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Black Background Around Layer Window

I hope I can explain this well enough for someone to help.

When I open a new document in Photoshop CS2, it comes up as normal. However, if I expand the window by dragging it out so I can view the edges of the work area there is a black background behind the working area of the document. In other words, if I open a new document using a black background, I can't see the document because it is black on black.

How do I get rid of this black background?

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  • m_l_lane Dec 26, 2008

    I tried using the paint bucket several times to change the background with no luck...just didn't do it while holding down the shift key! Thanks so much for your help!

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    same prob here, fixed with the solution given, thanks!

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The expanded area outside your document is called the "workspace". You can change this to any color you want by following these steps:

1) Select the color you want, this will make the selected color into your Foreground color swatch.

2) In the tool palette select the Paint Bucket tool (this tool shares the same space in the tool palette as the gradient tool).

3) Make sure your window is large enough for you to see the workspace.

4) Hold down the Shift key and at the same time click the paint bucket in the workspace.

This will change the color of the workspace to the color you chose as your foreground color in step 1.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

  • jcdill
    jcdill Dec 26, 2008

    Then try resetting your preferences file. See this page at Adobe.com as there are several different ways to reset this file.

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Remove complicated backgrounds from images using Adobe Photoshop


If you are a Professional user and can afford it I would use the Primatte Chromokey from Digital Anarchy it excels at removing just about any background even from flyway strands of hair.

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Try the demo version first then decide v3.0 now costs $299 (£198)

If you can't afford it and you have only a two-tone background use either Photoshop's own extract filter on CS2 version that does a good job about 70% removal, you will need to use paths and selections to remove the rest.

OR this method below really does work.

1. Open your image
2. Double Click your background layer.
3. Press Ctrl+Shift+N to make new layer.
4. Fill the new layer with any color you like.
5. Move your 'layer 0' up, so now 'layer 0' is on the top layer
6. Make selection with pen.
7. Press Ctrl+Enter to make selection.
8. Click ad mask layer icon.
9. Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer
10. Click the mask icon.
11. Ctrl+i to invert the mask selection.
12. Click your mask icon on the layer palette.
13. Brush with black.
14. Click your 'layer 0' mask icon.
15. Brush with white to reveal the image.
16. Use shift to Select the two layer.
17. Ctrl+G to group it

Other Masking Plugins for Photoshop

You can also create a fairly decent removal using Extensis Mask Pro it has a great interface and makes short work of any complex masking situation its easier to use than the Primatte Chromokey and is just as good if not better than Procreate Knockout

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