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Two Easy Ways To Create Transparency

The most common method for making a background transparent back in Photoshop 6.0 is still available to you in Photoshop CS2, and that’s to go to the Layers palette and simply delete the Background layer. That’s it. This leaves only the layers that were above the Background layer (which already have background transparency). Now, there’s another easy way, and that’s to go to Photoshop’s Save for Web command, switch to the Eyedropper tool in the Save for Web’s Toolbox, and click on the background color you want to become transparent. Then, just below the Color Table on the bottom right of the dialog, click on the first icon, which creates transparency from your selected color.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

5 comments on “Two Easy Ways To Create Transparency

  1. I’m searching for hours how to select several colors (not just one) with the color table. When i select another the first color made transparent in the image gets back/reversed to the original color, and i don’t know the shortcuts to change several colors to transparent with the color table (photoshop cs4).

  2. You CAN select several colors, just use the ultra super duper mega windows multi-select trick! That mean press&hold CTRL and click the ones you want to make transparent on the colour table!

  3. You CAN select several colors, just use the ultra super duper mega windows multi-select trick! That means press&hold CTRL and click the ones you want to make transparent on the colour table!

  4. sorry for my first message i by mistake corrected my MEAN to MEANS after i clicked submit comment and then i clicked submit again…..

  5. PHOTOSHOP

    open image
    F7 to bring layers monitor
    if image was imported say from the net it probably has a padlock on it
    rightclick where it says Background
    Duplicate layer ok
    Delete layer with padlock
    Now use magic wand and click on color area you wish to remove and delete

    also

    GIMP

    open image
    go to layer/transparency add alpha channel
    tools /selection tools/ fuzzy select / delete
    or u /delete