removing background

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by EvenStephen, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. EvenStephen

    EvenStephen Guest

    I have a graphic I use once a year on my site and I would like to remove the
    white background. Using ArcSoft Photo Studio 2000 I went to
    edit/clear/remove and I can remove the graphic but not the background. I've
    tried several variations and tools with no luck. Does someone know the
    tools/technique to use? Thanks!
     
    EvenStephen, Dec 27, 2004
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  2. EvenStephen

    Peadge Guest

    Open the graphic and double click on it's layer in the Layers Palette if the
    layer is called "background". This will "make a layer" which is now
    unlocked and more editable. If it's already an unlocked layer, skip this
    step. If the image is not very complex, try using the Background Eraser tool
    or Magic Eraser tool (click and hold on the eraser tool to access them). If
    this doesn't work, you will have to use a (possible combination of)
    selection tool(s)--Lasso tool, Marquee tool, Magic Wand, to select the
    background. Holding SHFT will allow you to add to the selection while
    holding ALT will allow subtracting.

    Press delete.

    If you're going to use this on the Web, only GIF and PNG formats support
    transparency. PNG transparency isn't supported by all browsers so a GIF may
    be best. Be sure to select "transparency" in the Save for Web panel and it
    would probably be a good idea to select a Matte color matching the
    background color of your web site.

    Peadge :)
     
    Peadge, Dec 29, 2004
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  3. EvenStephen

    EvenStephen Guest

    EvenStephen, Dec 29, 2004
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    It's usually easier to delete the background using some or all of the
    steps above, and then Magic Wand (in the background area) > Inverse >
    Delete. The inverse step allows the object desired to be retained.

    It's also helpful when deleting background to temporarily add a layer
    behind the layer being worked on, and to fill that layer with a color.
    This allows you to see what you have erased and what you have missed.

    This information is for an inexperienced person, and not someone
    that's used to doing this.
     
    Tony Cooper, Dec 30, 2004
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  5. EvenStephen

    EvenStephen Guest

    Thanks again---I finally figured this out.
     
    EvenStephen, Jan 22, 2005
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  6. EvenStephen

    Peadge Guest

    Glad everything worked out!

    Peadge :)

     
    Peadge, Jan 22, 2005
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