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Saving an image as a circle not rectangle

May 25, 2013 7:23 AM

Tags: #jpeg #adobe #after #effects #crop #png #saving #circle #magix

http://www.taxfreegold.co.uk/images/1996twopoundeuropeanfootballchampionshipsgoldproofrev400.jpg

I want to save this image as a circle to import into adobe after effects or magix unfortunately it save into a rectangle or square on my pc and so when I save it has the border and white bitsand if I import it into Magix the round football effect is lost is there anyway I can save this and import it into Magic or Adobe as a circle and not a square?

 
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    May 25, 2013 7:34 AM   in reply to steveh3100

    Images are always rectangular, but of course it's possible to save transparency/ Alpha channels to define custom shape cutouts - if you use a suitable format such as PSD, TIFF and so on. Well, whatever, you have some reading up to do. This is basic stuff.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 25, 2013 7:47 AM   in reply to steveh3100

    Steve: Did you select and delet the white bits before saving as a PNG file? Doing so should acheive the required result.

     

    Anthony

     

    PS. Yiou need to make the background layer a normal layer first of course

     
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    May 25, 2013 8:18 AM   in reply to steveh3100

    Steve: If you open the PNG back into Photoshop does the transparent parts show as transparent?@ If so, the receiving program (After Effects, Magix?) will need to be able to handle the transparency - maybe a setting on import or something ie. "retain transparency"?  You will need to explore this yourself as I am not familiar with the usage in either of the programs you mention.

     

    Anthony.

     
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    May 25, 2013 11:27 AM   in reply to steveh3100

    Steve,

     

    I took your Image, used the Magic Wand to Select one corner of the white background, with Shift+click to Select the other three corners. I Dbl-clicked on the Background Layer, and Named it "Image Layer." Then, with my four-corner Selection, just did a Delete, allowing that Image Layer to show Transparency (in the four corners). I did Save_As PNG, and it Imported into Premiere Pro and After Effects just fine, with the Transparency.

     

    When I reopened the PNG in Photoshop, here is what it looks like:

     

    Ball_02.png

    Now I just used the Magic Wand at the last settings that I had, so you might want to adjust that, to clean up any white, that I missed.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    May 25, 2013 11:30 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    As a PS, once you have Deleted the white in the four corners, you could also Save_As PSD, which will Import into Premiere Pro, and After Effects perfectly. I do not recall how Magix (MovieEdit Pro?) handles Transparency. I do have an older copy of it, but it's on my workstation, and also might not be the version that you have. Give me the info on your Magix program, and if mine is close, I will test with that too.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Sep 28, 2013 8:22 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    May I ask how to save the png (for a web site) as a circle? Dreamweaver makes the transparent corners come out white. I copied the web page background and used that under the image, but it is still noticable. No problems in AE or PP, but in DW ... I need to crop and save as a circle.  ???????   Thanks for your thoughts.

     
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