Photoshop does save the transparency info for targa, it's just in the 4th channel (1st alpha channel) instead of the transparency channel.
(no the targa plugin from photoshop 7 will not work in cs6)
(that was a one time change only in photoshop 7, but it was changed back in the photoshop 7.0.1 update to be just like photoshop cs6)
What program/application besides photoshop are you using the targa files for?
Thats the thing- I am not sure what step I am missing because I am saving the transparancy in the 1st alpha chanel- not the transparency chanel. I notice in my chanel tab, however, that there are 4 chanels noted (1.RGB, 2. Red, 3.Green,4. Blue then my alpha chanel). I am using this for a graphics program and the company I am working with will only accept .tga files with transparancy. Here are the steps I am taking:
1. Select and delete all information except the image
2. select inverse to select image
3. create alpha chanel
4. make sure image area is white and outside "transparant area" is black
5. save image as targa
When I re-open the image what was transparant is now white.
Can you tell what I am missing?
Thank you SO MUCH for replying... this is important and has been driving me nuts.
Also I forgot to mention that the alpha chanels is checked when I am saving the image .tga