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Quick Background Color Knock Out

All too often you find a perfect graphic for your layout, but it's on a white background. You need a quick way to extract the graphic but it may be complex, and you don't want to waste several minutes on the Magic Wand. Luckily you can knock out most solid-color backgrounds in seconds via a layer's Blending Options. Right-click on a layer and go to Blending Options to bring up the image shown above. Then, holding ALT, drag the left half of the white slider towards the black slider. Viola! White background gone. This is a great rough-and-tumble technique for rapid mock ups.