How to Create a Transparent Background in Photoshop


Changing the color of a photo's background can have a dramatic effect on how it looks and one of the finest tools to do that is Adobe Photoshop—though there are several fantastic options. Whether you have the complete version or a free trial, there are some different techniques you can use to do it.

Here’s how you can change the background color of your photo in Photoshop.

Selecting Backgrounds in a New Project

Open Photoshop and select "File" > "New" to launch a new project. In the Latest dialog box, click on the segment called Background Contents and choose a background color. By default, the color will be geared up to "White", but you can also select a preset color or a transparent background. Name your project file at the crown of the dialog box and click OK.

Forming a New Background Layer

If you're now working on a project and want to adjust the background, only select "Windows" > "Layers" to bring up the Layers panel. All of your existing layers are listed in this panel, and you can organize them from foreground to background.

After That, select "Layer" > "New Fill Layer" > "Solid Color" from the core menu to create a custom background layer. Pick the Color drop-down menu, choose any color that you like, and then click OK. Then, click and drag your new layer up to its recorded above the original "Background" layer in the Layers panel.

Lastly, Select "Layer" > "Merge Down" from the central menu, and your initial background will be updated to the new color.

Modifying an Image's Background Color

If your Photoshop project includes an image file with an ugly background, you can separate the image subject and change the background color.

Select the Quick Selection tool (it seems like a brush drawing a dashed circle) and drag your cursor crosswise from one end of the subject to the other. A dotted line should be seen around the subject. If a portion of the subject has not been contained, only continue clicking on those areas to boost the overall


Then, click the Refine Edge button on the far-right side of the Quick Selection control panel. In the next dialog box, test with the radius slider, discover a suitable setting and click OK. Then, right-click on the photo background and select "Select Inverse". The background will right now have a dashed line around it.

Lastly, you have to select Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Once you've realized how to change background color in Photoshop, you can apply the Quick Selection tool to change nearly any section of an image!

Some tool to Change the Background Color in Existing Images

Before you can change the color of the background in Photoshop you must choose it. Here are a few methods to do it, whether you're working on Windows or macOS:

Use the magic wand tool

It's fast and dirty and works finest when there are stark differences between the foreground and background, but it can work rather well if you're short on time or patience. To do so, choose the Magic Wand tool from the left-hand menu (it's the fourth one down and seems like a wand). Then, hold Shift and choose the different components of the background you would like to change the color of.

Use the lasso tool

 If the magic wand is a little too strong-handed or not nuanced sufficient to choose all of your backgrounds, the lasso tool can be useful. There are three you can leverage for a similar reason. Choose and hold the third option in the left-hand menu to be provided an option. The standard lasso involves drawing around the background by hand; Polygonal Lasso will allow you to draw defined, straight lines; Magnetic Lasso will stick to current lines and edges. When you’ve completed drawing around your background, either link back to the starting point to complete it or press Ctrl + Click. If you’re applying a tablet running Windows 10, pressing and holding on the screen will give you the choice to right-click, which opens a contextual menu with extra functions. Choose the one you want, then tap for a similar function.

Use the masking tool

If you need a super-accurate approach to selecting the background of an image, you can make use of the masking tool. It's the tool second-from-bottom in the left-hand menu. Pick it, then apply a paintbrush or a tool to "paint" your selection. This can be linked with the above techniques to fine-tune a current selection. You should see the areas you've chosen seem in red. When you've happy with your selection, choose the masking tool again to look at your selection in dashed lines.

Now that you've chosen the background, it's the moment to change its color. You can do so in a couple of various approaches, differing on what color you need the background to be.


Changing background color in Photoshop is a straightforward procedure once you get used to it. Once you separate the subject, choosing the background color is as simple as clicking on the color picker.

Exercise that technique as much as you can — you’ll find it helpful, particularly on social media.

S M Rishad
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