One thing I find myself doing often while programming our GAAP Dynamics eLearning courses is removing the background of images. I do this when creating some of our custom sliders and custom click-to-reveals –
Removing the background from an image in Photoshop provides a nice, clean look to your eLearning course slide. If you used an image with a background, you could get a slider that looks a little something like this –
Now that just doesn’t look right. I’ve read and followed quite a few blog posts and tutorials showing different methods to remove the background. In today’s post, I’m going to share my go-to method!
Step 1: Open your Image in Photoshop
Find and save the image you’d like to use in a folder. We get a lot of our images from eLearning Brothers, but Storyline also has some great images within their Content Library!
Step 2: Duplicate your Layer
Navigate to the Layers panel and duplicate your first layer. Rename the newly created layer and hide your original layer.
Step 3: Select the Magic Eraser Tool and Update Preferences
While on the duplicated layer, select the Magic Eraser tool located under the eraser tool.
Input the following preferences:
Tolerance – 30
Anti-Alias – checked
Opacity – 100%
Step 4: Erase the Background
While on the duplicated layer, click the background with the Magic Eraser selected. Now, your background is gone!
Step 5: Save your Image as a PNG
Now that you have your perfect image, export the image as a PNG. Be sure that Transparent is checked as well.
Step 6: Place your Image in your eLearning Course
Now that you have your image saved without the background, you can place it almost anywhere in your eLearning course! With a transparent background, it can be placed over anything.
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