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hwatt010

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Hi,

I recently got Photoshop 2020. I am a total beginner. I am trying to do the following:

I have a logo I am using for my brand. The logo is a PNG file. It has a hollowed centre. I put it over the top of an image I like and what I am trying to do is cut out the logo image while keeping the background layer within the hollow part of the png. Check out the attached photograph to see what I mean. I simply want to cut around the circumference of the black curved edged square, while keeping the background layer in the letters AC.

Please help!

Thank you!

Screenshot 2020-09-09 at 16.08.59.png
 

IamSam

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Since this image is all I have to work with, I would Use an inverted selection of the outside of the logo for layer mask.

Make a selection of the outside of the logo and then invert by hitting Shift + Cmd/Cntrl + I.

Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 12.09.06 PM.png
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Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 12.09.52 PM.png

If you had posted the PSD file, there would be other options such as a clipping mask. Hard to say without seeing how you managed your layers.

Please post your PSD file for a better explanation. Thanks.
 

hwatt010

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Hi,

Thanks for your reply. I have attached the PSD file for you. If you could talk me through the process, I'd be very grateful.

Thanks again!
 

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OK............for some reason, this PSD has some kind of an issue that I'm not sure about. I don't know if it's my Ps having a problem or if it's the file.

Can @thebestcpu and @Rich54 take a look at this????
 

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Ok................my Ps was going crazy!!! Which is odd, but a restart seems to have solved the issue.

With your file open.
Turn off the "Background" layer by clicking on the eye icon.

Click on and highlight the "logo" layer.
Choose the Magic Wand Tool.
Set to point sample.
Set tolerance to 5
Set it to contiguous.
Now click outside the logo.
This will make a selection that should look like this...
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.19.12 PM.png

Now hit Shift + Cmd/Cntrl + I to invert the selection.
Should now look like this.....selection is only around the outside of the logo.
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.19.23 PM.png

Now turn the background layer back on by clicking on the eye icon.
Click on and highlight the background layer.
Now hit the "add layer mask" icon located at the bottom of the layers panel....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.22.29 PM.png

This will add a layer mask to your background layer.
It will look like this.....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.23.25 PM.png

Your image on the canvas should now look like this....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.24.11 PM.png
 

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Here is another method.....

With your file open.
Turn off the "Background" layer by clicking on the eye icon.

Click on and highlight the "logo" layer.
Now hold down the Cmd/Cntrl key and click on the logo layers thumbnail. This will make a selection of the logo that looks like this.
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 5.32.33 PM.png

We now have to remove the selection within the selection.
Choose the Lasso Tool.
Hod down the shift key and carefully draw around the inner selection until the ends meet.
This will remove that inner selection.
You should now have this.....with the selection only around the outside of the logo.
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 5.35.33 PM.png

Now turn the background layer back on by clicking on the eye icon.
Click on and highlight the background layer.
Now hit the "add layer mask" icon located at the bottom of the layers panel....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.22.29 PM.png

This will add a layer mask to your background layer.
It will look like this.....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.23.25 PM.png

Your image on the canvas should now look like this....
Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 2.24.11 PM.png
 

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