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 1692 days ago)
avatar intrinsic
intrinsic says:

Using the hue/ saturation would acheive this thank's

(5 years and 1691 days ago)
avatar bartoszwozniak

Really nice tutorial! Well done! Clear and useful.

(5 years and 1686 days ago)
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paul says:

leuke tutorial!

(5 years and 1685 days ago)
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Guest says:


(5 years and 1684 days ago)
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[banned] says:

me dont like tis

(5 years and 1684 days ago)
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[banned] says:

lucky good..

(5 years and 1682 days ago)
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[banned] says:

thanx for it

(5 years and 1678 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

very nice

(5 years and 1677 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very striking!!!

(5 years and 1665 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This is a really cool tutorial. Thank you.

(5 years and 1588 days ago)
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muy chido

(5 years and 1560 days ago)
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kumar says:

its Fantastic

(5 years and 1500 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I really like your tutor nice step by step.

(5 years and 1365 days ago)
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adeel says:

Excellent tutorial.i enjoyed to learn.

(5 years and 1343 days ago)
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Guest says:

how about the shadows?

(5 years and 1316 days ago)
avatar amy_honey
amy_honey says:

very nice

(5 years and 1049 days ago)

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