How to Extract A White Background From A Stock Photo


This is a handy InDesign tutorial a technique certainly worth knowing. The quick tip is a huge time saver, because it means you won’t need to spend huge amounts of time in Photoshop cutting out photos using complex tools such as the lasso tool and pen tool. This technique won’t work every photo only photos with a solid white background, never the less still a great technique.

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Tutorial Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Tutorial estimation time: 1 min

Program: InDesign CS6



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One thought on “How to Extract A White Background From A Stock Photo

  1. I couldn’t agree more with mike.
    First of all, why would you do this in InDesign and not Photoshop? Second, you are not removing the background at all, you aren’t even making it transparent. You are applying a blending mode.
    You realize this won’t work if you place that photo on top of any background other than white, right?

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