I am not a graphic artist, I use Photoshop when I need pieces of graphics cut, sliced, composited, etc and while not an artist, I've been using it a few hours a month since Windows 3, so.. for a while.
There is one thing I that always annoyed me and I never found a solution. Every single time I need it, I open the image I need to work on and I convert the background into a layer.
Is there a way to kill the background layer forever? I understand there are use cases where it's useful but there are also scenarios, like mine, where for 30 years it hasn't been useful and only been a source of 'why the hell? ah yes, it's a background layer instead of a normal one'.
Can I set PS in a way that an image gets loaded as a layer, without a background? (which will then default to transparent)