How to use a .png in Photoshop

How to use a .png in Photoshop
How to use a .png in Photoshop

PNG stands for Portable Network Graphic. You don’t really need to know this, but none-the-less, you will sound really intelligent when you tell people.

 Here’s what you want to know about the .png format:

  1. The transparent background has no limits!
  2. PNG images have a loss-less compression.
  3. The PNG format also supports 24-bit color like the JPEG format. A PNG image may include over 16 million colors. Keep in mind a GIF is also transparent, however, mostly used for animated graphics. GIF images only include a maximum of 256 colors.

Very basic steps to using .png files in Photoshop:

  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Open the image, or layout you would like to use.
  3. Photoshop is all about layers, make sure your layers panel is open.

 Layer > New > Layer

How to use a .png in Photoshop

We’re adding #thisweek .png transparent image over the photo.

How to use a .png in Photoshop

 Layer > Flatten Image. This photo card is a.png too! Add your image to the bottom layer, adjust, and walla! Done!

How to use a .png in Photoshop

Keep in mind, a .png can also be an image with a non-transparent or “flattened” background. You can upload .png files to print at Persnickety, add them to a  photo collage or memory page!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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