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Photoshop (CS4) always opens a new file with a white Background layer that I nearly always delete. Is it possible to get it to open with a non-locked transparent layer instead?

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Which version of Photoshop do you use? I'd like to know this as well, but it would help the helpers if you specified. I use Photoshop CS5, and experience this behavior. –  cmbrnt Jan 15 '11 at 13:42
    
Version CS4..... –  fredley Jan 15 '11 at 15:14
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mewoshh's fix is the same for the last few versions of photoshop at least –  Jaips Jan 17 '11 at 9:06
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File -> New or ctrl/cmd + N

Then from the drop-down list Background Contents choose Transparent.

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