Photoshop elements-any way to make a pencil drawing transparent?
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Posted: 7/22/2013 3:56:21 PM
I have a softball that I have taken from the background. I want to make it a drawing & put it on a background of "lined paper" but I want it to be transparent so the paper lines show through, like it was drawn on the paper. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help!

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Posted: 7/22/2013 4:37:45 PM
I would try adjusting the opacity.? This way you can have the background show just a little or more depending on what look you want.


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Posted: 7/22/2013 4:44:12 PM
That's the only thing I could think of but for the lines of the paper to show through good, the lines of the softball are too light. Is there any way to make the pencil lines really dark before I lower the opacity? I'm hoping there might be someway just to keep the pencil lines & delete everything else. ?

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Posted: 7/22/2013 5:41:14 PM
A good way to do this is to make your image a Photoshop brush. You will want to increase the contrast first, since you said the image wasn't dark enough. You can do this by fiddling with your Levels (Image< Adjustments< Levels) to make the dark darker, and light lighter. Then go to Edit< Define Brush Presets. This makes your image a brush. To use it, Click on the brush in your toolbar. You'll see a brush palette at the top of your screen. Click on the the brush icon (with a number) to reveal all of the brushes in your sets. The new brush should be the very last one. Pick a color from the color picker, then on your layout or image, create a new layer (Layer< New< Layer). All you do is "stamp" your brush over your background. If you want it larger or smaller, you can either enlarge it using the Transform tool, or you can go up to the brush palette, and increase the size of the brush. If it isn't dark enough, duplicate your brushed layer, and it will darken it. (You might want to merge these two layers)

I'm using the full version of Photoshop, not PSE, so my instructions might be a little different with your program or computer. Hopefully this will get you started.



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Posted: 7/23/2013 9:46:44 AM
Wow Thanks! Believe it or not, I got that by following your great instructions step by step. I even got to the point of having my image be my brush, which made no sense to me when I read it the first time but after following along I got it! But, I missed something because when I "stamped" with the brush it didn't go on the image. I'll have to try it again. But also, my image is still white for it's background instead of transparent. Is that how it is suppose to be? Thank you so much for your help!
Sheri

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Posted: 7/23/2013 11:41:28 AM
Make sure you have some color on your brush... your foreground color is on your toolbar. As long as the brush icon is picked, you have selected a layer (which should be a new, blank layer ABOVE the layer you want it to show on), and your brush is sized properly (and is not either too huge to see or too small to see, it should work.

Yes, your image remains the same. Creating a brush doesn't alter the original image, you'll still have the white background.



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Posted: 7/23/2013 12:35:26 PM
If you have a line image with a white background and you want the background to be transparent, in PSE, use the magic tool brush to select the background and hit delete...it should remove the background.

Another way is to select the actual lines (if they are the same color--making them B&W makes this easier) is to use magic tool brush, select the drawing and hit CTRL J to make a new layer with just the parts selected...then turn off the orig layer so you'll have a transparent background.

Once done, you can turn into a brush as Stef outlined, and use whatever color you want in the color picker foreground box to stamp the image any size onto your page.


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