Help separating a picture from its background?

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  1. crdean1 macrumors 6502a

    crdean1

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    My wife is looking to add the attached picture to the bottom of a wedding shower invitation, but the paper is lavender. How do I move the actual image to a blank canvas.

    Right now, a white square is showing up around the image. Would I use something like Photoshop?
     

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  2. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    what you need is a transparent background, not a white one

    in photoshop, use the magic wand to select the white space and then delete it

    then you have to save the file in a type that supports transparency, like .png
     
  3. crdean1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    crdean1

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    Easy enough. Thank you for the reply. I'll try it out.
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Actually, you might save yourself some time with that one by using Preview's Instant Alpha feature. It's just kinda hidden.

    Open the picture in Preview, click and hold on the selection tool in the toolbar, and choose Instant Alpha. Then just click and drag in the background until the background and only the background is highlighted (hold option to select non-contiguous areas, btw, just found that out today [EDIT: Sorry, that actually didn't work this time, don't know why]). I've found for simpler shapes it works wonderfully.

    jW
     

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