How to Fix PNG Pasting Problems on Adobe Photoshop

Want to know how you can fix PNG pasting problems on Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is preferred by professionals for many reasons. For one, it offers a lot of convenient features that make your workflow easier and faster. You can paste images directly from your browser, use lasso tools for cropping images, and even put some color grading on your projects. 

While Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing and creative work, it’s not flawless and comes with its own issues. 

Fortunately, the great thing about Photoshop is that its issues are easy to resolve. 

As we’ve mentioned, Photoshop allows you to paste images directly from your web browser. However, you might face some issues when doing this, especially if you’re pasting a PNG file with no background. 

If you try to copy a PNG image directly from your web browser, a black background will appear on the image. 

This can be a problem if you want the image to have a clear background. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to fix PNG pasting problems on Adobe Photoshop. 

Let’s begin!

Why Does the Black Background Appear?

The black background on a transparent image has an explanation. It’s not Photoshop’s fault but a problem with how the Windows clipboard work. When you copy a photo directly from your web browser, Windows discards any transparency information from the PNG image when it stores it on the clipboard. 

Once you paste it on Photoshop, the image retains its PNG type, but a black background would be applied. 

This means that the issue is with how you import images on your project and not Adobe Photoshop. If you still don’t believe it, go ahead and try pasting a random transparent image on your project and see what happens.

Fixing Black Background on PNG Files

Now that you know the reason for the black background on PNG files, it’s time to correct your error. We’ve listed below some of the best options on how you can paste transparent images on Adobe Photoshop. 

Download the File

One of the best ways to paste transparent PNG files on Adobe Photoshop is to download the image first. This will maintain the image’s transparency, and you’ll avoid the black background from appearing. 

See the steps below to save images on your browser:

  1. First, open your browser and look for a transparent image. 
  2. After that, right-click on the image. 
  3. Lastly, choose Save Image As and select where you want to store the file. 
PNG pasting problems on Adobe Photoshop

Once done, go back to your project and insert the PNG file. 

Drag the Image

If you don’t want to save the image on your computer and want to use it in Photoshop, you can also drag it directly from your browser to Adobe Photoshop. This prevents the image from being stored on the clipboard, which preserves its transparent background. 

Simply choose a PNG file you want to use and drag it using your mouse to Adobe Photoshop. 

That ends our guide for fixing PNG pasting problems on Adobe Photoshop. If you have questions, please drop a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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