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New! We now offer a Background Burner Professional Edition, built for the needs of small businesses and ecommerce merchants who need batch processing or consistent studio-quality results.

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
  • Fully automated batch processing available with our new Professional Edition
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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 don't see a perfect thumbnail, pick the best one and click "Touch up.

Use the red and green paint brushes to quickly mark areas to add or subtract.

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?
  • It's possible to change the background of a photo using image editing software like Gimp or Photoshop, but why make it hard on yourself? Once you Burn away the background from your image, just click "Replace Background" to upload a new one instantly.

How To

Edit and refine your image clipping mask
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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 "Save edits" 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.

How To

Replace or change the background of a photo
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Use Background Burner to remove the background, then choose "Replace background." Choose a new background from our gallery, or upload a replacement background of your own. Scale and position your image on the new background, then download it as JPG or PNG.

Feature list

Remove or replace backgrounds from images, automatically
  • Automatically removes the background. Our patent-pending technology removes the background from your image, automatically.
  • Removes white backgrounds, too. Automatically remove white backgrounds from photos, images or clip art.
  • Add or change photo backgrounds. Replace the background of your images, using hilarious2 images from our gallery or by uploading your own backgrounds.
  • Works with images, photos, or clip art. If it's made of pixels, then the Background Burner can remove the background.
  • Save as PNG or JPG. The JPG format offers the smallest file size, while PNG offers a transparent background.
  • Simple, yet powerful editing tools. Mark to give "hints" on areas of the background to add or remove.
  • Advanced editing tools for the control freaks.3 Use the pixel brush or polygon tool for pixel-perfect control.
  • Pan and zoom. If you like doing detail work, you've got all the control you need to get right down to the pixel.
  • Pick up where you left off. You can access your past Burns at any time by visiting your Background Burns Gallery.
  • Unlimited Undo. Make a mistake? No problem, click Undo to go back as many steps as you need to make it right.
  • Social sharing. Instantly share your masterpiece on Facebook or Twitter, or send a link for your friends to enjoy.
  • Hall of Fame. Become world famous by sharing your hilarious and/or bizarre creations. See what others have been creating lately with the Background Burner.
  • Fully-automated batch processing. We now offer a Background Burner Professional Edition, built for the needs of small businesses and ecommerce merchants who need batch processing or consistent studio-quality results.
  • 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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What the experts say...

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2 Hilarity is subjective. We can't guarantee you'll find our background replacement gallery as funny as we do, but we hope so.
3 Don't be ashamed, control freaks. We get you, because we're control freaks too. Nothing inspires quite like perfection.