How To Remove Background In Adobe Illustrator

In this blog post, we will walk through the step-by-step process of removing the background from an image in Adobe Illustrator. It’s a straightforward and useful skill for anyone involved in graphic design or digital artistry.

1. Open Your Image

First, open Adobe Illustrator and navigate to File > Open to select your image.

2. Select Your Image

Once your image is open, click on the Selection Tool (the black arrow) or press V on your keyboard, then click on your image to select it.

3. Open Image Trace Panel

With your image selected, go to Window > Image Trace to open the Image Trace panel.

4. Choose Preset

In the Image Trace panel, you have several presets to choose from. For removing backgrounds, it’s usually best to choose High Fidelity Photo or Default.

5. Expand

Click on the Expand button at the top of the window. This will convert your image into vector shapes.

6. Ungroup

Now, go to Object > Ungroup or use the shortcut Shift + Command + G (for Mac) or Shift + Ctrl + G (for Windows). This will allow you to select each individual part of the image.

7. Delete the Background

Finally, click on the background of your image to select it, and then press the Delete button on your keyboard to remove it.

8. Save Your Image

With the background removed, you can now save your image by navigating to File > Save as…


And that’s it! You’ve successfully removed the background from an image in Adobe Illustrator. It might seem a bit complex at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be able to do it in no time. Have fun designing!