Questions about how to achieve transparency, or adjust the level of opacity, in any graphic manipulation software.

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How to convert solid color to transparency?

I have a simple black and white image. I want to remove the white background and make it transparent. There are some intricate parts so the magic wand tool won't work for me in this case. Is there a ...
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How to make a transparent image a non transparent one?

I am a newbie to Photoshop and I have a PSD file that contains a transparent button. Now I want to duplicate that button and move it to somewhere else. When I moved it I realized that the button is ...
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Why does resizing PNG with alpha transparency make edges gray?

I'm using PSP 7 (I know it's old, but it serves my purposes). I am resizing a bunch of images. PNG images with alpha transparency load with black backgrounds when I first open them. I have little ...
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Save Illustrator as PDF with transparent background

Is there a way to export my artwork as PDF so that it has a transparent background? Something like exporting objects only... whenever I try to save my .ai as pdf, it always comes with a full white ...
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Photoshop: How to use a non-white background as the basis for semitransparent layers in PNG8 export?

PNG8 is a great compressed format when we don't really need semi-transparency. Often an asset will have semi-transparency data that we're happy to lose in the export process, however Photoshop ...
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How to edit an animated gif in gimp to include transparency?

I have an ajax spinner which unfortunately has a white background in the corners. I want to remove the white and make it transparent using GIMP. How can I go about doing that? I tried opening it in ...
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is PNG-24 being converted to PNG-32 in Photoshop?

when i save an image in Photoshop as a PNG-24 with trans on, does PS actually convert that to PNG-32 but not tell me about it?
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How do I handle thumbnails of white-on-transparent pngs in Bridge?

When handling multiple white-on-transparent png images, I am hindered by the fact that the thumbnails of these images are all-white. Both Adobe Bridge CS6 and Windows Explorer suffer the same problem, ...
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Coloured background in illustrator that isn't included in export

I have an illustrator document with many artboards. Almost all the artwork is white and needs to be exported as (transparent) pngs. In order to see the artwork I have to put a large grey rectangle ...
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Can I get Illustrator to save an SVG and retain a transparent stroke?

Below is an icon comprised of two images. The top image has a 1px transparent stroke "knocking out" the layer below. This is fine as an .ai file. However when I save as .svg the stroke has ...
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Is it possible to have a the magic eraser apply to ALL layers at once?

I have a gif of characters dancing on a white background, and I want to use the magic eraser (or an equivalent selection tool) to select and clear the white background to make it transparent. ...
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Turning pixel brightness into transparency in single-hue image

I'm looking for a way to take single-hue images and turn their brightness into opacity in Photoshop. At the simplest, say you have a flat green circle on a white background (as an already saved ...
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Layer blending settings that turns greyscale value into transparency (subtracting lower layers)

I have a photoshop file with many layers. I would like to put one layer on top where I can draw transparency, so that full white (or black) is rendered as 100% alpha, so it subtracts all the layers ...
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How to place a border around a picture with transparency in Photoshop?

I have an image I want to draw a 1px black border around. When I increase the canvas size the extra space will be transparent; I can't select a color here. Ordinarily I would increase the canvas by 2 ...
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Overprint vs transparency

Does anyone know what is the difference between transparency and overprint? In other words: if I print 100% cyan and then 100% magenta with 50% opacity, how is it different from printing 100% cyan ...
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Key out white of embedded image in Illustrator

I have an Illustrator document with a number of images embedded. The images are all illustrations on a white background. I need to remove the white so that the art behind shows through. I know there ...
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Get transparent color to create specific color on a specific background

I've got some Images like this one: Now I need to find out the color which will become the orange in the right center of the image when drawn on a new layer with 50% opacity (The Background is the ...
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Get difference between two images as transparent image in GIMP

I have two images A and B which are similar in many regions. I want to create an image C so that B = C on top of A where C should be as transparent as possible. on top of is the normal layer ...
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Printing a transparent PDF document with alpha channel results in artifacts on the photo

Me and my friend are kinda struggling a lot. We have a "overlay" PDF file containing a PNG bitmap image (no vectors). We use this PDF for automatic montages in PDFlib together with generic photos to ...
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Image loses transparency when added to another image

Please keep in mind that I have no idea what I’m doing with image editing. I have a watermark that I want to add to images, but it loses it’s transparency when I try to stick it on a picture. I’ve ...
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Converting a lot of Illustrator files to PNG with transparent background

I have about 280 Illustrator .ai files that I need to convert into .png files with a finished size of 500px x 500px. All of them aren't squared, so those that are, for example rectangular, need to be ...
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“Darkening” a colour so that it's equivalent to the original when made transparent

When you make a colour partly transparent, it lightens (assuming it's on a white background), naturally. I would like to counter this behaviour by "darkening" a colour, so that when I make it ...
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How to colorize a layer with semi transparent borders to a specific color in GIMP?

I have an white icon that needs to be colorized to a specific color. How do I do it in GIMP? Keep in mind that it has semi transparent borders and transparent background, so using the bucket or ...
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Remove transparent when rotate 3D ps6

I have 3D image and this is several 3D layers merged in one. But when I try to rotate it layers become transparent What I should do if I want to remove this "transparent effect"?
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How to extract the black and white components of an image to superimpose it over colored backgrounds

Say I want to create a glowing button for a website. I would like to have the possibility to dynamically change the color of that button by changing the color of it's background. For this I need to ...
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Forcing transparency on layers below

I am pretty new at Gimp, so not sure if this is possible at all. Let's say I have two lines like this, and I give the impression one line is on top of the other by clipping at the intersection, like ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Masking using layers with stroke?

I'm working with Google Maps in making a campus map comprised of a number of tile overlays. Two of these overlays- accessibility (paths) and parking- are layered under other elements (with strokes) ...
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Transparent partial slicing in Photoshop

I am trying to fix some issues I have with Photoshop as a web developer creating graphics for web. I'm using Photoshop CC/14 and have previously used Fireworks. I have a "button" layer on top of a ...
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Changing “color” of transparency layer in GIF

I have some GIF files that are not observing transparency when I load them in .NET, via System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(). However, I have a some others that do. When I have a look at the color ...
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Subtract object's stroke from adjacent objects (to create a border of negative space)

I really don't know how to explain this in words in a simple way, so just take a look at the photo I've linked to below. I have a compound path, and I want to multiply it, but have a "stroke of ...
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GIMP: Smooth png image from black to transparent (how to make gradient)?

How to make a transparent 'png' image from black (not transparent) to nothing (absolutely transparent) in GIMP smoothly? As result, this image on the red image gives the image from black via dark red ...
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Adobe Photoshop - How to turn text into a “hole” in a layer, so I will see the background through it.

Okay, this should be super easy to do but I just can't find the way. I have a background image with a solid colour layer on top of it, and I would like to add text on top of everything in such a way ...
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“Replace” image (gradient) in image with alpha

Consider the following graphic: Note that the first image's background is transparent, and that the blue background in the second and third images is a subtle gradient - not solid color. ...
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Illustrator - Using an RGB transparency mask in a CMYK file

My file is CMYK, but it has a Link to an RGB PSD file as a transparency mask. The file renders properly in illustrator (the preview), but whenever I try to export to any other format, the colors are ...
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Resized shape becomes semi-transparent?

I have this shape made up of lines (see left side of image). Why is it that when I resize it to a smaller size, it becomes slightly transparent (see right side of image)? Changing it to a smart ...
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Transparency problem with different monitors

I created a png with a 10% opacity in photoshop. It looks perfect on my laptop and phone. However when I checked it on another person's monitor you could barely see the image. Then when I checked it ...
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How can I make a the lighter colors of a greyscale image transparent?

I would like to achieve in Photoshop this type of transparency effect (higher transparency values on the brighter areas of the image): How can I do this?
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Having CTRL+A also select fully transparent pixels in Photoshop

When working with an image in photoshop which has a transparent background, pressing CTRL + A to select all, then CTRL + C to copy all, the selection only includes pixels that aren't fully ...
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Transparency is lost in illustrator CS6 when I use image trace. Help!

so I'm pretty new to illustrator so sorry if this is obvious - but, I'm having troubles with the transparency of a flower image. I placed the image of the flower which has no background from a saved ...
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How to change semitransparent part

How do I make this picture white on transparent background and keep it's semitransparent parts - (Background is already transparent).
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Gimp : How to make a selection with the current background color considered transparent?

Just like in Paint, how can I do a "transparent selection"? For example, if red is the background color and I select a part of an image with red in it, I want my selection to consider the the red to ...
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Photoshop cloning non opaque image

Using Photoshop CS6, I have a PNG with some transparencies with soft edges. I need to clone a semi-transparent area, but when I do that I always end up overlapping the original image, losing the ...
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Photoshop “Save as PDF” doesn't retain the transparency

So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to ...
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export icon from illustrator to Photoshop with transparency

I have an icon in illustrator but when I export to Photoshop I get white around the shadow in the image. Please advise how to remove the white. I have the icon in layers. original ai file ...
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Spot Color Transparency and Screens in Illustrator

(Illustrator CS5) I have a design that will be printed on a line printer. Possible are up to 7 colors, or a 4-color process with 3 line colors. I'm currently sticking to PMS only (only 5 PMS colors ...
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Distorted png when opening in PS

I have a Facebook icon PNG that I want to edit to create a sprite. But the image is distorted upon opening. Saving it gives the same distorted image. Result of opening in PS CS4 v 11.02
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How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency

How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency? Thanks All!
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Change the transparency of an Android stock icon?

I am trying to use an android star icon (.png) and color it in red. Basic, right? Well. I did the color change after some research (just download Gimp 2) from an iOS icon because it has the ideal ...
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Black-white and grayscale to alpha conversion for images

Is there an utility for converting all black-white and grayscale images from certain folder to the same images with adjusted alpha channel? For example, for pixel (r:50, g:50, b:50, a:0) I would like ...
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Advanced shadow and highlight extract with transparency

I want to blend this image dynamically over a background. So, I want to extract it as a PNG with transparency. I photographed the ship-in-a-bottle on a surface that is roughly the colour of the ...