Manual vs. Automated Photo Editing Tools to Remove Image Background – A Comprehensive research and review

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Gradient Background

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Single Color

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Gradient Background

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Single Color

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Gradient Background

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Single Color

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot

Gradient Background

  • Basic-shaped object
  • Simple-shaped object
  • Compound-shaped object
  • Complex-shaped object
  • Group Shot
  • Transparent Subject
  • Translucent Subject
  • Blurry Background

Background removing is one of the sophisticated photo editing services. It is very important for the modern businesses. The ecommerce and photography business are mostly dependent on this service.

The customers of the ecommerce products cannot feel their product directly. At first attempt, they can choose the desired product seeing the photos. So, the photos must be looking great. During product photography, the background may not be suitable for the showcase. Besides, there may have many unwanted objects in the background and that is why, these undeserving objects have to be removed from the product background. And it becomes necessary to place white background. The product image on the white background looks gorgeous and such a product becomes highly attractive to generate potential customers.

There are many challenges behind the background removing work. The designers have to pay proper attention at the time of this work. They remain very careful of the soft edge, shadow, resolution, and overall the image quality.

They select the main product creating path 1 or 2 pixels inside and so the image looks floating after dropping out the background. But, the image edge must be looking natural and realistic. Sometimes, they need to have masking and other such operation for making the edge smooth. The graphic experts have to maintain the product and the natural shadows. It is so much important to maintain the photo same as the product looks. The resolution and quality also should be maximum to represent the original product properly.

The designers perform this background removing service manually in photoshop for the best result. But, at present it is seen there are many online based automated tools for doing the same task. They are demanding that they can remove background maintaining the height quality.

So, we like to try these automated tools and evaluate their performance. For this, we have selected 3 automated online tools such as Autoclipping.com, Burner.bonanza.com, and Clippingmagic.com. We will apply the tools on the various types of product images and try to share the result based on our experience publicly one by one for the next couple of weeks.

Our Research area: For justifying the automated tools and manual photoshop method, we will apply these tools on the various shaped objects and background color. A list of the objects and background colors are given below:

Background Color Subject Types
Single Color Contrasting Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single Color Contrasting Gradient Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Multi-Color Contrasting Live Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Color Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Color Gradient Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Single & Same or Similar Multi-Color Background Basic-shaped object
Simple-shaped object
Compound-shaped object
Complex-shaped object
Group Shot
Special Case: Transparent Subject, Translucent Subject, Blurry Background

Scoring Distribution: We have set up some criteria to give them score according to the performance on these selected issues. Here is given the mark distribution table below:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 0%-10%
Work on Curved Areas 0%-10%
Work on Shadows 0%-10%
Maintain Image Resolution 0%-10%
Time it takes 0%-10%
Work on Holes 0%-10%
Re-utilization benefit 0%-10%
Securing subject pixel 0%-10%
Background Color on Subject 0%-10%
Skills Required for Editing 0%-10%
Total >=100%

And the scoring of 10% will be based on various labels like:

  1. 10% – Excellent
  2. 8%-9% – Very well
  3. 6%-7% – Good
  4. 4%-5% – Average
  5. 2%-3% – Below average
  6. 0%-1% – Failed
:  Photo Editing, Photoshop