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How do I make an image more transparent so I can.... - Adobe Photoshop Elements

I know this one!! (First make sure you're working on a copy of our image - you don't want ever want to mess up your only original.) Open the image and your Layers palette. Double click on the background layer, which will "simplify" it. You'll be asked to rename it, and I usually just let it go with copy 1, or whatever pops up. Once you've simplified the layer, you'll notice a box marked "Opacity" at the upper right corner of the Layers palette. It defaults to 100%. Just move the slider downward until you get the amount of transparency ...

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    I know this one!!

    (First make sure you're working on a copy of our image - you don't want ever want to mess up your only original.)

    Open the image and your Layers palette. Double click on the background layer, which will "simplify" it. You'll be asked to rename it, and I usually just let it go with copy 1, or whatever pops up. Once you've simplified the layer, you'll notice a box marked "Opacity" at the upper right corner of the Layers palette. It defaults to 100%. Just move the slider downward until you get the amount of transparency you want.

    Edit: Dang you're fast this morning, Barbara! :)
    Beth Haney Guest

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    Yes, but you're thorough, Beth! 8^)
    Barbara Brundage Guest

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    "Thorough." Is that another way of saying I take the long way and uses bunches and bunches of extra words? :) Yes! That's me!
    Beth Haney Guest

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    And Beth, that's a very handy habit! Sometimes, people post only short
    answers. Yours are really helpfull because with the tons of explanation
    there is in each, your answers can be used for a variety of situation. Good
    habit, keep it :)

    Ray



    Ray Guest

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    Deborah, if you mean you only want parts of the image to be transparent and not the whole image, then the best way to do it is to select the parts you want to transfer and then on the background image do a new layer via copy, if I'm understanding you correctly.
    Barbara Brundage Guest

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    I think she doesn't want the white of the b&w and just the black to show. Sometimes just changing the blending mode achieves this. I think the 'overlay' or hard and soft light work for this.
    Jodi Frye Guest

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