Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #35 – Remove Picture Background

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where you can learn how to remove the background of an image. It can be useful for all sorts of things…and can also have some unexpected results. I hope you enjoy playing with this new technique and join in on the linky party at the bottom of the page. It is open through the end of the month and I welcome new or old quilting/sewing tips or tutorials that you would like to share!

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here’s a list from last month’s link ups!

Binding a Quilt with Backing from Sandra,
Swirling Leaves from Andrée,
Background Fills from Rebecca,
Organizing Your Batting Scraps from Yvonne,
Hot and Cold Neck Wrap from Roseanne, and
Hand Quilting Tools from Karen.

If you didn’t visit them last month, this is a good time to check out what they shared.

Tutorial: Remove Background in Photo

Removing the background in a photo is something that has become very easy to do with the new versions of IOS. However, if you don’t have an IOS device, I am not leaving you out. I know another solution that I have used many times and it is browser-based so anyone who can get to a browser can use that solution. Let’s have some fun and learn how we can make a professional-looking item show up in our blogs as though we had fancy photography equipment.

On the iPhone (IOS 16)

  1. Select your photo and Save to Files. If you are unfamiliar with this, you select the box with arrow circled above. Scroll down and select Save to Files.
    2. Open up the Files app and locate the image you want to use. DON’T open it.

3. On the file list, press on the thumbnail of the picture. You will bring up a menu.
4. Scroll until you see Quick Actions and press on that.
5. Press Remove Background

6. You will then see it in the folder, renamed with the background removed.

7. This is the one I was playing with.

On a Mac (Current Ventura)

  1. Find an image and make a copy of it and save it in a folder, not in the photos library.
  2. Using Finder, locate the image you want to use. DON’T open it.
  3. Click on the file name and then click the 3 dots on the far bottom right

3. You will see a menu on the bottom right of the screen. Select Remove Background.

4. A file with the same name will be placed in the same folder with “background removed” in the name!

On Other Devices

I don’t have other phones or computers available, but for you, there is a solution! There is a website where you can do it for free.

  1. Open in a browser.

2. Select Upload Image or drag a file to the screen.

3. Once you have done that, you are given two options, with different image resolutions and even an option to add a design.

4. It will save your new picture to where your browser sends downloads, with “removebg-preview” added to the old filename. Here’s another example (you can see the last time I changed my blade on my rotary cutter).

Join the Linky Party

Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. The linky party is open from midnight on the 22nd, through midnight on December 31st. The post does not have to be new but should be one that hasn’t been linked to Tips and Tutorials in the past. If you don’t have a blog, please send it to me ( and I will post your tip or tutorial for you!

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Past Tips and Tutorials

In case you didn’t know, if you have missed some past #TTot22, you can check them out in the tab at the top of my page or on my Pinterest board.

Coming Up on My Blog

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. I will be replying but we are traveling the next two days so replies could be slow or emails get lost in the last minute deluge of sale emails. I will reply! Until then, enjoy your holidays!

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Looking Ahead to 2023
Shades of Blue Blog Hop 1/20/23
Tips and Tutorials 1/22/23
Villa Rosa Blog Hop 1/24/23

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  1. December 22, 2022 / 10:30 AM

    I haven’t played around with removing backgrounds on images much, but this is a great step by step tutorial showing how to do it. I’m off to see if the iPhone method works on my iPad!

  2. December 22, 2022 / 11:07 AM

    I didn’t know how to do this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  3. December 22, 2022 / 11:52 AM

    Thanks for this – I didn’t know how to do this!

  4. December 22, 2022 / 6:39 PM

    Well, well, well. I forgot you were going to share this tutorial with us today. Great instructions, Kathleen! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. December 22, 2022 / 10:06 PM

    Great tutorial. I must need to upgrade, because my iphone doesn’t have “quick actions” as an option! HMMM.

  6. December 23, 2022 / 7:59 AM

    I’ve always used a free Adobe tool to do this on my laptop and had no idea I could do it much simpler on the iPhone. I will have to play with it a bit because I can’t figure out where the “File” is for the photo I’m trying it on, but I’ll figure it out! Thanks Kathleen!

  7. December 24, 2022 / 7:49 PM

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! now I feel like a technowhiz!! LOL

  8. Vicki in MN
    December 25, 2022 / 11:06 AM

    I loved the tutorial on this, but I have an android and laptop so I will have to dig around and see if I can find out how on my system/s. I would think that photo shop elements would do that. I’ll have to look.

  9. December 27, 2022 / 8:37 PM

    I had no idea the iphone could do this, thank you so much!!

  10. Kathleen McCormick
    January 6, 2023 / 1:32 PM


  11. Tora Ragsdale
    January 20, 2023 / 7:20 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blog and appreciate the instruction.

  12. Susan Blaha
    January 20, 2023 / 8:39 PM

    Jo sent me.

  13. Barb
    January 20, 2023 / 9:37 PM

    Jo Kramer sent me!

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