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How do I get .cur cursor background to be transparent?

May 8, 2011 3:57 PM

I'm trying to create a cursor (meaning mouse pointer) in PS CS3. I downloaded this plug-in: FM91JHTXEYEYF7J6DB.8bi, and can save .cur files. They behave properly as mouse pointers, but the background is white, not transparent. I can save the same files as .gif or .png and the background is transparent. Any tips on what I should do?



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    May 9, 2011 1:47 AM   in reply to Eilmer

    Try something like the following:


    1.  File>New  32px x 32 px 8 bit transparent RGB resolution 72


    2.  File>Place (I used a transparent pdf file for the cursor image)

        If you use the place command , uncheck antialias in the tool options bar.

        (if you don't have a transparent image, then select it and then New>Layer via Copy.

         so you can add the black background)


    cursor 1.png


    3.   Ctrl click on the image layer to load a selection around the image, then go

          to Select>Inverse.



    cursor 2.png


    4. Go to the channels palette and click the icon on the bottom that says

        Save Selection As Channel (makes a alpha 1 channel)


    5. Select>Deselect


    6. Fill the bottom layer with black and flatten the image.


    cursor 3.png


    7. Convert to the index color mode Image>Mode>Index Color.



    cursor 6.png


    8. Save as in the cursor format with alpha channels checked in the

        save as dialog.



    cursor 7.png



    Cursor in action: (there is a shadow under the cursor, you just can't see it

                              in the screenshot)



    cursor 5.png







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