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

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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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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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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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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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Export PNG image without alpha channel in GIMP

How do I export a PNG image without alpha channel in GIMP? I have checked a lot, but I can’t find this. I found an option to export PNG images without alpha channel in Inkscape, but I am not familiar ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Forget alpha instead of blending it in Gimp

It's now second time I need this so I'm posting it as a question: When a layer has alpha channel, some pixels may be transparent. I want to totally forget about the transparency. That means, render ...
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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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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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“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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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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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 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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Changing image color

I am by no means a Graphic Designer but try. I have an image I got from iconarchive and am trying to set the color to red (#840a0c) and setting transparent where there is white. I am using GIMP for ...
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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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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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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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Placing PSD image in Indesign with a transparent background

I'm a novice Photoshop user... obviously... I've created a wine glass ring image using a brush, on a transparent background in Photoshop. I saved this file as a PSD. When I try to place this image ...
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How do you make a letter in a circle transparent to the background? (Inkscape)

Say you have a circle, and a letter (X), on top of that circle. The circle is black, the background is white, and you want the X to be transparent. HOWEVER, you want the X (or the area where the X ...
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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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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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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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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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How to convert a specified colour to transparent for a series of PNGs with ImageMagick?

I've installed ImageMagick on Windows 7 64-bit and I'm wondering how I can convert a series of PNGs to transparent PNGs in a timely manner (I have 180 PNGs to convert, so yeah I can't exactly do them ...
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How to EXPORT/ SAVE transparency for web use from InDesign?

I would like to create a header for a webpage with a logo (with transparency from a psd/ tiff) some typography and an overall transparent background In InDesign, typography options are ideal for ...
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Same color. Why does it look different?

I'm making an icon for an Android app I'm developing. Android comes with icons for a lot of things, but I had to make my own to symbolize vibration being off. I'm using the same color, and when I look ...
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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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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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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 ...