I am pretty sure this happens to all of us at some point. You might be trying to prepare a picture for a presentation, or adding a logo to your website. Maybe you need it for a collage you’re putting together. And then there is the background. Sigh. It’s such a pain. Knowing how to get rid of the background in Photoshop is easy and it’s a skill you’re going to be thrilled to have. We will also touch on some other transparency based techniques so you can say you know it all. Making transparent backgrounds in Photoshop is just the beginning. Learn the foundations of Photoshop in this tutorial.

Make an existing image’s background transparent


Create a new image with a transparent background

So now you know how to get rid of a background of an image that’s already been made. It’s really helpful for a lot of scenarios, but what happens when you’re designing your own graphic in Photoshop and you want to make sure it has a transparent background? There’s an answer for that and it’s one of a couple options: initial transparency, eraser, deleting background or lasso. Let’s go through these.

Initial Transparency

Delete Background

Clipping Path non-white backgrounds, non-multi layers

If the above options were not something you could do without sacrificing part of your image – it’s okay. We just have to get a bit creative with our methods, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Eraser tool for manual erasing

Lasso Tool

If none of the above options worked, you can probably –with patience- get the results you want with the lasso tool.

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