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    Dumb question about Photoshop

    I'm trying to make a transparent background for a simple graphics image in Photoshop. I select the background using the Magic Wand or Quick Selection, and press Delete. Sometimes this works (background turns to checkered), but sometimes I get a Fill dialog which asks how I want to set up Contents and Blending, and I can't get any further from there. I feel like I'm missing something really basic, but what is it?
    Any help appreciated ...

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    It sounds like you're working with a background layer, which Photoshop treats differently to other layers. Try duplicating the layer, making the original background layer invisible and working with the duplicate.
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    You can also double-click on the background layer to unlock it and convert it to a standard layer.

    -John.

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    Good point. I should have clarified that the reason I like to work on a duplicate layer is so I can keep the original layer as a backup.
    Dave Owen
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