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

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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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Illustrator clipping mask problem

I've made this petal and turned it into a flower: As you can see I have a problem with the petal no 6. Half of it should overlap petal no 1. I googled that I should use the clipping mask which I ...
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How to fix transparency issue in pdf output from Inkscape?

I'm creating some histograms for use in a scientific article, The final figure is supposed to be a few graphs, each with two sets of data plotted showing how similar they are. In my example, I used ...
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Are there any extra measures when designing a translucent business card?

My client needs a translucent business and this is the first time I am going to do create a design that's going to be printed on translucent plastic material. I am a bit worried about how the design ...
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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How to create transparent 1 bit background as in the sample?

I stumbled upon a background image with transparency I have never seen before (image below). When placed as a background-image on web, it mantains the set background-color and only adds some "noise"...
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How do I avoid selection box shrinkage when working with transparent layers?

TLDR: When I use the marquee tool to select a box around layer and then move it with the move tool, the selection box shrinks to surround the populated region of the layer. Is there a way to keep the ...
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How to quickly find all transparent objects in an artwork in Illustrator?

I have document with 15000 paths. I used a lot blending modes, blur effects and gradients with transparent nodes. I need to convert it to EPS. I found most of transparent objects, but over 50 more I'm ...
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How flatten transparency without rasterization?

I have a simple illustration in CorelDraw with overlapping simi-transparent curves with uniform fillings, and I need to export it to EPS while maintaining everything in vector form. It is perfectly ...
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coreldraw X5: multiple transparancy gradients

Is there quick and easy (non destructive) way to get multiple transparency gradients on one object? For example I want a black-white gradient from bottom to top as well as top to bottom, or variants ...
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Flatten transparency of derivative colors [closed]

I'm creating an illustration in Ai CS3 heavily using symbols. I need to create derivative symbols, out of other symbols, with lighter colors. The transparency tool is for color seek, but as soon as I ...
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How to make an area transparent in Illustrator

In the image below you'll see the white section (highlighted blue). The black section behind it is one path, and the white another. How do I remove the white from the black so it becomes transparent? ...
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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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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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What to avoid when using negative shapes / text for logos expected to be placed on a glass door

I'm not a designer (as is probably obvious from the vague question), but I'm being asked to design the signage that will go on the front of our offices. Our logo is deliberately simple, blocky white ...
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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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Photoshop - Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect. I'd like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background ...
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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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Photoshop - turn white transparent, specifically preserving shadows - new issue

I have read articles all over the internet today. While some questions and answers are similar to my issue, none precisely cover my problem. I am currently doing CAD work for a website where my ...
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How to make a .PNG that shows one image on a black background and a different image on a white background?

This image was put up by the NHL on Twitter. In the feed this is the image, when you click on it, a different one pops up. When you open it in Photoshop, the whites are very bold and the greys/blacks ...
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Gimp 2.6.12: modify alpha channel while preserving color

This is for a video game in which a specularity mask is in the alpha channel of the normalmap. I need to create an image where the alpha value for some pixels are 0 (to indicate no specularity,) but ...
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how to crop the transparent small pieces around the pictures by photoshop?

I want to crop just the image not transparent around of that , but these pieces are too small , By which tools you crop carefully instead of using hand cropping ? I added a picture to show my problem
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Creating see-through graphics for window decals in Photoshop

I would like to create transparent graphics for window decals using Photoshop CS6. The graphics should remain transparent after being printed on foil. By transparent I mean see-through, e.g. a set of ...
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Separating a stock photograph from background

I purchased some stock images for a website I'm building (I'm a programmer, with relatively no design experience at all). The issue at hand is, like most stock images, the images I purchased are on ...
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Transparent stroke overlap in Illustrator

I'm trying to do a semi-transparent stroke on a path. When 2 different paths overlap (right) the area where they cross is darker, as expected. But if it a single path there is no such area (left). Any ...
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Handle a transparent layer in Targa file

I need to create some Targa file in order to load them in OpenGL (I can only use .tga ..). I created my images on Photoshop, I set a transparent background but when I save my file it's totaly opaque. ...
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Can I change the default Gimp transparent background to white?

I'm using Gimp 2. The default grid-style transparent background makes it incredibly difficult to get a sense of what the image will actually look like, when I finally display it over a background. Is ...
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Save a vector shape with transparency with a clean outline in Photoshop?

The problem I'm having is that after I've drawn a 16px by 16px, vector shape (circle), with a transparent background everything about the shape is as I need it, except that the anti-aliasing on the ...
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How do you create a translucent white background for text?

I am really struggling to create a white translucent background for text on top of an image with GIMP. Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/) has one example of what I am trying to ...
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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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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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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 pixels from an imported image in Flash Professional

I'm using Adobe Flash Professional and using a sprite my friend drew for me. It has a transparent background and when I import it into flash and break it up, it recognizes the background. This is ...
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Transparent artboard backgrounds in Photoshop

I love the Photoshop artboard feature, however I'm used to seeing the transparent background grid. Is there any way to show this in my artboards in Photoshop? And yes, I know it will still save with ...
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Working with opacities/transparency in printing

I'm working on some tasting cards for a winery and have since received a proof of my design. However how I've set it up completely wrong in terms of the opacities I'm using. I've known for a long time ...
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Inkscape - transparent fill, but still occlude paths below it

I'm doing line art in Inkscape. For the sake of saneness, I need the fill of a path to occlude paths beneath it, so I just fill everything with white. However, while exporting to a bitmap, I don't ...
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Transparent CMYK?

I am in the print field and relatively new to Adobe Photoshop. I have a lot of situations where I would like to have CMYK over a transparent background. We place .psd files into illustrator for ...
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How to determine transparency level of a pixel in Fireworks

I am a moderate user of Photoshop and have never really used Fireworks. I have been given a Fireworks document which I need to modify. The document has just one layer, the background layer. On it ...
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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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Why won't layer styles render correctly? (CS4)

Been trying to search for an answer online for quite a while now but can't seem to find anything new. I'm familiar with layer styles and I've been merging them down to rasterize a layer, but for some ...
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put partly transpared photo on top of panorama

What is it nessesary to do if I want to see just black edges from background image in image placed on top? Here are links to source images This is what I want to create: You can see there are ...
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How to make white stroke show up for a shirt printing

hoping you can help me today. I think my question is very simple. I have almost no experience with Adobe, but I am trying to finish up a Christmas present... I am making a digital file for a shirt ...
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Turn semitransparent PNG image into a white silhouette, preserving transparency

I have an PNG image like this with a transparent background: How can I change the image color to white, and keep the transparent background in GIMP? The desired result is a white silhouette on 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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How to create a fade to transparent gradient effect in Illustrator?

The black gradient effect that is placed in front of the pattern but behind the text is what I'm looking to achieve. I've tried creating a black to transparent gradient but can't the nice blur/fade ...
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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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Transparency explained

Excuse my ignorance, but could you briefly explain what it means to "maintain (or not) Transparency" in Photoshop when placing it in another program like InDesign?
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Copying & Pasting inverted image in GIMP

I have a basic image that is black on a white background. I simply want to invert the image, take the now white portion and paste it on another image in GIMP. I am having no luck. Within GIMP, I ...
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Illustrator: changing the opacity of fill and stroke independently won't work

I've read various threads on how one can change the opacity values of stroke and fill individually by going to the Appearance panel. Unfortunately I cannot do that and I'mm stuck. As you can see in ...
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Photoshop won't preserve transparency of pasted images

I am trying to edit an image I found online of a character. It was cropped, meaning it had a completely transparent background. So only the character was visible. I'd post the image, but I don't think ...