Are you aware of the fact that the gray-and-white chequered background in Photoshop is not "really there"? It indicates transparent parts of your image, and will show up nowhere else, in no other application.
If you want it to be visible anywhere else, you need to "draw" it in Photoshop.
Hello and thnaks for the reply.
Yes I know what the checherboard means.
I have a piece of clip art - with a drawing pin surrounded by white within a bounding box/frame off the net.
I want to put just the drawing pin into Indesign - edit out the white surround.
I apologise for not being more precise in my question.
Is there a solution?
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Ah. Well, if your original is a bitmap image I'd strongly advise you to open it in Photoshop and make it transparent in there. Way easier, and you have more control, than to do it in InDesign. But it's possible:
Marvellous - put me on the right track regarding clipping paths and alpha channels - bit of reading and playing about to do but I think you have solved my problem.