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Pull white background from pattern for layer.

Aug 1, 2012 8:13 AM

Tags: #transparent #image #template #layers #photoshop_cs5 #texture

Hello,  I have a simple clothing pattern I want to make a 3d Texture from which I can do however what I would like to do is make a layer out of the white background around the template with the marked pattern areas as transparents so after I paint the main template clothing ares, I can place the white background with transparent areas back in as a layer to cover where I paint or fill over the marked template area. Is this possible, if so, how?


I am working in CS5 Extended.


Hope I explain that correctly.

Thanks in advance for any help


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    Aug 1, 2012 8:27 AM   in reply to Kimblh

    Create a selection, then apply it as a layer mask.



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    Aug 1, 2012 9:07 AM   in reply to Kimblh

    Hi Kimberly,

    Lieke Mylenium suggested, masking is a good option. Plus you can go back and edit your masks without disrupting the pattern layer. Here are some tutorials that you may find helpful on masking: toshop-cs5/

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    Aug 1, 2012 9:24 AM   in reply to Kimblh

    Hi Kimberly

    It might help if you could post the image that you are working with here. Thanks

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    Aug 1, 2012 6:08 PM   in reply to Kimblh

    So you're trying to make the polygon grid transparent, so all you are left with is the lines?


    You'll probably want to make a selection of any of the white area's and then choose Select > Similar. Then delete the selected area to remove all the white. If you need the outside of the shirt to be white, you can just fill that in again.


    Additionally, if you simply change the blend mode of the grid layer to Multiply, the white areas will disappear. The grid may appear a little dark, but if you duplicate the layer a couple times it will get darker.

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    Aug 1, 2012 8:52 PM   in reply to Kimblh

    Kimberly, here is a simple method to make the cutouts slightly large so that white seams don't appear on the textured model. Make sure to use the settings that are highlighted in the screenshots.



    Open the t-shirt template file


    Magic Wand Tool


    Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 04.27.50.png



    Click anywhere in the big white area surrounding the t-shirt pieces.


    Select > Modify > Contract… try 2 pixels at first


    Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 04.29.31.png


    Press Cmd+J (Ctrl+J on Windows) to copy the selection to a new layer.


    Hide or remove the original layer.


    Screen shot 2012-08-02 at 04.41.33.png


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    Aug 2, 2012 6:04 AM   in reply to Kimblh

    You're welcome!


    By the way, you could use the contracted selection as a mask on the original instead of copying the white area to a new layer.

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