I have been wrestling with this for some time now and CANNOT find a solution. I have a PSD file that has a couple layers that are shadows and highlights for t-shirt textures. Then I have other layers that are the colors of the shirts, so I can swap the color out and it looks like the appropriate t-shirt color with the shirt textures and shadows. My ultimate goal is to export the shirt textures with no color background and keeping it a transparent png. I want to use this transparent image on a website that has color behind it and can change the color using html Divs.
The issue is when I turn off the lower layer colors of the shirt the image is not trasnparent it is white. The multiply layers don't stay transparent. Is there a way to export the multiply layers as transparent? Is there a way to remake the layers as a raster image, rather than using the layer blending modes?
If your PSD file has a background layer make sure its visibility is off when you save your PNG using "Save As" png for a Photoshop background does not support transparency so if visible the PNG file will be a rectangle image with no transparent pixels.
Hey JJ Mack,
Thanks for the post. However when I turn off the lower layer (the color of the shirt), it shows the multiply layer as white and not trasparent. Even through there is NO White in that layer. So there is NO way to export it as a transparent image because it isn't transparent in the file since it turns transparent areas to white when no layer is below it.
Does that make sense?
I don't think there's a way to post attachments to this forum so if you go to this forum: http://www.photoshopforums.com/need-help-exporting-transparent-image-w ith-layer-effects-vt25471.html?highlight= my file is attached to the first post for you to view.
The multiply layers don't stay transparent. Is there a way to export the multiply layers as transparent?
You might misunderstand what Blend Modes mean.
A white Layer set to Multiply is simply not transparent.
However when I turn off the lower layer (the color of the shirt), it shows the multiply layer as white and not trasparent.
Then how can you deny that there are white regions in that layer?
Please post a screenshot with the Layers Panel visible.
Is there a way to remake the layers as a raster image, rather than using the layer blending modes?
That depends on the content.
Completely desaturated Layers set to Mutiply and Screen might easily be »reconstructed« as Normal Layers, but if any color cast is present the point is (edit) pretty much moot.
One way to use the luminance of a Layer to create transparency is putting it in a Group set to the Blend Mode Normal, set the Layer’s Blend If-settings for »This Layer« and »Gray« to 0 and 1/254 (or thereabouts) and add an Adjustment Layer (like Curves) to make everything black.
Of course this will not produce the intended result for Layers that are not desaturated.
Thanks for the reply C pfaffenbichler,
Sorry for the delayed response, been a busy couple weeks!
You're right my layer is white and when I use multiply it looks transparent. I have attached two screenshots below to this post. It is a t-shirt mockup I use for my t-shirt company: www.activestatedesigns.com I can send you the Mockup .psd via email or another way since this forum won't let me post it.
What method do you recommend I use to remade a t-shirt mockup that shows the shadows and textures?
I'm open to all suggestions even if it is steering away from this option. It would save me TONS of time with just making one trasnlucent image and adding colors below it via HTML.
I would try usinge Smart Object instances (because then touch-up will affect both instances) as the basis of two Normal Layer Groups, Clipping Masking a desaturating Adjustment Layer to them, setting their Blend If settings accordingly and adding an Adjustment Layer that makes everything black and white respectively.
Awesome thanks c.pfaffenbichler,
I do know a fair amount of Photoshop, but is it possible to have you send that psd file to me? so I can look at the layers and truely see what you did?
Also is it possible to export this as a transparent image that has no color but just the shadows?
My email is: lorne.bourdo (a t) gmail (d o t) com
Thanks for the link JWadical! Looks very intersting. I will look into it.
I am also interested in how to accomplish this in PSD without blending modes as per the above messages. But both options seem to be getting me somewhere!