?
  • If you're selling a product on a marketplace like or, buyers are more likely to purchase when your product photo has a clean, white background. Case studies show that removing the background using a tool like Background Burner can increase sales conversion by 300%.1 You're welcome!
  • How can I use it to change the background of my photos?
  • While it's possible to change the background of a photo using image editing software like Gimp or Photoshop, the hardest part is removing the background in the first place. Luckily, the Background Burner does the hard part for you. Just run your image through the Burner and download it as a PNG. Then paste it on top of the new background using your favorite image editing software.

How To

Edit and refine your image clipping mask
Choose Refine Download
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Start by clicking "Touch up" on the thumbnail image that's closest to your desired results. Use the Erase and Restore markers to quickly give hints about which areas to add or remove. Once it looks just right, click "Use this" to download the image with background removed.
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The Background Burner will make several different "guesses." Pick the one that's the closest to what you want.

You can always pick a different guess later, if you don't like the results.

Don't be precise, just put marks in the general area and let the Burner figure out the details.

If you mess up, don't worry - just click "Undo."

To get a white image background, save as a JPG.

For a transparent (alpha channel) background, save as a PNG.

  • For General Use
  • For Marketplace Sellers
  • For Platforms

The Background Burner is the easiest way to separate the subject of your picture from the background. When you send us a picture, our technology will isolate the object you were intending to capture and melt away the cruft. Because it's hard for a computer to guess right every time, we also include a simple set of tools to perfect your result.

What's better, every time you use the tool, it learns from your results. The more you burn, the better and faster results you get.

Possible use cases:

  • Make cards, brochures, or other graphic design
  • Design a picture for your Twitter or Facebook profile (add new background as you see fit!)

Marketplace sellers are our speciality - images with a clean white background can increase sales conversion by 300%.1 When you sign up for a free seller account on we'll automatically prepare Background Burns for every item that you sell. You can then use your Burned pictures everywhere that your merchandise is sold.

We also provide the ability to upload images in batches from the "My Bonanza" page for Bonanza sellers.

Wish that the Background Burner was built into eBay, Amazon, Shopify, or some other selling platform of your choosing? We think it's inevitable that sellers of the future will expect the Background Burner to do the heavy lifting to make their pictures look great, regardless of where they sell.

If you're a seller on one of these platforms, email your customer service rep and tell them you'd like to see them integrate the Background Burner.

If you run a platform yourself, let's talk! Send us an email at and we'll help you make it happen.

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