How to paste PNGs keeping the original transparency


Is there a way to directly paste PNG images in Photoshop and keep their transparency? I don't mean dragging them, but directly pasting from, for example, a browser. Transparency is always replaced by black.

10/4/2017 7:14:00 PM

Accepted Answer

I don't think so.

I believe it's the operating system clipboard which kills the transparency so it's more of an operating system issue than an image or application issue.

12/5/2012 11:08:00 PM

There is a plugin for Firefox: Open with photoshop that does what you want, and actually does some of the work for you.

The way it works is: You right click an image and choose "Open in photoshop", and that is exactly what happens ( Not to mention pngs maintain their transparency ).

  • It does work pretty well, though it doesn't open up the images 100% of the time ( at least on mac/cs6 ).

  • It also has a feature to open background images.