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How Do I Quickly Create a Transparent Hole Through A Multi-Layered Image?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Hi there,

I recently purchased the Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Classroom in a Book and have just finished it.

I had the idea of trying to create a transparent hole through a multi-layered image and simply tried to select all layers, marquee a circle in the middle of the image window, and press Delete. Didn't work.

Here is the link to the file in case you want a go (it's one of the files I created through the book's lesson):

Dropbox - 04End.psd

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018
A fast way, maybe even the fastest way, is this: Choose Select > Select All Layers Choose Layer > Group Layers Select the Elliptical Marquee tool Shift-drag a circular selection over the document With the layer group selected in the Layers panel, Option-click or Alt-click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers panel. This creates an inverted mask from the circle, punching a hole in the layer group.All the layer content is preserved.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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A fast way, maybe even the fastest way, is this:

  1. Choose Select > Select All Layers
  2. Choose Layer > Group Layers
  3. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool
  4. Shift-drag a circular selection over the document
  5. With the layer group selected in the Layers panel, Option-click or Alt-click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers panel. This creates an inverted mask from the circle, punching a hole in the layer group.

All the layer content is preserved.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 13, 2018 Oct 13, 2018

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Brilliant! Did the trick; just had to add one more step:

6. Delete the background layer.

P.S. Realised you are one of the two co-authors of the book—it was a good read and the subtle humour was palpable. Any further book recommendations after one has completed the Adobe PS CC 2018 book?

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Oct 13, 2018 Oct 13, 2018

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Good idea to remove the background layer so you actually get a hole.

As for further reading, I have a few ideas but I haven't read the latest editions of many of the books that are out there. It also depends on what you want to concentrate on: Color-correct, edit raw files, create composites, create web graphics, or a little of everything.

For a general reference you might try Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, CC 2018 Edition by Martin Evening.

For raw image editing and fine-art printing, read The Digital Negative and The Digital Print by Jeff Schewe.

For retouching try Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 4th Edition by Katrin Eismann and others.

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Thanks for this tip. I want to do something similar using custom shapes ie cut a small bird shape out of a bigger bird shape. Is the process the same? I somehow accidentally did this before and have no idea how I did it. Trying to duplicate the effect but can't get anything to work!

 

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