Review of Manual vs. Automated Photo Editing Tools to Remove Image Background – Similar Color Background – Experiment #4

It is the fourth part of our experiment. In this experiment, we ran tests on the various objects with similar color background. Previously, all the images tested had contrasting colors. The reason we selected similar color background is that, the selection of subject becomes very tough when you want to automate the background removing technique. But, all the automated tool may not be the same. So, this in our opinion is the best option to really test what the automated tools offer.

This experiment is also a part of our series content. We here have tried to knock out the background of some images using Adobe Photoshop manually and also three online image background removing tools such as Auto Clipping, Background Burner, and Clipping Magic. So, let’s dig deep to see which performs better, Manual vs. Automated.

We have taken an advantage of comparing and contrasting with one another. These online tools provide us shocking experience. And we have discussed it here. We have written a review based on our experience of using Photoshop and the three automated online tools mentioned earlier.

 

Basic Shaped Object

(Shapes like boxes and round objects)

Similar Color Background:

Firstly, we have taken a photo of mobile with same color background. Removing background from such an image is not easy automatically and that’s why, we select this image so that we can test these tools.

We upload the image in autoclipping.com tool and try to remove same color background. We use two red and green manual tools for selecting the foreground and the background color. The red one is for selecting background and on the contrary, the green is for selecting your objects. Anyway, we drag these tools and automatically it removes background.

autoclipping2

The above attached photo is the outcome of the online automated tool. We are requesting you to have a look on the image at basic shaped object. You can feel the problems. Though it removes background well, it also ruins the resolution, curves, edges, and shape of mobile. It is looking unreal, funny, and the work of a kid. Besides, it breaks its promises of automation, because it is also providing some tools for working manually.

Score for Auto Clipping: 38%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 2%
Work on Curved Areas 2%
Work on Shadows 2%
Maintain Image Resolution 5%
Time it takes 8%
Work on Holes 5%
Re-utilization benefit 0%
Securing subject pixel 3%
Background Color on Subject 4%
Skills Required for Editing 7%
Total 38.00%

 

background burner2

Next, we have uploaded this image on Background Burner for removing backdrop of this same image. Here, we face a burning dragon which burns the background. But, it cannot do the job properly, rather it ruins the shape and resolution. It also destroys the edge, curves, shadows, and in some places, it cannot remove the background. Amazingly, it is saying of automation, but it also provides retouch options that break the commitment.

Score for Background Burner: 44%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 3%
Work on Curved Areas 5%
Work on Shadows 3%
Maintain Image Resolution 6%
Time it takes 8%
Work on Holes 5%
Re-utilization benefit 2%
Securing subject pixel 4%
Background Color on Subject 0%
Skills Required for Editing 8%
Total 44.00%

 

clipping magic2

Then, we have applied Clippingmagic automated tool for removing the background from the same photo of the basic shaped object. It works better than the other two tools. It maintains resolution and shadows nicely, but it fails to remove background completely. Some portions still you can see in the background that is not fulfilling the purpose.

Score for Clippingmagic: 53%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 5%
Work on Curved Areas 5%
Work on Shadows 4%
Maintain Image Resolution 6%
Time it takes 7%
Work on Holes 4%
Re-utilization benefit 3%
Securing subject pixel 5%
Background Color on Subject 6%
Skills Required for Editing 8%
Total 53.00%

 

manual

Being frustrated with these so called automated tools, we tried to cut out background in Photoshop by hand. We opened the same image in Photoshop, created path with Pen tool around image, make selection, and delete the background. We also apply white background and shadow carefully. And thus we got the perfect photo as we desired manually. See the above image where you will get perfect resolution, shadow, curves, edge, pixels or holes, etc. It seems to us that Manual photo editing in Photoshop is the best tool rather than the any online automatic tool.

Score for Manual Photo Editing: 80%

Breakdown:

Performance Fields Marks
Working with Soft Edges 10%
Work on Curved Areas 10%
Work on Shadows 10%
Maintain Image Resolution 10%
Time it takes 2%
Work on Holes 8%
Re-utilization benefit 10%
Securing subject pixel 10%
Background Color on Subject 10%
Skills Required for Editing 0%
Total 80.00%

 

Object Background Manual AC BB CM
Basic Shaped Object Similar Color Background: 80% 38% 44% 53%

 

Conclusion:  Though the automated image editing tools can do job faster, they cannot achieve the desired quality of the photos especially for removing background. Whereas, the same job in photoshop is being completed with full quality. This tool removes background and if needs, you can use it for further retouching photos, no matter the types and shapes of images. Whatever you want, you can do in Photoshop, but the automatic tools cannot do so, even they fail what they are made for.

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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

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:  Photo Editing, Photoshop