Photoshop Elements: New file is created without a Background Layer!

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when i create a new blank file...it starts with a layer instead of background and it doesn't allow me to create a brush watermark. Does anyone know how to get the background back into the new file?
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Geoff Walker, Champion

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Go to the Layer drop down Menu and Select the New > Background from Layer option.
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Luana Obregon

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I tried that it does create a background but it's white not transparent. How do I make this transparent? And why is it not creating a transparent background on it's own like before.
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Chris Cox

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A background can't be transparent - that's the point of the background.
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Luana Obregon

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I followed the online adobe tutorial for creating a brush watermark, except now my program does not create the "background" layer and instead just creates a layer and I cannot select "define brush..." so cannot create a watermark. I am just going to reinstall the program. I over clicked buttons and it disabled it somehow.
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When creating a new file, what preset are you using? If it is set to Custom, what is Background Contents set to?
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In the New Document dialog, make sure that Background Contents is set to White. You likely have it set to Transparent: