I’ve created a short video for you on How To Create Transparent Background in Photoshop using the Magic Eraser Tool. I’ve seen some videos about this and some people made it harder just to make a transparent background in Photoshop. Believe me this one is a piece of cake. You can do this even with your eyes close!
When you create a logo, it is better to make the background transparent because you use this piece in all of your promotional items like Business Card, Slide Presentation, Interactive Media, Sales Promotional, etc. When you are creating a layout for a business card for instance, a logo with a transparent background is easier to reposition in your mock-up or mechanical design. To illustrate you further…
I am using the Apple logo here as an example because this is the best way to convey the message of how to make your background transparent. Make sure that the background & main subject are in the opposite contrast. For example: black and white. Do not let the background blend the color to the main subject or it will be very hard to separate the two of them. For instance, the dark navy against the black background are very close to each other. Black and white are actually the opposite. And and so this is easier to make the background invisible.
If you are using the Magic Eraser Tool make sure you watch the first video above so you can see a clear picture. There are other tools too that can make your background transparent but let’s stick to the basic right now, I’ll show you more later. I’m assuming you are already familiar with Photoshop.
If you don’t have Photoshop you can use LunaPic to make your background transparent. Or you can go to easily Remove Image Backgrounds site. I’ve never used them but it looks like you can just “drag and drop” the image there. BUT…If you want to learn how to do this on Photoshop, go ahead and continue reading…
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On the “related post” above you can see a similar video on how to create your background transparent in Photoshop. Some people have to erase the background to make it look transparent but no need of doing that if you have a clean and crisp background like the Apple logo below. Notice the logo is surrounded with black outline which is a perfect contrast of “black and white”. All the light colors are going to pick up on its own and all the dark areas are going to stay together. Let me give you an example below.
As you can see, this Apple logo is pretty crisp and clean. You can actually use the “Magic Eraser Tool” without having to create a silhouette of the logo per se, or without using the “Quick Selection Tool” for selecting the areas that you want to keep. I don’t have to create a silhouette of the subject on this one because I know once I click the Magic Eraser Tool on the background it will turn into transparent automatically.
Another Way of How to Make Image Background Transparent
Anyway, the tool in the red circle is the Pen Tool which I normally used for creating a silhouette in Photoshop. For example, let’s visualize a photo of a car with the background of the beach. If I want to move the car on a different background, I will create a “silhouette” of the car. Create a path on the car. Select the wanted area. Cut & paste the car on a different background. Can you see?
The Quick Selection Tool is what other people used sometimes to select the wanted area because others think it’s a lot faster to do it. But the “edges” is messier unless you go to a smaller pixel to correct the area.
On the first video above, I have shown you how to make the image background transparent without creating the silhouette on the photo itself. Say, I have the rose photo. I’m going to select the rose from that blurry background and put it on a different background. But first I need to select it and create a silhouette around it.
Let me demonstrate to you how I select the rose as my subject and create a transparent background. There are many ways you can do this. But I will show you the quickest and easiest way to do this.
How to Make Background Transparent in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool
In this video, I’ve created a silhouette on my subject by using the Pen Tool first and then using the Magic Eraser Tool to make the background transparent. You can use other tools too like the Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Lasso Tool…to select your object. In fact that’s how I’ve learned it from school.
But I have used the Pen Tool for so long, I find this a lot nicer and cleaner when it comes to creating a crisp silhouette of some sort. When I was working with PhotoDeals magazine, this magazine just deals with selling used cards. And many times we have to make a silhouette on the car and delete the background. Watch the video above to see what I’m saying.
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