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How to copy and paste with transparent background?

New Here ,
Apr 11, 2019 Apr 11, 2019

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I opened an image as follows. You can see it has a transparent background:

Then I click Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy the image. Click menu File->New.... In the dialog I select Clipboard and click "Create":

In the new document window, I click Ctrl-V and I got this.

As you can see, the image itself was pasted as expected, but the background are all white. I hope that the background can be copied as well, that is, the checkerboard in the source image which represents transparency. So, what is the correct operation to copy and paste in Photoshop with transparent background preserved? Or, if it is not possible, how can I convert the white background to transparency (i.e., checkerboard)? Thank you.

PS: I am using Photoshop CC 2019 on Windows 10.

PS2: I have spent a couple of days trying to learn to use Photoshop by paying and watching an online tutorial, but after so many days, the tutorial still refrains from telling me how to do it (even Ctrl-A was guessed out from other Windows software convention), so I'm out of patience and ask here.

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Community Expert , Apr 11, 2019 Apr 11, 2019

For a transparent document, go to File > New and select Background Contents: Transparent.

 

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Apr 11, 2019 Apr 11, 2019

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Not sure what you're trying to do.   Your image is already on a transparent background.  Why are you pasting it onto a new document with a solid background?

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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New Here ,
Aug 22, 2020 Aug 22, 2020

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I have the same problem.  I made an image with a transparent background, and am trying to copy>paste it into power point (or any other document).  The background always changes to white when I paste it.  How to preserve the transparency?

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2020 Aug 22, 2020

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"The background always changes to white when I paste it."

Then don't copy & paste it.  Use the insert command and go directly to the named file on your hard drive.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020

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I have the same problem and believe I didn't have it in the past. Copy-Paste is a very common action for me, I don't desire to save every file and then import it again if my layers are already transparent to begin with. Somewhere, Photoshop decided to add a white background within the copy-paste process. I think there must be a fix within the program.

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Apr 11, 2019 Apr 11, 2019

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For a transparent document, go to File > New and select Background Contents: Transparent.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2021 Dec 02, 2021

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This is a Windows problem, please tell then it's annoying you too in the insider program.

https://aka.ms/AAf1dst

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New Here ,
Jun 24, 2022 Jun 24, 2022

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No, it's not. Paint.net (program, not a website as the name suggests) has no problem doing this. It's a photoshop issue.

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Jun 24, 2022 Jun 24, 2022

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Win 10 PS v23.3.1

I can't easily replicate the problem, if at all.

What should also work is holding alt and drag that layer to the "new layer" icon.

You'll get this (pick New) and dimensions/transparency will stay.

Signfeld_0-1656139377500.png

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New Here ,
Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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Easy to replicate.
Open a webpage with selection of transparent images. I'm using .png in my example.
Copy the .png (don't download)
Paste into a new photoshop document. 
The transparent channel is ignored. 
This is relatively new; running the same operation in older versions of Photoshop (Photoshop6), the paste is correct; the transparent channel is recognized.  I noticed this nonsensical behavior 3-4 versions back.  Why transparent channels, whether .gif, .tif, or .png are no longer recognized in a paste, is a pain. We store our graphics on webpages for international access, vs localized, and I'm certain we're not the only ones working this way.  There is no reason to download and store a disposable graphic. 

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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The simple answer is your browser's copy command is losing data. 

 

The same thing occurs with copied animated GIFS.  When pasted, they become static.

 

If you want to preserve image data, save file to your desktop or a dedicated folder first. Then Place or Insert image the customary way. 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Jan 23, 2023 Jan 23, 2023

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i believe its a windows problem, i used both operating system, mac on office, windows at home...
on mac, copy and paste works fine. On windows, the transparency is not copied.

Been coping with this issue for a decade 😞

 

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