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How to select text to put on transparent background

New Here ,
May 11, 2020

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Hi! 

I'm new to the community but semi-knowledgable about Photoshop- regardless I apologize for any mistakes. 

 

I am trying to select text from a newspaper clipping to place on a transparent background. Do I need to individually select each letter or is there an easier way to select just the text rather than the whole clipping? 

 

Thanks in advance for the help! 

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How to select text to put on transparent background

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Hi! 

I'm new to the community but semi-knowledgable about Photoshop- regardless I apologize for any mistakes. 

 

I am trying to select text from a newspaper clipping to place on a transparent background. Do I need to individually select each letter or is there an easier way to select just the text rather than the whole clipping? 

 

Thanks in advance for the help! 

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If it's an image of a clipping, both the text and background are part of that image. If the background is off white, you can select what you want to use:

clipping1.png

Then I use Levels to force the gray to white

clipping plus levels.png

Next I add an Effects layer and use the Blending option to for the wite to be transparent. You have to save as a png file to get transparency, and it must be a floating layer, so click the layer padlock to be sure.

 

Clipping + Blending Effects.png 

Move that slider to the left until the white area goes transparent.

Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 4.14.59 PM.png

 

Then you place it on the background of your choice and flatten the file.

Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 4.06.15 PM.png

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I usually end up retyping content on a new layer with the Type Tool.  In the end, you have better quality text in less time than it will take to extract background and artifacts from a scanned image.

 

image.png

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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