How to Remove Background in Illustrator

Instasize Team
July 9, 2024

How to Remove Background in Illustrator

Removing the background in Illustrator can be a real game-changer for your designs. Whether you're prepping a logo, creating artwork, or just want that clean look, Illustrator has the tools you need. Let's dive into some easy steps to make it happen.

Why Remove Backgrounds?

  • Clean Design: Removing the background focuses attention on the main subject.
  • Flexibility: It allows you to place your image on any background.
  • Professional Look: Clean images look more polished and professional.

Step-by-Step Guide to Remove Background in Illustrator

1. Open Your Image in Illustrator

  • Launch Illustrator.
  • Import your image by clicking File > Open and select your image file.

2. Select the Pen Tool

  • Hit the shortcut P to choose the Pen Tool.
  • Use this tool to outline the area you want to keep. Precision is key here! The more carefully you outline, the better the final result.

3. Create a Clipping Mask

  • Once you have your path, select both the image and the path.
  • Right-click and select Make Clipping Mask. This will isolate your selected area.

4. Delete the Background

  • Select the path around the background you want to remove.
  • Press Delete to remove it.

5. Save Your Image

  • Save your image without the background. Go to File > Save As and choose your preferred format (SVG, PNG, etc.).

Use Instasize for Quick Background Removal

If Illustrator seems too complex or you need a quick solution, Instasize has a Background Remover tool that's a lifesaver.

  • Easy to Use: Simple interface, no steep learning curve.
  • Quick Results: Remove backgrounds in seconds.
  • Cross-Platform: Available on iOS, Android, and Web.

Using Instasize can save you a ton of time, especially if you're juggling multiple projects.

Tips & Tricks

  • Zoom In: When outlining with the Pen Tool, zoom in for precision.
  • Refine Edges: Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to adjust anchor points for a smoother path.
  • Experiment: Play around with different tools and settings in Illustrator to find what works best for you.


Q: Can I use the Magic Wand Tool?

A: Yes, but it's less precise. Use the Pen Tool for better accuracy.

Q: What format should I save my image in?

A: PNG is best for web images with transparency.

Q: Is there a faster way?

A: Absolutely! Use Instasize for a quick and easy background removal solution.