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Hi, I am a beginner at Photoshop so apologies for my beginners question.

I do lots of watercolour illustrations and turn them into cli art. My illustrations have no black pen lines so they can be difficult to select with tools like lasso, magic wand or pen.

So watched this tutorial about deleting background of a difficult image.
There the guy deletes the background like this:

1. Select- Color Range- Remove fuzziness- OK
2. Select Quick Masks, change colors and opacity if needed
3. Add new layer mask and invert

I end up with perfectly cut object on transparent layer, which is exactly what I need ( I have added a screen shot of how the layers look like)

Now when I try to copy paste on a new page by clicking on layer 1- the illustration still has a background or if I copy- paste the image from layer mask it comes up black and white.

How can copy- paste the image on a new page without background and keep all colors?



Retired Administrator
Hi Bridget...

There's a step missed that may not have been mentioned in the tute... that is to either apply the mask to the image or to subtract the selection from the image.... Right click on the mask icon and select as appropriate to you.

apply mask.jpg

If you choose Apply Layer Mask, it deletes the background (permanently). Selecting Subtract Mask will select the image in the background. After which you can either copy/paste or even better - click and drag into new document.

And it's equally important to make sure the receiving document is set to RGB or CMYK. I think you had your new document or receiving image set to greyscale....

Hope this helps....