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I just bought some clip art with a white background and I was hoping it would be super easy to select the image (without the white background) and drop it in to my collage. I thought the photo would come with a cutout but that doesn't appear to be the case. Is there an easy way to select those small details on the branches?

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If you are in Affinity Photo you can use Filter > Colours > Erase White Paper, I would make a selection of the trunk, then invert that selection first, this will stop the trunk from "fading."

you can make a colour picker selection of the background and choose Select > Select sampled colour.

Another option is to use the Background Eraser


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Nice! Worked perfectly. It seemed like there was some way to do this. A good update for Affinity Photo's book would be to mention the "Erase White Paper" feature around the section on clippings. That was where I first looked but I couldn't find it. A lot of people set up photos with white backgrounds so they can make clippings as easy as possible. It would be much better if that info was easy to find. I still can't find it in the book even though I know the feature exists.

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