During my design on Photoshop I have filled a layer with black and used a white brush on it. But I want my background to be transparent. How can I decolorize my layer's background without losing its content?

  • By "decolorize" do you mean to eliminate the black fill you applied to the layer before starting to draw with white? That will result in your white drawing showing on a transparent background, is that correct?
    – user45605
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 18:13
  • @ACEkin Yes I man that.
    – pentanol
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 6:34
  • There seems to be a satisfactory answer that was accepted, no need for another answer at this point. But, the way a question is formulated affects the answers it will receive.
    – user45605
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03

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Open the Channels palette and click the dotted circle at the bottom ("Load channel as selection").

Then from the "Layer" menu, choose New Fill Layer > Solid Color... and pick a foreground colour. A new layer is created and the selection added to it as a mask.

Turn off all other layers to reveal a transparent background.

If you find that you would like to reverse the transparent areas with the inked areas, select the layer mask in the layers palette and click Image menu, Adjustments > Invert.

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