During my years as a sales rep, traveling all over Idaho, into Montana and Oregon, I did most of my selling out of a ‘pitch book’. If you are not familiar with a ‘pitch book’ is contains pictures, sales flyers and information I needed to sell products to store buyers.
In my car was hundreds of product samples: the newest jams, mixes, jewelry pieces, souvenirs, t-shirts, cards, chocolate bars ……I had them all packed nicely in plastic boxes. And yes, I brought them in … occasionally. But normally, after the first showing to my customer base, the products never left my car again.
Of course, those pictures also needed to translate to my website(s) as well, so having excellent photos is a must in this business!
I don’t use any fancy software to take or format my pictures. Our camera is a digital Kodak. I touch up and format my pictures in a older version of Corel Photo Paint that my digital artist step daughter gave me and taught me how to use. Nothing fancy, right?
Actually, the only problem I had was removing the discolored or uneven background in my pictures. I used an old sheet as a backdrop, but it was not quite as nice as I would like. Then, I recently ran across a new online software tool called Background Burner.
This cool website will let up upload a pictures where it will take out the background and let you touch it up before saving it.
And the best thing about Background Burner is that it is FREE!
According to the website, this is how it works …
How does the Background Burner automatically remove image backgrounds?
- Easy: It’s magic! Well… it’s computer magic. It uses a large number of high-tech software algorithms to analyze your image and detect line, color and focus, to separate objects in the foreground from objects in the background.
Can I clean up my image background after it’s been removed?
- Yes. Every once in a while, the Burned version may not have a perfect background removal. If that happens, just find the thumbnail that looks the best and click “Touch up.” Then use the interactive touch-up tools to perfect your background outline.
Can it remove white backgrounds from images?
- Yes, it can. If you have an image with a white background, you can run it through the Burner and save it as a PNG. This will convert the white background into an alpha layer, making the background transparent.
Make sure to check out this handy little tool: