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Adobe Photoshop/crop out images without white box around it.


Hi, my name is k.c; I thank you for your time and help. I am not new to photoshop, but not an expert. One thing is driving me crazy-I am trying to crop an image or some images out from a scanned material and re-use it later for a poster; but, no matter how I tried, there is always a white box surrounding the image that I cropped out using photoshop. Please give me some hints of what I did wrong. I even tried with pasted into a transparent background.But,when I copy and paste it into my illustrator file, the white box is always there.????

Hi Kim,

Try saving your files as Photoshop native file (PSD), TIFF or PNG to preserve the transparency. If you copy and paste or are saving as a jpg file format, it will produce a white background and not be transparent. Copying and pasting can also produce this depending on the file type.



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