July 28, 2012

How to use a .png in Photoshop

 PNG stands for Portable Network Graphic. You don't really need to know this, but non-the-less, you will sound really intelligent when you tell people.

 Here's what you want to know about the .png format:
  1. The transparent background has no limits!
  2. PNG images have a loss-less compression. 
  3. The PNG format also supports 24-bit color like the JPEG format. A PNG image may include over 16 million colors. Keep in mind a GIF is also transparent, however, mostly used for animated graphics. GIF images only include a maximum of 256 colors. 
Very basic steps to using .png files in Photoshop:
Open Photoshop.
Open the image, or layout you would like to use.
Photoshop is all about layers, make sure your layers panel is open.
 Layer > New > Layer

 Here we are adding a #thisweek hashtag/wordart to the top of Tyler's photo. Grab a free downloadable hashtag set here.
 This photo card is a.png too! Add your image, adjust, and walla! Done!

As always, let us know if you have any questions!



  1. thank you! I never knew how to do this

  2. Can you use this in Photoshop Elements?

    1. Yes! Exactly the same concept-- just keep the png layer ontop!

  3. holy moly!! i love your blog and i am ordering my instagram prints now from your website!!! can't wait to make my friend's bachelorette mini album! ;)