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How to create a transparent background in Photoshop?

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by taylorelizabeth, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. taylorelizabeth

    taylorelizabeth New Member

    How to create a transparent background in Photoshop?
     
  2. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Remove the background layer(s).
     
  3. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Create a new layer.
    Fill the layer with a solid (of your choice).
    Delete it.
    Done.
     
  4. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    What about the locked background layer?
    And why do you need to create a new layer filled with a solid and then delete?
     
  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Double click the background layer. (This will make it editable).
    Re-name it if you like.
    (I like to use the names of English explorers from the 18th century or different kinds of cheese. If you're a sporty type you could use the names of football teams for example. It really is up to you).
    Do one of the following:
    1. Delete the layer.
    2. Click the little eye ikon to make it invisible (hide it).
    3. Go to opacity and reduce as appropriate.

    You do not 'need' to create a new layer but if you don't have a background layer to start with then this is an option.
    Photoshop is like a box of chocolates really.
    ...but without the chocolates and a box.
     
  6. Athos

    Athos Member

    Thanks a lot Guy's!!!! I've been looking on the perfect tutorial on this subject since a long time now! :p

    Just to be sure....Don't forget to save in a .png format .jpg doesn't work with transparency...My 2 cents.
     
  7. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    @taylorelizabeth Can you please elaborate on what you need to get done. There's a few techniques for removing a background in photoshop.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2016
  8. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    What do you mean? What we've said is correct; how else do you have a transparent background if you don't remove the locked background layer via means of deleting or making it so that it is no longer visible (opacity as per Scotty's suggestion). I remove it all together, but that's just my personal preference... There are many ways to skin a cat in Photoshop, but it's best to keep things simple.
     
  9. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    In hindsight, I misread this thread. My bad. Carry on.
     
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