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Sep 08, 2010 16:42 |  #1

I have various "borders" that are .png files that I purchased awhile ago. I can't figure out how to make the border "transparent". What I mean is for the black portion of the border disappear leaving the transparency to show the image.

I know I could select the transparency and invert it but that doesn't work because you lose the blending of the edges of the brush strokes. I use clipping mask all the time but they "fill" the black with the image. I want to fill the transparency with the image and the black areas are deleted?

Here is an example of the border and the border on top of a generic image.

Any thoughts?

I have CS5 and am pretty skilled - above average in Photoshop, just can't figure this one out!

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Sep 08, 2010 16:51 |  #2

Use the "border" as a mask:

Open both images in PS, layer them like you did. (Image on bottom, border on top)
Turn off visibility of the top layer. You won't need it.
Cmd (Ctrl)+ click the top layer (if you press Cmd (Ctrl) the cursor will change in a hand with a "selection" square)
Click the image layer. This should not be the "Background" layer. If it is, Double click it to rename it. Hold alt to avoid the dialog.
Alt+Click the mask icon. This will add a (n inverted) mask.

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Sep 09, 2010 10:39 |  #3

Rene,

As usual you are the man!

Now I just need to write a quick little action to do that!


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Sep 09, 2010 20:14 |  #4

Glad it helped :)

By the way, been thinking about this a bit: you say:

I could select the transparency and invert it but that doesn't work because you lose the blending of the edges of the brush strokes.

Why not? If you just (without selecting anything) invert the entire layer, black goes white, transparant stays transparant, and "half black" goes "half white"

If you print it on paper (which is white), that would give the same result I'd say... (Example below, created my own "overlay" (on a trackpad, it shows) white 'background layer" added to visualise.)

Then again, if you need transparency (web or so), it's different.

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