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Transparent backgrounds again
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Transparent backgrounds again

Transparent backgrounds again

(OP)
I want to montage small photos onto a large one. I erase the background of the small photos, but they only erase to white. I need feathery edges, so a clipping path is not appropriate. How do I erase a background to transparent?

RE: Transparent backgrounds again


...press and hold alt/option key, double click the layer that is a locked "background", then anything you delete becomes transparent...

andrew

RE: Transparent backgrounds again

(OP)
That's the one – so simple, and I'd forgotten it! And with the eraser set as brush, opacity can be lowered for partial transparency. Thanks a lot.

RE: Transparent backgrounds again

Also research 'layer masks'. Using the eraser tool totally eliminates portions of the photo. You have no option to restore or adjust what you remove.

A layer mask allows you to adjust the dissolve easily.

http://www.google.com/search?q=photoshop+layer+mask

RE: Transparent backgrounds again

(OP)
Thanks Spamjim. Have never got my head round masks and it's past time I did.

RE: Transparent backgrounds again

Masks are actually really simple. If you remember back when you were a kid at how they had you make a pinhole into a piece of paper to watch the eclipse, masks work in a very similar fashion.

A crude example of this would be to take a photograph and a white piece of paper and cut the paper to have a square hole. This is now your "mask." You can glide the mask around the image and it shows ONLY what is in the hole.

See? Simple! :)

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