Photoshop Tutorial: A Quick and Simple Way to Make Any Object Transparent

In this tutorial I'm going to present you one way (a fast one!) to create a glass or transparent effect in Photoshop using paths, brush work, filter, opacity adjustments and layer modes.

End result:
A Quick and Simple Way to Make Any Object Transparent Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

Image to be used for this effect removed from background.

Step 2

To create the behind the subject layer I copied a portion of the background, then hit Ctrl + T and then dragged the layer over to fit. layer is behind subject layer.

Step 3

After you have parts of the background extracted, fill the area you want to clip. Select original subject layer, hit the Ctrl + I to invert, then hit delete or backspace to trim unwanted area's.

Step 4

Using original layer, adjust the opacity
so you can see through it to the layer below.

Step 5

Now we start creating the pen paths and brush
layers by following the selected areas you want to show hilights.

Step 6

For more details you can use a filter called find edges

Step 7

This is the filter result to the original layer.

Step 8

Now you want to invert
that layer.

Step 9

Change the layer mode to screen
to get the hilights showing through.

Step 10

Now adjust the opacity
to get the effect you like.

Step 11

Final result. you can adjust the effect to the way you like it.

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avatar PhotoRepair

Great tut, glass tends to take on the colours of its surroundings, im not sure how you would acheive this though to make it even more convincing!

(5 years and 2240 days ago)
avatar intrinsic
intrinsic says:

Using the hue/ saturation would acheive this thank's

(5 years and 2239 days ago)
avatar bartoszwozniak

Really nice tutorial! Well done! Clear and useful.

(5 years and 2234 days ago)
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paul says:

leuke tutorial!

(5 years and 2233 days ago)
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Guest says:


(5 years and 2231 days ago)
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[banned] says:

me dont like tis

(5 years and 2231 days ago)
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[banned] says:

lucky good..

(5 years and 2230 days ago)
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[banned] says:

thanx for it

(5 years and 2226 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

very nice

(5 years and 2225 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very striking!!!

(5 years and 2212 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This is a really cool tutorial. Thank you.

(5 years and 2136 days ago)
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muy chido

(5 years and 2108 days ago)
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kumar says:

its Fantastic

(5 years and 2048 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I really like your tutor nice step by step.

(5 years and 1913 days ago)
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adeel says:

Excellent tutorial.i enjoyed to learn.

(5 years and 1891 days ago)
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Guest says:

how about the shadows?

(5 years and 1864 days ago)
avatar amy_honey
amy_honey says:

very nice

(5 years and 1596 days ago)

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