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How to Make Image Background Transparent in Photoshop

Saturday, June 09, 2012
Let me show you how to make an image's background transparent using Adobe Photoshop CS2. Note that it will work only if saved in formats like GIF, TIFF, PNG and PSD. This is not supported in JPG, JPEG or JPE.
So, here we go.

Step 1
Open the application (Adobe Photoshop CS2). Go to File > New. A new window will open like the one below.


Keep the value of Width and Height as of your image. And select Transparent in Background Contents. To know size of the image, just hover mouse over the image. For example, 223 x 360 is width x height.

Step 2
Now, open your image. For this, you can either directly drag your image to the Photoshop or click File > Open > Select the file and click Open.

Step 3
Drag the opened image to the file we created in step 1 and adjust it to fit the space.

Step 4
Now that the image has been copied, your next task is to remove the background. To do this, select Magic Wand or Lasso tool which you can find at the left of the Photoshop application. Both tools are located side by side.

With this tool you need to select or highlight the image background as shown below. To select multiple sections click the background along with the Shift key of your keyboard if you are using Magic Wand tool..



Step 5
Hit Delete key on your keyboard and press Ctrl+D. Now your image background will be like the following.


Step 6
Save the image in GIF format and File name of your choice.

And that is it. You have now created an image with transparent background.

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