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  • Mrsite - how to make photo backgrounds transparent?

    Im not too sure where I should be placing this thread so thought Id try here first!

    Im in the process of working on my website with Mrsite this afternoon and I just cant work out how to make a photo background transparent. In the little manual it tells you to simply put in FFFFFF to make the background transparent but I cant find anywhere in Adobe to enter this.

    Am I going mad or is it simply looking me in the eye and I just cant see it!?

    Ive managed to fill the background using a colour but I want it transparent not colourfull??!!!

    If anyone can help then I would appreciate it......I cant switch this computer off until Ive achieved that today!!

    Thank you
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    if you are talking adobe photoshop you should be able to select the background colour using the magic wand (it selects everything of one particular colour) and then hit delete. you will see the 'checkered' backgournd - indicating transparency.

    You cannot have transparency in a JPEG. you will most likley have to save the file as a GIF with transparency - or you might find that a .PNG works better for your image (you will have to try both).

    Some browsers (older versoins) cannot handle transparency and will display it as white (I think)
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    • #3
      [quote=killercraft;224902
      Some browsers (older versoins) cannot handle transparency and will display it as white (I think)[/quote]

      Internet Explorer 6 (and earlier) cannot display the transparent portions of transparent PNGs - you would need to use GIF (theoretical copyright issues with file format, plus various boring techie reasons make PNG 'better') - or apply one of the 'PNG FIX' hacks to the webpage.

      The latter may not be practical in MrSite, not sure how much flexibility you have to edit the page.

      Right though - it's the image which will need to be transparent, nothing in the HTML/CSS will help!

      If you don't have PhotoShop or an image editing program which you believe can do this, I'd recommend downloading GIMP (I find it hard to use, but it's free) - and looking for a tutorial on something like 'gimp image transparency'
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      • #4
        Thank you all for your help and suggestions.

        Ive taken the background on my sketches I want to make transparent and filled this with the same colour as my website (lilac) so this then makes them appear transparent. Hopefully it should remain looking this way when the site is finally up and running!
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        • #5
          As Matt said Gimp though incredible for the price is really clunky. The best cheap option is Paintshop Pro which you can usually pick up really cheaply. I haven't seen any versions since 10 and that was really useful for mosts of the things that you are likely to want to do. It will handle a load of different files including the ones mentioned. If you want it I should have a basic tutorial somewhere from when I taught Image manipulation and I'll try and get it up for you.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
            The best cheap option is Paintshop Pro which you can usually pick up really cheaply. I haven't seen any versions since 10 and that was really useful for mosts of the things that you are likely to want to do.
            You can download the newest version X2 from www.corel.com. Try the trial version for 30 days and the price is really reasonable for the full version.
            When I work with transparencies I always use the PNG format as GIFs can get pretty huge.
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