How can I make the background of picture transparent?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Noel S Pamfree, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    I'm new to Photoshop 6. I have a picture of a jet with a pure white
    background which is wish to superimpose on a map of the world.

    I am pretty sure I do this by putting the plane on a new layer but I can't
    work out how to make the white background become transparent.

    Any ideas?


    Noel S Pamfree, Nov 19, 2003
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  2. Noel S Pamfree

    John Forest Guest

    Once the picture is on a layer select the white background (with the Magic
    wand tool) and then <edit><clear>
    John Forest, Nov 19, 2003
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  3. Noel S Pamfree

    Axel Estable Guest

    hi Noel-
    two quick solutions that I can think of:
    1- select the background with the magic wand, then delete it. That will
    however leave a fringe around the jet, so you'll have to play with the
    Defringe (Layer -> Matting -> Defringe) command, but it won't be perfect.
    2- much easier and with better result: drag the jet image (with white
    background and all) to the world image, then set the jet layer blending mode
    to Multiply. All the white areas in the layer will disappear.

    Good luck!

    Axel Estable, Nov 20, 2003
  4. Noel S Pamfree

    Ray Dunn Guest

    you have to unlock the background layer first. Do this by double
    clicking on the layer a clicking ok. Once that is done, anything that you
    select and delete will become transparent.
    Ray Dunn, Nov 20, 2003
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