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Photoshop needs "Color to Alpha" button

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I was just chatting with a group of other artists about the need to convert a color into transparency sometimes, and we've all needed such a function, then somebody said that in GIMP there's just a simple button for it, "Color to Alpha."  It does exactly what we need and very easily.  In Photshop this is possible but very cumbersome, having to use the channels to make a selection, then apply a mask.

 

Googling leads to 10 year old articles and people recommending plugins.  But yeah, I'd just like to suggest this as an official feature request.

 

You know how in Photoshop you can use Replace Color?  And you can pick a color, and vary the fuzziness of the selection, then change the color to something else?  It would be just like that I imagine, but instead of changing the color, you increase the opacity of those pixels.

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This is a very sensible request on the face of it. The problem is that Select > Color Range already does it. The output is a selection, not a mask. But all you have to do is click the mask button.

 

Generally, "new" features that only combine existing ones get low priority. That's just my experience, not my opinion.

 

In short...well, maybe it might be worth it. Whether it actually happens depends on the marketing value.

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Photoshop needs "Color to Alpha" button

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I was just chatting with a group of other artists about the need to convert a color into transparency sometimes, and we've all needed such a function, then somebody said that in GIMP there's just a simple button for it, "Color to Alpha."  It does exactly what we need and very easily.  In Photshop this is possible but very cumbersome, having to use the channels to make a selection, then apply a mask.

 

Googling leads to 10 year old articles and people recommending plugins.  But yeah, I'd just like to suggest this as an official feature request.

 

You know how in Photoshop you can use Replace Color?  And you can pick a color, and vary the fuzziness of the selection, then change the color to something else?  It would be just like that I imagine, but instead of changing the color, you increase the opacity of those pixels.

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Correct answer by D Fosse | Adobe Community Professional

This is a very sensible request on the face of it. The problem is that Select > Color Range already does it. The output is a selection, not a mask. But all you have to do is click the mask button.

 

Generally, "new" features that only combine existing ones get low priority. That's just my experience, not my opinion.

 

In short...well, maybe it might be worth it. Whether it actually happens depends on the marketing value.

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You can post your feature request here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

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This is a very sensible request on the face of it. The problem is that Select > Color Range already does it. The output is a selection, not a mask. But all you have to do is click the mask button.

 

Generally, "new" features that only combine existing ones get low priority. That's just my experience, not my opinion.

 

In short...well, maybe it might be worth it. Whether it actually happens depends on the marketing value.

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Whoooa, what?  I didnt know this tool existed!  This is exactly what I needed!  This is SO much easier than fiddling with channels and layer masks.  Thank you!

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