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Transparent Background

Dec 5, 2013 3:29 PM

I am using Illustrator CS5 and am having trouble exporting a .ai file to a .png with a transparent background.  I am making images for a graphical display and wish for it to be transparent beyond the graphical image itself.  Please help.

 
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    Dec 5, 2013 3:53 PM   in reply to bjc4550

    Please show what's in the file.

     
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    Dec 5, 2013 6:51 PM   in reply to bjc4550

    Is there a white rectangle shape behind the 6 dots that defines the boundary of the image in the Ai file?

     

    If not, then only the grey dots would be exported with a transparent background.

     

    Below is a screenshot of a AI file exported as PNG and viewed in Photoshop.

     

    The boundary of the exported image is defined by the outermost elements. So I suspect in your case, there is a white opaque rectangle which is the reason why you didn't get a transparent backgound. 

     

    I don't have Illustrator CS5 so I used CS3. Hope this helps.

     

    Screenshot.png

     
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    Dec 5, 2013 7:27 PM   in reply to bjc4550

    I usually export AI to PSD first then saves to other formats in Photoshop. There you can increase the boundary and do other adjstments/touchups before saving it in PNG or JPEG as needed.  

     
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    Dec 5, 2013 8:04 PM   in reply to bjc4550

    bjc,

     

    please, show the same image from your post #2 again after you choose View > Show Transparency Grid

     
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