Painting While Preserving Transparency

Painting While Preserving Transparency

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Preserve Transparency while Painting in Photoshop



The background layer is a solid, opaque layer. All other layers are either transparent, opaque or a combination. If you have a layer that is part transparent and you want to paint only the "live pixels", this technique is quite helpful.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the background to White, Size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels and the Resolution to 72 ppi.

Step Two

Add a new text layer by clicking the Text tool, clicking the workspace and entering your text.

Step Three

Select the Text layer and choose Layer > Rasterize > Type.

Step Four

With the Text layer still active, click the Lock Transparent Pixels icon on the Layers palette.

Step Five

Select the Brush tool and paint the Text layer. The brush will only work on the non-transparent areas.

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