How to Make Image Background Transparent in Photoshop

We’ll show you how to make a transparent background in Photoshop in this blog. In Photoshop, making a background transparent is the same as deleting or removing it.

The white background also simplifies the selection process, allowing you to perform even more complex tasks such as selecting hair, extracting tree leaves, and so on. Let’s take a look to learn more. You can also visit the link to easily remove background from images.

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Open An Image With a White Background

In Photoshop, open the image. You can open a photo by going to File > Open and then selecting the image you want to open. You can use any image for this tutorial, including your own or others’.

Make a Duplicate of the Image

To duplicate the background layer, press CTRL + J or right-click on it and select ‘duplicate layer.’ We’re duplicating the background layer because the background layer in Photoshop doesn’t have any transparency, and duplicating it won’t harm your original image.

You’ll now have a background copy and a background with two layers. By clicking on the Eye-Icon, you can delete the background layer or make it invisible.

Use the Quick Selection Tool to Make a Selection

Now it’s time to choose a background. The Quick Selection Tool is the quickest way to accomplish this (W). You can also use other tools, so select the white background with any of the selection tools.

Activate the Quick Selection Tool (W) and ensure that the Add to Selection option on the options bar is selected.

Then simply drag it over the background to select it, and the background will be selected.

Because we all know that the Quick Selection Tool (W) works on colour sampling, it can sometimes select parts of your subject that are white or close to white.

Delete The Background and Make it Transparent

You can delete the background to make it transparent now that the selection is active.

Using a layer mask is the most effective way to remove the background. You can easily go back to a layer mask whenever you want to make some parts visible again, or if you made a mistake during the selection process. So, let’s remove the background using a layer mask. To add a Layer Mask while the selection is active, click the second button at the bottom of the layer panel.

If the model is extracted instead of the background, you can reverse the layer mask results by pressing CTRL/CMD + I.

If you think you made a mistake or accidentally deleted parts of your image that you don’t want, don’t worry, the layer mask will take care of it. All you have to do is select the layer mask and use the white brush to paint over the area you want to make visible again. A layer mask tutorial can help you learn more about masking. When we used the quickest method, we sometimes got some hard edges around the subject that we didn’t want. To soften them, paint over the layer mask with a soft round black brush to manually mask those areas. That really improves the results, and I always use the mask to remove any unwanted edges or parts.

Save The Image as a PNG File

If you’re happy with the results, you’ll now have an image with a transparent background. But our work isn’t done yet; we still need to save the image with the transparent background preserved.

A dialogue box will appear if you go to File > Export > Save for Web.

Please do not save the image as a jpeg; otherwise, the image will have a white background. To save the file in PNG format, select PNG 8 from the preset box.

PNG 24 is another option. You can also save the image by going to File > Save As and selecting PNG as the format, but why am I using Save For Web?

You’ll also notice a number of options, including the ability to change the image’s resolution, reduce the quality, blur the image, and even preview the image in various colour profile settings. All of these options are only available when using the Save For Web command, not when using Save As. As a result, whenever we want to save any final results, we choose this option to save the image.

After you’ve set the image quality and resolution, or if you don’t want to mess with the image settings at all, simply click the Save button. Give the image any name you want and save it as a PNG file.

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