One of the most difficult and time consuming photo or image enhancement problems, at least for me, has been removing a background image (turning it transparent), leaving only the foreground visible. Yes, you can do exactly that in Photoshop and a dozen other Mac photo enhancement or graphic design apps, but it’s a manual process which requires, time, a steady hand, and plenty of trial and error.
Or, you can drop in a shortcut and use an app like Super PhotoCut which speeds up the background removal process to a few simple steps.
The process to remove the background from a photo or image is straightforward. Open the photo, then select the area around the foreground you want to keep in the rectangle tool.
The example screenshot above is perfect. Use the red marker tool to highlight the background you want to remove (or, to apply effects). Use the green marker tool to highlight the foreground you want to keep. The background can also be completely removed from the image leaving only a transparent layer.
Super PhotoCut is a one-trick pony app. It doesn’t do anything else, but what it does usually is faster and easier than in more complex photo enhancement or graphic design apps.
Alright, that said, it’s still a trial and error experience. The foreground and background areas must be marked accurately and that takes patience and a steady hand. Fortunately, feedback is instant as both the original and altered photos are displayed side-by-side, and you can zoom in to highlight even small sections of a photo. Even the red and green brush can be resized to match the photo’s detail.
Super PhotoCut works fine on OS X Yosemite, and should work on older Macs, but I’ve received a blank screen when running on my OS X Mountain Lion review Mac.