Changing background color -- erase tool (PS, CS4)

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Gloria West, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Gloria West

    Gloria West Guest

    When I use the Erase tool, what remains is checkerboard pattern.

    How can I change this checkerboard to match the solid pattern/color of the
    surrounding pixels?

    Gloria West, Jun 27, 2011
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    Jonz Guest

    In PS CS5,
    Edit|Preferences|Transparency&Gamut|Transparency Settings

    Should be similar in PS CS4
    Jonz, Jun 27, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    I've wondered that, too.
    Carrie, Jun 27, 2011
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    Voivod Guest

    That's because you've ERASED the image and there's nothing there.
    Voivod, Jun 27, 2011
  5. Gloria West

    Gloria West Guest

    In PS CS5,
    The Transparency Settings allow you to set the size & color of the checks, or
    make the transparent color a solid (not checked) color. But the background is
    still transparent.

    I don't see how to make it opaque (not transparent)...

    Gloria West, Jun 27, 2011

  6. that would be a bad idea , as you would not be able to see the object
    clearly to edit.

    a better idea would be to put the colour background you require
    underneath it on a layer of its own, or indeed fill in the
    transparency with the colour.

    no offence i assume you are new to photoshop and simply want to
    replace the background with one of your own. If that is the case, then
    all the answers given will not actually realistically help you, for
    example a jpg will not hold a transparent layer. So should you save it
    as so, no matter what you saved the ransparency layer colour too it
    will end up as white.

    there are lots of youtube videos to help you replace a background, and
    if you havent figured it out already there is never one answer.

    you could even choose the colour you want and instead of erase tool
    just choose brush, if the colour is solid you could simply choose the
    magic wand to select the background then choos the colour and then
    fill in the marching ants.

    perhaps i am way off the mark here and apologise so if i am, but i see
    no reason at all to have the transparent layer match the edge of the
    object.The idea of that feature is to allow you to see through it.
    Granted some ppl do not like the chequer effect and use the solid
    david johnson, Jun 27, 2011
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    Gloria West Guest

    no offence i assume you are new to photoshop and simply want to
    I think you misunderstand me.

    I simply want places I erase to not look checkerboard. I'm not replacing the
    entire background. I'm just erasing small parts.

    The term "background color" has several meanings and can confuse folks.

    The term "background" as I am using it is not the dominant color in my image
    that underlies my graphic elements. I mean the color of the background that
    is behind the image, that which shows through when I erase parts of my image.
    I want this to be opaque white, not checkerboard.

    The instructions I posted by Jonz showed me how to change the transparent
    settings from checkerboard to opaque. But not how to choose transparent or

    Gloria West, Jun 27, 2011
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    Bigguy2010 Guest

    Make a new layer...
    Flood fill it with your colour of choice...

    Move the layer you are erasing so it is above the new coloured layer.

    The coloured layer will now show throught the erased
    (transparent/checker board) parts.

    (You may have to convert background to a layer to move it).

    Bigguy2010, Jun 27, 2011
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    Voivod Guest

    I think you're an idiot.
    Voivod, Jun 27, 2011
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    Ulysses Guest

    Problem solved
    go to your toolbox. left click eraser tool. wait until options appear
    you will see 3 options
    1 eraser tool
    2 background eraser tool
    3 magic eraser
    then highlight eraser tool
    have fun
    Ulysses, Jun 27, 2011
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    Voivod Guest

    Your mom's looked into retroactive abortion?
    Drink bleach.
    Voivod, Jun 27, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    I know, I haven't figured out the erasers and what they do (totalally)
    either. I try the magic eraser and it wipes everything out in big chunks so
    I haven't used it. I haven't tried this yet (after reading your quesiton)
    but think if I wanted the background different and lighter I'd select it
    (like magic wand) and fade/change it that way (the selection) I'm sure the
    people here who know more about it can give better answers. I just noticed
    the question because it's one I've had, too, but mainly in passing.
    Carrie, Jun 27, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    I understand what you're saying but have the same question, myself.
    Carrie, Jun 27, 2011
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