Why are all of my new layers backgrounds transparent?

Community Beginner ,
Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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So I skectched out a wolf, and I wanted to make my entire sketch an "object" so I could just click on it anywhere and move or transform it, (instead of having each line being an individual/its own path) So I played around with clipping masks and Vector masks and layer styles (because I am trying my best to relearn PS) and I couldnt figure out how to make the drawing its own... thing... seperate from the BG, well now, every new layer I open, comes with a transparent background.... How do i fix this? (Kudos if you can help me with my original issue too!)

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

Are you familiar with Smart Objects? You could continue to paint different strokes on different layers which gives you maximum flexibility when it comes to editing individual elements. Selecting these layers within the Layers panel, right mouse click on a non-thumbnail part of the layer and choose "Convert to Smart Object". This Smart Object can be manipulated as a single entity. Double clicking on the Smart Object thumbnail within the Layers panel opens the Smart Object (essentially an embedded

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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By default, new layers are transparent. If they were filled with say a solid white, all of the pixels on the layers below would be obscured.

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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I must be having an off day because the root of my problem was two things... 

A. My layer oppacity was down to like 12% lol and 

B. I had the blending mode set to something other than "Normal"

Once corrected, everything was fixed...

However... I just dont remember my little layer thumbnails showing the gray and white checker grid, I thought they always displayed white... It was a long night hahaha. Thank you for everything!!

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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Ah the good old accidentally change the opacity or blending mode story. We've all been there mate 😉 Good to hear you are back on track.

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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Yea, lol, I got my degree in graphic design in 2006...... and back then, I was (I felt like I was) pretty proficient at PS and AI, however, we are talkin Photoshop... cs1? I think? I definitely know the latest version of illustrator (which I had purchased for $800.00 usd as an actual hard copy software) was AI 10 lol and my life shot off in another direction and I never did anything with my degree or passion.... until here some 16 years later, my brother bought me a brand new Wacom tablet! Which also to my surprise, had a freaking screen!! Lol the ones we used in school was I think 5 inches by 8 inches, flat black and horrible parallax haha! So needless to say I was FREAKIN STOKED! So, here I am... and I will be back with more ?'s in the near future!

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Welcome back. Best of luck getting back into design.

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Are you familiar with Smart Objects? You could continue to paint different strokes on different layers which gives you maximum flexibility when it comes to editing individual elements. Selecting these layers within the Layers panel, right mouse click on a non-thumbnail part of the layer and choose "Convert to Smart Object". This Smart Object can be manipulated as a single entity. Double clicking on the Smart Object thumbnail within the Layers panel opens the Smart Object (essentially an embedded Photoshop file) and gives you access to the original unaltered layers. Make changes, save and close the Smart Object to return to your main composition.

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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This worked exactly as I wanted it to! Thank you again!!!

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Excellent. Thank you.

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Screenshot explains it all. Thank you in advance!!!

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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If I am understanding you correctly, you need to do two things:

 

1) Convert from a Background image "layer" to a standard layer (Layer > New > Layer from Background)

 

2) Remove all white outside of the outer edges of the image so that the background is transparent. There are many ways to do this, search for info on "remove background" or "remove white background" etc.

 

 

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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I found out my first issue with the background was my own error and the other was suggested to me to use "Smart Objects" and that ended up working out exactly as I was hoping it would. I do appreciate the reminder, however, that I have multiple options under the Layer drop down. Thank you!!!

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