>> Monday, July 2, 2012
I love the Graphics Fairy site and I love to use her design elements in my designs. However, sometimes when I try to remove the white background from design elements I have problems because the drawings have missing areas.
I used the magic wand on this flower image, but you can see that there are some gaps in the drawing and some of the insides of the petals are getting selected. So if I just delete the selected white areas and drag the flower on a colored background some of the petals will not be white but rather the color of the background. But there is an easy fix.
Add a new layer (click on button under the red arrow above. Click on this layer to select it.
Then use the brush (in this case I used red so I could see what I was doing) to draw in the missing areas. It only takes a minute in this case.
Now we will need to delete the white background so we can save the image as a png. Double click on the background and when the New Layer box pops up, just click OK. You can't delete selections from a background layer, so that is why we are renaming it.
Keep the background selected, and grab the magic wand (make sure Sample All Layers is checked) and then select the white background and then hit the delete key. The white background is removed.
Turn off the little eye by Layer 1 where you used the brush to repair the image (you don't want your repair showing up) and then save the image as a png. Now you can use the graphic on a colored background with all of its petals intact!
Hope this tutorial made sense!!! I will show you how to use these design elements to make custom digital paper in a future tutorial.
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