2 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2011 1:52 AM by Eilmer RSS

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

    Eilmer Community Member

      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?

       

      -Stuart

        • 1. Re: How do I get .cur cursor background to be transparent?
          MTSTUNER Community Member

          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

           

           

           

           

          MTSTUNER

           

          Message was edited by: MTSTUNER

          • 2. Re: How do I get .cur cursor background to be transparent?
            Eilmer Community Member

            Thanks for the detailed response. Since my initial post, I went online and found a freeware app called "RealWorld Cursor Editor." I was able to create the cursor I needed with that, but I'm glad I know how to do it with Photoshop. I'll try that sometime. Thanks again.

             

            -Stuart