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Isolate images and tackle transparency with ease

Added on Thursday 15th of July 2010 06:15 am EST

Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


There are actually a few different ways you can go about doing this. You can either eliminate the background entirely, or you can create a mask or clipping path in Photoshop to hide the content. Both ways will give you an image file that you can use in InDesign.


To eliminate the image background:


1. Make sure the image is not on a locked background layer.

2. Select the image portion you want to retain.

3. Choose Select > Inverse to invert the selection and select the background.

4. Press [delete] ([Backspace] in Windows) to delete the selected background, revealing a transparent background instead.


Tip: Depending on your selection method, either feather your selection a pixel or two ...