Use the Paint Bucket to make a color transparent?

Hi,

Something I often want to do is make the (usually) white background around an image transparent. Is there a quick way to do this maybe using the paint bucket?

Many thanks

If I have a layer with a transparent background, and I select all + copy + paste onto another image, my transparent background is lost and replaced with a white background.

Can this be avoided?

Are you using photoshop?

It’s a little tricky actually, photoshop is terrible for this (one of it’s minor troubles ;))

Anyway just hide all of your layers below (in particular the background layer) and you should see the transparancies :slight_smile:

Originally posted by chakotha
[B]Hi,

Something I often want to do is make the (usually) white background around an image transparent. Is there a quick way to do this maybe using the paint bucket?

Many thanks [/B]

Well, when you create a new image, in the new image dialog box, simply check “transparent” under the content area and the image will START with no “background” image, and your canvas will be transparent.

This will also save you from the second problem that you mentioned. Keep in mind though that Photoshop does not store transparency information when you copy and paste. If you want to transfer a layer (with it’s transparency intact) to another document, then your best bet would be to simply drag that layer to the other document.

Of course, this assumes that you’re using Photoshop.

Also, instead of using the paint bucket, use the magic eraser tool, just clikck on the color you want to make transparent with the tool.

Thanks dtracker - the Magic Eraser is exactly what I was after.