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Jul 21, 2019

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Hello, can anyone tell me if there's a way to easily and quickly remove all the white background from this logo? I want just the black to stay on a completely transparent background. I can use the magic eraser tool to remove it but there is so much white inside the intricate picture frame I'm finding it to be so time consuming and it's hard to get all of it. I have Photoshop Elements 9. Any help is appreciated!!!

looking glass coffee_logo_black_transparent background copy.jpg

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  1. Open the picture file
  2. Duplicate the background layer and shut off the visibility of the background layer. Work on the background copy layer
  3. Activate the Magic wand tool, set tolerance to 32  (default), and uncheck "Contiguous." Left click on a white area and hit Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Press CTRL+D to get of of the marching ants.

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Remove all white background from graphic

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Hello, can anyone tell me if there's a way to easily and quickly remove all the white background from this logo? I want just the black to stay on a completely transparent background. I can use the magic eraser tool to remove it but there is so much white inside the intricate picture frame I'm finding it to be so time consuming and it's hard to get all of it. I have Photoshop Elements 9. Any help is appreciated!!!

looking glass coffee_logo_black_transparent background copy.jpg

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Correct answer by hatstead | Adobe Community Professional
  1. Open the picture file
  2. Duplicate the background layer and shut off the visibility of the background layer. Work on the background copy layer
  3. Activate the Magic wand tool, set tolerance to 32  (default), and uncheck "Contiguous." Left click on a white area and hit Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Press CTRL+D to get of of the marching ants.

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If you want to put your image on a background other than white you can change the Layer Bending Mode to Multiply.

bm1.jpg

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If you want actually remove the white background, follow these steps

1. Go to Select>All

2. Edit>Copy

3. Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color and set the color to Black

4. Alt or Option click on the layer mask and go to Edit>Paste

5. Click Command+i or Ctrl+i to invert the layer mask.

6. Click on the Eye to turn off visibility of the Background Layer to see the transparency.

bm3.jpg

Then you can use File>Save for Web and use PNG-24 to save your transparent image.

bm4.jpg

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  1. Open the picture file
  2. Duplicate the background layer and shut off the visibility of the background layer. Work on the background copy layer
  3. Activate the Magic wand tool, set tolerance to 32  (default), and uncheck "Contiguous." Left click on a white area and hit Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Press CTRL+D to get of of the marching ants.

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Thank you, that worked

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You're welcome. Glad to help.

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lgclaura, for an extremely detailed logo like your example, using the Magic Wand can fail to pick up all the white or even remove some of the logo.  Here is the before-after using the Magic Wand. You can see how some of the fine black lines in the logo have disappeared.

There is a free PSE add-on KillWhite which does just that: replace white with transparency.

KillWhite | Mike's Extra

Here is before-after.  Nary a change!

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Holey moley, you're right! The one on the left was made with the magic wand tool while the one on the right is the kill white filter. It's much denser. This filter is awesome - thank you!!

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Glad to help

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There is a similar addon, Remove White, that works equally well.

I don't remember where I got it but you can download it from my Dropbox.

MACWHITE.8BF

Dropbox - MACWHITE.8BF - Simplify your life

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