6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 20, 2007 12:34 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Transparent GIF Help

    adambaum Level 1
      I am trying to take a graphic and remove the background from it, I have tried saving the file as a gif and using the options to make pixel transparent but it still leaves some and removes some of the graphic.....

      Could someone please show me a better way,

      Here is what the graphics look like...

      http://epraiders.org/img/test/spear00.png
      and
      http://epraiders.org/img/test/spear00.gif

      Thanks in advance!
        • 1. Re: Transparent GIF Help
          Level 7
          adambaum wrote:

          > I am trying to take a graphic and remove the background from it, I have tried
          > saving the file as a gif and using the options to make pixel transparent but it
          > still leaves some and removes some of the graphic.....
          >
          > Could someone please show me a better way,

          Try this. Group all the bits together (Select All, and then Modify >
          Group). Click on the add effect button in the Property inspector [+] and
          choose Other > Convert to Alpha. To add some color to the graphic, add
          the Color fill effect. Change the canvas color to one that matches the
          background color of your page. Export with Alpha transparency.


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          • 2. Re: Transparent GIF Help
            Level 7
            adambaum wrote:
            > I am trying to take a graphic and remove the background from it, I have tried
            > saving the file as a gif and using the options to make pixel transparent but it
            > still leaves some and removes some of the graphic.....
            >
            > Could someone please show me a better way,
            >
            > Here is what the graphics look like...
            >
            > http://epraiders.org/img/test/spear00.png
            > and
            > http://epraiders.org/img/test/spear00.gif
            >
            > Thanks in advance!
            >
            Ideally, the image could be recreated as vector shapes which would give
            you a lot more control. I took the liberty of doing "some" of that work
            by replacing the pole with a gradient filled rectangle. You can find
            my version at www.newmediaservices.ca/jim_babbage/jb_spear.png. Using so
            many little segments to piece together your artwork could becoming very
            frustrating when trying to manage all the individual pieces.

            I use the eraser tool to get rid of the rest of the bitmap pole

            Depending on your intentions for this image, you only need to slice out
            a small piece of the pole to act as a repeating image, and the spearhead.

            HTH

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            • 3. Re: Transparent GIF Help
              adambaum Level 1
              When I convert to alpha the image turns black. Should i be using a different format other than .gif?
              • 4. Re: Transparent GIF Help
                Level 7
                adambaum wrote:
                > When I convert to alpha the image turns black. Should i be using a different format other than .gif?
                Why are you converting to alpha?

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                • 5. Re: Transparent GIF Help
                  adambaum Level 1
                  Per Linda's instructions above.....

                  "Try this. Group all the bits together (Select All, and then Modify >
                  Group). Click on the add effect button in the Property inspector [+] and
                  choose Other > Convert to Alpha. To add some color to the graphic, add
                  the Color fill effect. Change the canvas color to one that matches the
                  background color of your page. Export with Alpha transparency."
                  • 6. Re: Transparent GIF Help
                    Level 7
                    adambaum wrote:
                    > Per Linda's instructions above.....
                    >
                    > "Try this. Group all the bits together (Select All, and then Modify >
                    > Group). Click on the add effect button in the Property inspector [+] and
                    > choose Other > Convert to Alpha. To add some color to the graphic, add
                    > the Color fill effect. Change the canvas color to one that matches the
                    > background color of your page. Export with Alpha transparency."
                    >
                    >

                    OK, sorry, I wasn't reading up.

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