One of the greatest benefits of digital photography is the capability to edit images directly from your computer. The AVS Photo Editor is an image-editing program that can be used to make minor adjustments and touch-ups to your digital images. Although the intention of the program is to perform operations such as cropping and red eye removal, it can be configured for more drastic editing tasks. This includes the removal of major image components, such as the background.
1. Navigate to the AVS4You website (see Resources).
2. Click the “Download Now” button in the center of the screen, then save the file to your computer. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
3. Select the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of the screen, then choose “All Programs” and select the “AVS4You Photo Editor” option to launch the program.
4. Click the “File” menu at the top of the screen, then select “Open” and navigate to the location of the image containing the background you intend to remove.
5. Select the “Brush” option from the column on the left side of the screen, then click the “Paint Mode” option.
6. Adjust the slider for the “Size” value until it is approximately 10 percent of the height of your image. If the background does not take up a large percentage of the image, you may wish to use a smaller brush size.
7. Change the “Softness” value so that it has a value of “0.”
8. Adjust the “Brightness” and “Contrast” values to “50,” then adjust the “Blur” value to “100.”
9. Use the brush to draw over the parts of your image background that you wish to remove. The background is replaced with white pixels.