Excuse me if this question is in the wrong SE site, but it seems the most appropriate place. I have a client that makes children's accessories. She takes the pictures of her products herself. When her product images are listed on her website, they are square scaled down images of the products, with the background still there. She wants to take out the background so she is just left with the product in the image with a transparent background.
For an example, take a look at Zappos category pages: http://www.zappos.com/men-clothing/CKvXAcABAuICAgEY.zso?s=goliveRecentSalesStyle/desc/
All the images have a white background, with just the clean person in the piece of clothing. Nice and smooth images. I know this can be done in PhotoShop, but it seems to be a long process. How do companies like Zappos make these images? What are the options out there to do this? Is there any automated software that does this? Or any companies that will do this to your images? What is the industry standard for doing this? This is not my area, so I need some good direction. Thanks