How To Erase Background In Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is a flexible application for creating vector graphics. However, removing the background of an image may not be as simple as it is in other software, such as Photoshop. To assist you, we have provided a tutorial on how to erase an image’s background using Adobe Illustrator.

Step 1: Open your Image in Adobe Illustrator

The first step is to open the image in Adobe Illustrator. You can do this by clicking on File > Open and then selecting the image you want to use.

Step 2: Select the Image

Once the image is open, click on it to select it. If the image is grouped with other elements, you can ungroup it by right-clicking and selecting Ungroup.

Step 3: Use the Pen or the Magic Wand Tool

If the background of your image is a single color, you can use the Magic Wand tool to select it. Click on the Magic Wand tool in the toolbar and then click on the background of your image. If the background is not a single color, you can use the Pen tool to manually select it.

Step 4: Delete the Background

Once the background is selected, press the Delete key on your keyboard to remove it. If the Magic Wand tool selected parts of the image that you want to keep, you can deselect them by holding down the Shift key and clicking on them.

Step 5: Save Your Image

After you have removed the background, you can save your image. Go to File > Save As, choose your desired format, and click Save.

Using Clipping Masks to Erase Backgrounds

Another way to erase the background of an image in Adobe Illustrator is by using clipping masks. Here is a simple example of how to do this:

  • Create a shape that covers the part of the image you want to keep.
  • Select both the shape and the image.
  • Go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make

The part of the image outside the shape will be hidden, effectively erasing the background.


As you can see, while Adobe Illustrator may not have a straightforward “erase background” function, it does provide tools that allow you to achieve the same result. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to easily remove backgrounds from your images in Illustrator.