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White Background: Why You Need It & How To Create It

Photos and backgrounds have proven to become more important than ever before. Tons of businesses and brands online find themselves having to remove backgrounds from images in bulk.

As a result, we now have several AI-based background remover tools on the market to help businesses and creators remove the background from images and get a plain white background. This is particularly true of e-commerce brands. 

Why do e-commerce brands opt for a white background?

An all white background seems to be their go-to option for the following reasons: 

The product gets the attention

When you are listing a product, it is essential to ensure all the attention goes to the product in question. You can make this happen by removing potential distractions in the background. Having a plain white background can help you do this effectively. 

Save tons of money

As you probably know, running and managing an e-commerce store is an expensive affair. When it comes to listing products, you need to spend on high-quality photographs of the products, hiring models to sport the products, getting the product description, etc. 

Since e-commerce sites often have a wide range of products to showcase, they turn to a color like white for the background, thus saving heaps of time for editing in the process. 

However, if you were to add a real background, you would have to spend time and money on photographers, shooting at the right locations, etc. Having a simple white background can help you save a lot of money. Use Erase.bg to get the best results without spending a dime. 


Simplicity can take you a long way. After all, customers tend to get distracted with overly complex images and products. Having a white background can help highlight the product and its features while engaging the viewer. 


How strange would it be to have different backgrounds for different products on the same website? This would distract and confuse the buyer, causing them to leave the site and go elsewhere. Ensuring consistency is one of the main reasons e-commerce websites stick to one background color (white). 

A plain white background works perfectly for all products, helping each product stand out and maintain consistency across the website. 

Ultimately, a white background can make your site look clean, professional, and easy to navigate, ultimately increasing trust - which is precisely what your buyers want when they visit your site. 

Using Photoshop to create a white background

There are many tools you can use to create a white background, some of which we will discuss in this article. One of the better known tools that users seem to gravitate to is Photoshop. If you are using Photoshop, here’s what you can do to create a white background.

Step 1 

Start by loading the image on Photoshop and duplicating it. To duplicate it, all you have to do is drag the loaded image onto the new layer icon you will find at the right bottom corner of the Photoshop window. 

Step 2 

Then, head the options above and go to Image (next to the Edit option) → Adjustments → Replace Color. When the replace color window pops up, select the first eye-dropper tool and click on a white area on the image. 

Set Lightness to 100 and increase fuzziness to increase the density of white in the image without affecting the foreground. You will have to play around with the settings to do this accurately. 

Step 3 

If you find other areas on the image that are not white, use the second eye-dropper tool and adjust the fuzziness parameter as mentioned above. 

Step 4 

Next, set the foreground color to white and use the eye-dropper tool to check if the background is white. If you find that the subject in your image is too white as well, add a mask layer, for which you will find the icon on the right bottom section of Photoshop. 

Then, click on the brush tool and select the original color of the subject and use the brush tool to clean up the parts that are too white. Ultimately, you want the background to be all white, not the subject. 

Step 5

You can disable and enable the mask layer to check the difference. Once you are satisfied with the result, export the final image as a PNG, and you will be able to use this for your e-commerce site or any other platform that requires images with a white backdrop. 

This is only one of many ways to remove the background using photoshop. Check out our article on 5 methods you can use to remove the background with Photoshop. 

Using Erase.bg to create a white background

It takes a little time and patience to use Photoshop effectively. The primary difference between Erase.bg and Photoshop, and most of the other tools on the market is this - it is easy to use AND you can download high-resolution images for free. 

Step 1

To create an all white background for your subject using Erase.bg, all you have to do is click on Upload Image and wait for our tool to process your image. (it actually takes very little time)

Step 2

The resulting image will not have the original background. Click on the Add BG option, and select white under Colors

And there you have it - a plain white background for your subject. You will be able to download the high-resolution version of this image for free. However, you will have to sign up on our website first. 

Other tools that you can use to create a plain white background

There are several background remover tools on the market today. If you find Photoshop challenging to use, here are some other tools you can use to create a white background: 


What better way to start the list than with a tool everyone knows about? This is, arguably, one of the easiest tools to use if you are looking to create an all white background. Canva has made a name for itself as the go-to design tool for non-designers. 

While its free version has a bunch of useful features, you will have to buy the premium version to use its background remover. However, its ease of use and reasonable pricing firmly puts Canva in the running as one of the best background remover tools on the market.


If you are looking for a free option, Remove.ai might be the one for you. Remove.ai uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to remove the background from your image. Once you upload your image, it only takes a few seconds to render the final image. 

You can compare your original image to the final image without the background. Furthermore, if you want to erase or edit your final image and change your background color to white (or any other color), all you have to do is use the editor tool.

However, while you can download the low-resolution version of the final image for free, you will have to buy credits for the high-resolution version.


Remove.bg operates similarly to Remove.ai. It gives you options to resize your image if it is too large. Then, it processes your image in seconds to render the final image without the background. The background, as you may expect, is checkered. So, you can either change the color of the background to white (or any other color) or select one of their background templates using the edit tool. 

You can also erase parts of your image and fine tune it using the same tool. The free version of this tool allows you to download the final image in the 612 × 408 only. To download high-resolution pictures, you will have to sign up for a subscription plan.

Downloading plain white backgrounds

By now, you know that white backgrounds work perfectly for product listings and a variety of other things.

If you already have an image that has a transparent background, you can download the white background from here and add it as a background to those images:

Here’s the white background in the portrait mode:

Download portrait white background by clicking on "save as"

Check out the white landscape background below:

Download landscape white background by clicking on "save as"

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