293: Photoshop: Export Layers as Transparent PNGs

Michael Murphy

How to export only the graphics on layers in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (affiliate link)

How To Export Layers as Transparent PNGs in Photoshop CC 2019

This tutorial will teach you how to Export Layers as transparent PNGs so only the graphic or whatever is on the layer will be exported and not the extra transparency of the canvas area.

The problem:
In the File Menu…Export As Transparent PNG will save the graphic and the extra transparency of the canvas.

The fix:
Right-click or Ctrl + click on the layer and select ‘Export As’ and Photoshop will only export whatever is on the layer and trim the transparency of the canvas.

Left: File > Export As (Keeps Extra Canvas)…………………….Right: Export As (Only the Graphic)

How To Export Layer as Transparent PNG:

If you want to export anything in Photoshop as a transparent PNG, instead of going to the File menu and selecting ‘Export As’, right-click on any layer and select ‘Export As’ and then choose PNG and make sure Transparent is checked.

  1. Select any Layer in Photoshop
  2. Right-Click (ctrl + click)
  3. Select ‘Export As’
  4. Select PNG
  5. Check the box for ‘Transparent’
  6. Click Export All
  7. Enter Name & Select Destination
  8. Click ‘Save’


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