Photoshop: How do I create a text-filled image to transparent background?

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In Photoshop it is pretty easy to delete or change background, but when dealing with text-filled images it seems to be much harder. I feel like I'm missing something. Is there an easy way to create a transparent background from a text-filled image? Tried simple delete, magic eraser tool, background eraser tool with variable settings, and masked before using other tools. Quality of initial image really bad which doesn't help.
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Randy Boyett

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Howdy Randy,

It depends on the image in terms of complexity and color.  Why don't you post a small version so we have an idea?

Based on what you've described so far, it might be easier to select the text (assuming it's all the same color) and then knock out the inverse using a layer mask (so you can find tune it).  But, again, seeing the image would help suggest the best technique.

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With the text in a text buffer, Windows clipboard for example, you can do as follows:

1.  Create a new .PSD document of the desired size.

2.  The layer created is the background layer, and it is locked.

3.  Unlock the layer, so you can make changes to it.

4.  Erase the background (use Background Eraser Tool).

5.  Create a text layer (use Horizontal Type Tool), and make the text layer covering the entire picture.

6.  Write or paste the desired text into the text layer.

That's it!  (It worked with PS CC 2017.)

The .PSD file could not be uploaded, and uploading the .jpg file appears pretty meaningless, sorry.