How to remove image background using paint 3D

Remove image background using paint 3D. Using the windows built-in creativity application to remove image is very simple.

As a small business owner or entrepreneur, use this application when you need to make video thumbnails or posters for your website.

The application comes with your Windows 10 so it is free to use.

In this short tutorial, we’ll create a YouTube thumbnail together using paint 3D.


Get image

There are many websites to get free to use images for your design. Some of my favorites are Pixaby, Pexels and Unsplash.

Many of the images are ready to use. That is, they already have transparent background.

However, if you do not like a particular background or the picture you like does not have a transparent background, you may want to change it.

Sometimes, you may also need to combine pictures to fit a particular concept.

For this tutorial I got two images and I’ll remove the background.


remove image background using paint 3D. Make image transparent.
Image by Awala


remove image background using paint 3D. Alternative to photoshop and free
Image by Callmejalloh

Afterwards, I’ll combine the separate pictures and use as a thumbnail.

Watch the demonstration video below:





Follow these steps to remove the background from images using Paint 3D


Step one

The first step to remove image background is to open Paint 3D and start a New Project.

Step two

Next, you need to upload the image you want to remove the background.

Step three

The next thing to do is to Select Magic Select 

Drag in the corners of the image to indicate the part of the image which is the cutout. When done click Next.

Step four

The cut-out image should be highlighted now. In addition, you need to refine the cut-out image. To do this use the Pencil  to add any missing parts.

In addition, if there are unwanted parts in the cutout, use the Eraser to remove such parts.

Step five

The fifth step is to move the  cut-out away from the background. Then , right click the cut-out and Select All.

Step six

After moving the cut-out away from the previous background, you need to delete the background. Therefore, move to the background and right click. Delete the background.

Step seven

Since the old background is now gone, the next thing to do is to place the cut-out on the plain background. Drag the image back to the plan canvas.

Step eight

The final step is to save the image. Use Save as type PNG (Image) and select Transparency.

Creating a thumbnail after removing image background

In addition to using Paint 3D to remove image background, you can also use it to create a thumbnail for example a YouTube thumbnail. Other options include: WPS, PowerPoint, or any other application you desire.

In order to use Paint 3D, simply open a canvas and customize the size. Th next thing to do is to add a background colour if you don’t want to use white. Finally, place the save image as desired.

If you want to create a thumbnail using WPS, just open a blank template. Design a background and paste the image. Add text using your desired font.

However, in order to export your template as an image, you need to have a premium plan. With such a plan you can also add watermark on your design.

Alternatively you can screenshot the template and paste the image in Paint 3D and crop the image. Save the image as PNG and you’re done!


Using Paint 3D is an easy and cheap way to remove image background. Follow the steps given above to help you through the process. There is also a YouTube view demonstrating what you need to do.