I'm attempting to make a transparent logo that uses a smoke effect. I used the tutorial found here to do so: Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent

However, I am having issues as the image continues to have a faint white background, although it's not entirely opaque. I can't figure out how to get rid of this, and I found that if I did the same steps but with the smoke in black, it turned out to have a dark hue to it.

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Any suggestions on how I can get rid of this? Even if there is a better means right from the beginning. Below is the image I started with:

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Any ideas would be much appreciated!

  • seems that you provided link to the solution and not to the tutorial itself...
    – Ilan
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 7:37

1 Answer 1


Like @Ilan said, you seem to have tutorial right there on how to get rid of the background, however here's another way of doing it and a way to get rid of the white part.

Since it's a black and white image, you could:

I'm assuming that this is one flat image you are working with.

  1. Fill a new layer with white
  2. Hold down Alt key and click the Layer mask icon.

    • That way the Layer mask will be filled with black. enter image description here
  3. Hold down the Alt key and click the layer mask thumbnail.

    • This gets you inside the layer mask.
  4. Paste the image into the document now Ctrl+V enter image description here
  5. Hold down the Alt key and click the layer mask thumbnail again.
    • This gets you out of the layer mask. enter image description here
  6. Use levels to get rid of the extra white part Ctrl+L.
    • Start moving the black arrow to the right, until the extra white bits disappear
    • In some cases you might want to move the middle arrow as well, but I didn't find it necessary in this case.
    • Note that I have that red background there so that you can easily see the edge. enter image description here

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I'm not posting the png, so that you don't feel temptation to just use that.

  • I got it to work perfectly, thank you so much!
    – user22069
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 17:36

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