Background Removal – Image editing tool in Word2010

There are many new features provided in Microsoft Office 2010, one of them in Word 2010 is an image editing tool-its the Background removal tool for photos. As the name suggests it removes the background from the photo. I can say, it does the job so easily and accurately. Such a tool is not provided even in many photo editing apps. This tool has been created in conjunction with Microsoft research. Let us see how its done-

Insert a picture from Insert > Picture, keeping the picture selected, choose the ‘Background Removal’ tool


As you choose this tool, it highlights in purple color, all the elements which are background. You can adjust the handles to include more of foreground elements you want.


Also you can fine mark it to include or exclude portions you want. And that’s all, once done close the tool and the background is removed like magic ! See the results for yourself!


And after this you can apply any artistic effects available and it will be applied only to the Foreground picture. Also one can crop the portion wanted using crop tool by right clicking on the image.

Here’s one more example-


And after applying Background Removal tool –

Of2010Akh2z(Thanks to Akhilesh- my cousin, for this photo)

Its a wonderful photo editing tool indeed which does its job so easily. I would suggest Microsoft to provide this tool in Windows Live Photo Gallery also. One more thing, how about providing an option where the background  portion in purple highlighted can be reversed with foreground. So in one click, we can just reverse the selection. Or an option to save the removed background portion. Sometimes that is also useful.

Will post about some other fabulous tools provided in Microsoft Office 2010 in my blog posts.

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17 Responses to Background Removal – Image editing tool in Word2010

  1. Jen says:

    Cor! I wondered how that was done. I have seen the effect before on photos. Clever Microsoft. Yes please, for having it in Gallery; or even Writer:-) Excellent idea

  2. Vasudev says:

    Yes Jen, that\’s a very nice feature, photo editing within Word2010. This feature is not found even on some photo editing apps. Thanks to Microsoft Research for putting it in Word2010, does the job very neat. Yes, would like to see this in Photo Gallery or WL Writer.

  3. Jen says:

    You mean, as a giveaway? (Giggle!) Poor them. They\’ve got to make a bit of money out of something. I went to watch the vids you linked on your other blog but will have to wait as they keep sticking. Grrrump! Perhaps the internet traffic will slow down later. I really fancy watching those. Did a survey for MSFT and gave \’em top rating. They deserve it.

  4. technogran says:

    Wow! Great post Vasudev! I love this feature, we need it in Photo Gallery AND writer pronto! (are you all listening Live Teams?) Funnily enough I was wanting to do this to a photo of mine, had to do it all by hand, wish I had this, would have been easy peasy!

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