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    making a background transparent?

    I have an image that was hand drawn on paper and then scanned. I want to useit against a coloured background on my website, and am struggling to make the background transparent.

    I am using Paint Shop Pro. I saved the scanned image, originally as a .bmp file. I then cropped and played and then have saved it as both .png and .gif (it is simple black and white).

    In PSP, I can see that the canvas is transparent, but my image background is not. I found some instructions that talked about using the eye dropper tool and then using the Colour menu, but the Set transparency options are greyed out.

    I have figured out that my lack of understanding of Layers is part of my problem, but I am not sure where to go from there. I thought that this would be easy, but its not.

    Any ideas, suggestions?

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    Re: making a background transparent?

    I don't use PSP, but it probably has a background or magic eraser tool, or a magic wand. Try selecting the area you want transparent and deleting it. Then you should be able to save as GIF with transparency. Still a good idea to set a transparent color since it can be difficult to get the edges just right.

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    Re: making a background transparent?

    I think this should work:

    1) Click on the Magic Wand tool in the toolbar to the left. Position it over the background of the graphic and click the right mouse button.
    2) Choose Selections, then Select All. Click Selections again and choose Modify, then Transparent Color.
    3) Choose Background Color from the menu and set the Tolerance level to 0. Click OK.
    4) Click on the Colors menu and choose Set Palette Transparency. Click the middle button, "Set transparency value to current background color." Click OK.
    5) Click on the Colors menu again and select View Palette Transparency. The transparent areas will now show up as gray checks behind the image.
    6) Choose Save As from the File menu.
    7) In the box that appears, click the Options button. The options should be set as Version 89a and Non-interlaced. Save the image and click OK
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    A bit faster than Jezza method....
    1. Open your image in PSP and check the size of the canvas Image>Canvas Size and then click File>New to create a blank canvas and resize the new canvas to match your original.
    2. Go back to the original image and click on Selections>Select All, then go to Edit and select Copy.
    3. Now go to the new blank canvas and select Edit>Paste>As transparent selection and then drag the image to center it and then left click to set it in place.
    4. Save as a .gif and you've got it.
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    I just went back and checked my work, and the method I posted doesn't work. The image appears transparent in PSP, but when reopened after saving, the background is not transparent. My appologies for the bad information. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    <A bit faster than Jezza method....

    Less haste more speed <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bubbles.gif border=0 alt=bubbles width=31 height=17> <img src=/S/invisible.gif border=0 alt=invisible width=15 height=15>
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    Kinda like the old carpenters adage..."Measure twice, cut once." <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    Thanks, everyone. I will get on to this on the weekend. (for now, the urgent has overtaken the important and I am called away)

    I'll let you know how I go.

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    Re: making a background transparent?

    I spent a fair bit of time on this over the weekend and have achieved absolutely nothing.

    The short story is that the effect obtained is not the effect that I wanted. My transparent image looked stark and amateurish.

    So I am going back to the thinking stage and will try something else. Don't know what yet. (I might have to go for a ride on my bike - that often gets the creative juices flowing)

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    Re: making a background transparent?

    johbot

    send it to me and I will see what I can do....offers there
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    I also would like to take a wack at it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    Attachment zipped by HansV because it was far too wide - it made the Lounge window scroll horizontally

    Thank you,

    The file is attached.

    ps. The bike ride was good therapy, but creatively unproductive!!
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Jezza on 04-Dec-06 23:10. To reduce size and add to seperate post)</P>Hi There

    Howzabout this?
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    ..and the larger zipped version
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    Re: making a background transparent?

    Thank you.

    Give me a moment and I will test it out against my background. I'll be back.

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