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White Background Removal - Preserve Transparency - 2 steps!


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Have you ever had an image with text that you wanted to put on the web, but it looked weird on your blue background? Maybe it looked something like this:

remove1.png

Well, we can make it look like this:

remove2.png

Notice how some transparency is preserved and how it blends in with the background.

You will need to download ONE plugin, Alpha Mask:

Well, first you open your image:

removet1.png

Step one, Select All (Ctrl-A) and Copy (Ctrl-C).

Step two, Effects > Alpha Mask with the following settings*:

Mask File - Choose which file to use as a mask. Here, we won't be choosing an image, but rather using the image on our clipboard.

Invert Mask ✓ - This inverts the color of your mask. Remember white is kept and black is discarded.

Mix Alpha ✓ - This ensures that transparency is kept (that is why the shadow blends in with the background)

Paste From Clipboard ✓ - Rather than using a pre-saved image, the plugin will use whatever you have on your clipboard, which is, in this case, the image.

remove4.png

OPTIONAL: Duplicate the layer and merge down for a darker shadow. See

this post for some more tips. (Thanks Sarkut!)

I encourage you to read all of the comments for alternative ways to do this.

Also, set the logo to Multiply blend mode for a darker shadow.

The result:

remover1.png

#tut725

*Thank you for cutting down my tut to two steps, pipp92.

**Not too simple, is it? (Mods)

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  • 1 year later...

No, I would like for users to see alternative ways to doing this.

Hi Everybody,

I am a complete novice and my question might sound silly.

I am trying to make a desktop icon. And I get it with transparent background using both of the suggested here methods.

The problem is that I can see two lines from the canvas. The lower and right side of the canvas can be seen as two tiny black lines.

I will appreciate any suggestion.

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first, read through the alpha mask thread: HERE. If you have questions on the plugin's usage, post in that thread.

If you're having trouble with installation, try this thread: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/36-how-to-install-pluginsgeneral-plugin-troubleshooting/

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Hi, I'm very new to this but I tried this background removal with a photo and it didn't work. When I insert the photo into my document the white background is still there. What am I doing wrong?

Only I could mess up a 2 step process...

Tim

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then you need to update it ;) click on the top most download in this thread http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=1854

Sorry but another question. I just need to replace the old Alpha mask with the new Alpha mask in the folder, right?.

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If it has the exact same name as the previous version, you will be informed that it - exists and would you like to overwrite it - click on yes (or OK) and it will be replaced. Just remember before you do install the plugin to - right click the dll  > properties > unblock.

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If it has the exact same name as the previous version, you will be informed that it - exists and would you like to overwrite it - click on yes (or OK) and it will be replaced. Just remember before you do install the plugin to - right click the dll  > properties > unblock.

Ok, thank you for helping.

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I am having trouble getting this working, I have a file which has a white background but it's converting a lite grey inside the image also (which I admit, does touch the white)  - the image is specifically only 8 colours, it's been "cartoonized" for lack of a better word.

 

How can I set a transparency ONLY on the pure white (is that 0,0,0??)

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