This background removal tool just got a fancy new Photoshop plug-in
The online background removal utility Remove.bg has now made its way directly into Adobe Photoshop in the form of a plug-in.
Until now, the only way to use Remove.bg was to open up the web app in your browser and upload an image. Now, after downloading the plugin through Adobe Exchange, you can easily remove the background from a portrait, product photo or any other image with the click of a button or two.
Based on a past experience with the web-based version, Remove.bg isn't perfect by any means, but it's impressive considering how quickly it removes the background and it serves as a nice starting point at the very least, as it can create a layer mask of the cutout.
The Remove.bg plugin relies on the Remove.bg API, meaning pricing and usability is anything but simple. Even with the free plan, you'll need to sign up for a Remove.bg account, which in turns provides you with an API key. With the free account, you'll be limited to 50 background removals with images no larger than 625 x 400 pixels (0.25MP) and a single 2500 x 1600 (4MP) 'HD' image per month with the plug-in.
You're still free to use the web app version of Remove.bg free of charge, but the convenience of the plug-in is going to cost you if you're planning on working with larger images. Remove.bg offers monthly subscription plans, as well as pay-as-you-go plans, each of which have different tiers depending on how many images you plan on processing and how large the files are.
|A screenshot of the pay-as-you-go pricing options for Remove.bg|
Below are a few example images provided by and processed via Remove.bg:
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