How To Remove A Green Screen In Photoshop

When we capture a film or take a picture with a green screen backdrop, we need to edit the video to remove the backdrop and replace it with another one. But how do you remove the green screen?

As demonstrated in this tutorial, you may easily erase a green screen with Select Color. After completing the first selection, we’ll go over a simple technique for removing green borders from your image or video using Select and Mask.

Keep reading below for more information.

How to Remove a Green Screen in Photoshop

You can remove the green screen by following the instructions listed in the section below.

For more information on how to remove a green screen in Photoshop, watch this video:

Step 1: Choose The Color Range Tool

Photoshop allows you to do this in a variety of ways. One possibility is the button marked “Select Subject.” Another option that will help get rid of the green screen is Select > Color Range.

  • We’ll be employing Select > Color Range for the purpose of this tutorial.

Step 2: Select Quick Mask

  • A color range box will show up on the screen. 
  • To keep everything simpler to view, set the selection preview to Quick Mask, but feel free to experiment with the other options to find your preferred one.

Step 3: Select Background

  • At this stage, we’ll choose a portion of the green screen by using the eyedropper tool in the color range box. 
  • Continue selecting the full green backdrop while holding down Shift. If you make too many selections, you could always hit Control + Z to reverse them. 
  • Press OK after you’re done.

Step 4: Apply Layer Mask

  • Give your image a layer mask. 
  • Then, select an option from the dropdown menu. The mask will start filling in the selection form. 
  • You can drag and drop a picture into the new layer if you want to add one.

How To Remove Green Screen Spill

Photoshop’s advanced Select and Mask feature may sharpen edges and create more precise picture cuts. You can rapidly remove green screen spill by using a refine edge brush tool and a few automated refinement settings.

Step 1: Open Select And Mask

  • Click twice on the layer mask of your picture layer to open Select and Mask.

Step 2: Set The Edge Detection To “Smart Radius”

  • Before you start tweaking anything, choose your edge detection tab and select the Smart Radius checkbox.

Smart Radius instantly adjusts the hardness of your brush based on the border you are approaching. It enhances the edge detection performance of Photoshop, to put it simply. This is quite helpful for the Refine Edge Brush’s subsequent step.

Step 3: Use the Refine Edge Brush to Paint Over the Green Spill

  • Choose the Refine Edge Brush Tool from your toolbar to start.
  • It functions just like every other brush-type tool in the application. Simply scale the brush using the [or] keys if you want to modify its size.
  • Any portions impacted by the green spill should first be painted over. In rare instances, you might additionally need to paint over regions the previous color range selection didn’t correctly choose.

Photoshop will instantly improve the edge as you paint near the subject. Even individual hair strands can be painted to cover up any green glow that may be present.

Note: There is a simpler method to choose the hair than employing the Refine Edge Brush when you’re dealing with a picture. In the upper options bar of more modern updates of Photoshop (versions 2020 and newer), there is a Refine Hair button. Click this option, and Photoshop will instantly remove the green splash surrounding the hair!

  • Until the majority of the green spill has vanished, keep moving along the margins of your subject.

Step 4: Inwardly Shift the Selection Edge

  • Utilize the Shift Edge slider in the Global Refinements Tab if you have any green left behind.
  • To move the selection edge from its initial point inward, reduce the edge value to a negative percentage. Doing so improves the cutout, and the green fringing is removed.

Step 5: Check-Off Decontaminate Colors

This last step is optional because it enhances certain photographs more than others. This setting should be the last resort for removing the green spill since it significantly reduces the fringing in your shot.

  • This setting may be chosen by checking the box next to it at the end of the Select and Mask adjustment panel. 

Try it for yourself and see how it affects your shot. And besides, you can just uncheck it afterward if things don’t go well!

Step 6: Select Your Output Options and Press OK

  • Choose your output options for your selection changes after all of your settings are in place. They may be added to a new layer mask, applied straight to an established layer mask, and much more. 
  • You may access all of the options for your picture by selecting one from the drop-down menu. 


You’ve successfully erased the green spill surrounding your subject and the green screen in the backdrop! You may instantly modify the backdrop or include your subject in other photographs with a flawless cutout.