How to create a transparent background in photoshop

Introduction: Transparent backgrounds can be a great way to add context to your photos. By creating a transparent background, you can add depth and interest to your images. You can also use transparent backgrounds to create striking visual effects.

Transparent backgrounds can be used to create a variety of eye-catching display options for featured products in Photoshop. For example, a transparent background can be used to place your product against a background that dynamically changes colors. This makes it possible to responsively design sites where the featured product’s appearance will change depending on the user’s screen size.

Your website’s logo files should also be created with a transparent background so that you can place the logo anywhere on your site, regardless of the page’s background color. Transparent backgrounds can be easily created in Photoshop using a transparent layer. Once the background is saved as a web-ready format, such as an image file, it can be used on any website. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create and save a transparent background using Photoshop.

How to create a transparent background for a product image in Photoshop

  1. Make your image into a layered file
  2. Create your selection
  3. Delete the background
  4. Save your image in the proper web-ready format
  5. Save your file

Step 1: Make your image into a layered file

Open the image of your watch in Photoshop. Most likely, it will be in a JPEG format. To open your layers panel, click on the Window > Layers menu option from the top of the application window. To create a new layer, double-click on the Background layer in the Layers panel. The New Layer dialog box will appear and ask you to rename the layer. You can leave this as the default Layer 0, and click OK. You can now see your background layer by clicking on the eye icon in the Layers panel. Anything you delete from this layer will be transparent.

Step 2: Create your selection

To select an object in a photograph with Photoshop, first, click on the Magic Wand tool from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the application window. Then, click on Select Subject from the Options bar at the top of the screen. Photoshop will attempt to select any object in your photograph, regardless of its background. You’ll see a selection around that object as “marching ants.” If the selection isn’t perfect, you can use the Magic Wand tool to remove more of the background from the selection, or add more of the product to the selection, depending on how much change you want to make. To completely remove the watch’s shadow from the selection, we’ll choose the Subtract from selection icon in the Options bar and then click on portions of the shadow with the Magic Wand tool until only the watch remains. When creating your selection, be sure to also select any areas of the product image that have missing or damaged portions.

Step 3: Delete the background

To inverse, a selection, either choose Select > Inverse from the dropdown menu at the top of the application window or type SHIFT+CTRL+I (SHIFT+COMMAND+I on a Mac). To remove your background in Photoshop, press the BACKSPACE (DELETE) key. If you’re using a Mac, your background will now be transparent and appear with a gray and white checkerboard pattern. To deselect a selection, press CTRL+D (COMMAND+D on a Mac).

Step 4: Save your image in the proper web-ready format

To create a transparent background in Photoshop, you first need to make sure your product image is saved in the correct format. This will allow it to display with a transparent background on your eCommerce website.

PNG-24 is the best format to save your images in because it allows for multiple layers of transparency. This means that your image will never have a pixelated “halo” when placed on a different color background.

To save a file as a PNG-24 in Photoshop CC, type SHIFT+ALT+CTRL+W (SHIFT+OPTION+COMMAND+W on a Mac) or choose File > Export > Export As… from the dropdown menu at the top of the application window.

If you’re using an older version of Photoshop, and you don’t see the Export As… option, you can choose Save for Web and select PNG-24 from the Preset dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the dialog box.

In the dialog box that appears, under “File Settings” on the right-hand side of the box, set the “Format” to PNG and make sure the “Transparency” box is checked. Do not check Smaller File (8-bit). This converts the file to a PNG-8.

On the left-hand side of the image, you’ll see how much space your PNG file will use on your web page. This is important to keep an eye on because larger file sizes will make your web page load more slowly. My personal preference is to keep web images under 200 KB in size.

On the right-hand side of your dialog box, under “Image Size,” you have the option to adjust the dimensions of your image. Adjusting these dimensions can result in smaller file size, but be aware that if you make them too small, your images may look blurry or pixelated when viewed on websites.

When creating your product images, it’s a good idea to size them 50%–100% larger than the width you expect them to display on. This will help make sure they look crisp on all devices.

There is a little bit of balance you’ll need to work with to maximize your image size while minimizing your file size. To optimize performance, you can choose only to have featured product images saved larger for retina displays, and allow the bulk of your product images to be saved at actual size.

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Step 5: Save your file

After setting the Image Size to the proper dimensions, click Export All. To save your web-ready product images, choose the folder where you keep them and give the image file a name. The file should have an extension of .png to indicate it’s an image. Click Save.