I've tried creating a transparent backgound for a logo in Photoshop CS4 in numerous ways such as saving the file as a png and using the magic wand (text resolution was very poor) but neither worked. My logo has text and an image.
Your original is not showing transparency (Is its background layer white?) It should look like this:
The checkerboard indicates transparent areas in the file.
Also, if you want to float this over other colors... you may want to choose a different Matte Color than white, or use PNG-24 which supports 8-bit transparency.
What's the process of getting the image background to first show that transparent pattern? I've tried a few things but nothing worked. Can you provide the steps? I brought the logo in as a tif from Illustrator and saved it as a psd. Thanks.
Go back to Illustrator and copy the artwork. In Photoshop, paste it into a new Transparent file.
(After copying the art in AI, In PS go File>New> Preset: Clipboard. Background Contents: Transparent)
If your current TIFF file has the art in its own layer, just turn off the visibility of the white background layer and Save for Web.
I tried your first suggestion but the resulting image has poor resolution. I'm not that familiar with Illustrator so I can't figure out how to turn off the white layer.
I just figured out a way to save a high quality image with a transparent background in Illustrator. I first saved the file as EPS, then selected Preview Format and Tiff 8-bit color, which allows a transparent background. Whew!
Thanks for your ideas!