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    Question Mask and Layers

    Hi. Im currently tryng to aply transparent background in some cgs from the game Dark Lord. Sadly they come in png with black background. As u can see it come with a mask, but the mask dont use transparent... currently I have Photoshop cs6 and XnConvert, but none of then could do what I want.

    So, theres any progam that use that odd mask to create a background image? Or PS can do it somehow and I dont know? :/

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    Re: Mask and Layers

    I think it's called 'alpha layer'.

    The way to deal with this manually (albeit tediously) via Photoshop...

    1. Copy the 'mask' part of your picture.
    2. Open the base picture, click the 'Channel' tab (should be right beside the 'layer' tab) There should be four channels - RGB, Red, Green, and Blue.
    3. Add a new channel (the same way you would do to add a layer). It should come up as 'Alpha 1'
    4. Paste the copied mask into the Alpha layer (if you choose the Alpha layer, it should be all black).
    5. Go to 'Selection' in the above toolbar, choose 'Load Selection', select Alpha 1 under the Channel dropbox, Click OK.
    6. You should be selecting everything outside the character now. Delete it by hitting 'Delete' key (make sure you turn the base picture from Background to a Layer, and return the channel from Alpha 1 to RGB).
    7. You should have your character with transparent background now. If you deleted the character instead of background, try ticking the 'invert' box during step 5.

    I hope this will help; I've ran into a similar situation myself.
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    Re: Mask and Layers

    Wow that worked perfectly (yup!) and was very fast to do (7 sec). I feel moronic now after watching 4h of youtube videos looking for a way. Thanks a lot and sry for the messy english.
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    Re: Mask and Layers

    There's also another way.

    1.) Add a vector mask on your base layer (make sure you keep the mask selected).
    2.) Use a black brush to hide the parts you want to delete, and a white brush for the parts you want to keep. You can even use a gray brush if you want to partially delete something.

    I usually use this technique for rendering images I would use for sigs. I almost always use a brush with 50% hardness so the edges of the image aren't too sharp and will blend easier. I also add two background layers--white and black--to check how clean the edges are. This technique is also useful when you don't want to use the eraser tool. You can easily un-erase bits.
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    In your case, since there's already a mask, you can just open the first image, add the "mask image" on another layer. Next, select all the black parts in the mask (with the magic wand tool), hide the mask layer, and then go back to the base image. Now, add a layer mask. Use a brush if some fine tuning is necessary (I personally don't like the magic wand tool). And you're done.

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