How to Make a Transparent Rectangle in Photoshop

By Craig Witt

Adobe Photoshop is one of the world's most popular professional-grade graphics design programs. It allows designers and photographers to resize and retouch photos, create and edit layer-based image files, add filters and effects, and create text and shapes. Because it is designed around the needs of proficient users, seemingly basic tasks in Photoshop often prove difficult for beginners. Transparent shapes are one such example. Fortunately, creating a transparent rectangle in Photoshop is a quick task once you understand the correct steps.

Step 1

Open your image file in Adobe Photoshop.

Step 2

Click "Layer" in the top menu, select "New" and choose "Layer" to create a new layer for the rectangle.

Step 3

Select the "Rectangular Marquee" tool (icon of rectangle with dashed border).

Step 4

Click and drag within the image until the rectangle reaches your desired size. Release your click to hold the shape.

Step 5

Click "Edit" in the top menu and select "Stroke."

Step 6

Enter your desired line width and color in the corresponding fields. Decide if you want the rectangle border applied to the inside, center or outside of your newly created shape.

Step 7

Click "OK." The transparent rectangle appears immediately.