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Import vs. Copy & Paste

Oct 10, 2010 11:26 AM

When I copy and paste a image such as [url=http://appliancejunk.com/imgs/logo.png]the logo from our site[/url] into fireworks it's background ends up being black instead of a transparent background.

 

When I import the same logo into fireworks the background remands transparent.

 

Why does the background turn black when I copy & paste the logo into fireworks CS5?

 
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    Oct 10, 2010 9:11 PM   in reply to Nando Vieira

    It's because the browser isn't copying the alpha channel onto the clipboard (or the OS doesn't support it), so when you paste in FW, all it sees is opaque black where there was transparency in the original image.  When you import the image, FW gets access to the actual file on disk and can see the alpha channel in the png.

     

    Note that on Windows, you can drag an image from IE directly into FW (instead of copy/paste) and maintain the transparency, even from IE6, which doesn't even correctly render transparent PNGs.  I think in this case FW gets access to the image file in the browser cache, so it can see the transparency.  Copying and pasting the image from IE6, on the other hand, results in turning the transparent pixels grey.

     

    So the bottom line is: don't copy images from browsers if you want to maintain transparency.

     
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    Oct 10, 2010 9:47 PM   in reply to Nando Vieira

    For me, Chrome pastes the image's URL when you drag and drop, which isn't terribly useful.  Sounds like IE8 is less helpful than IE6 (though possibly it has something to do with UAC on Vista vs. XP).

     
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    Oct 11, 2010 10:18 AM   in reply to Nando Vieira

    Yup, John does great stuff, and I give credit where credit is due.

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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    Oct 11, 2010 10:41 AM   in reply to Nando Vieira

    Thanks very much!

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:52 PM   in reply to Jim_Babbage

    Thanks for the shout out, Jim!

     
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    Oct 11, 2010 3:26 PM   in reply to John Dunning

    Well earned, John.

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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