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

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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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GIF with transparency output not as expected in GIMP

I have been trying to create a GIF using a sequence of PNGs within GIMP An example PNG from the sequence shows the correct transparency I want to be shown in the GIF, But when I process the PNG ...
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How to save a 32 bit png with alpha channel (transparency) in Photoshop?

I want to use an image as an application launcher icon for my android application. The android guidelines specify an image for the launcher icon must be a 32 bit PNG image. Please explain the steps ...
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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 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 do I remove the alpha channel from the air spray filter in Inkscape?

I'm trying to simulate a cloud of data points around a graph and I found that the air spray filter applied to a copy of that graph will give me almost what I want, especially when changing the ...
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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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How to create a fading effect on the border of an object, with illustrator

Imagine I have a black disc. I would like to create a gradient around the disc, whose value is white 100% opacity on the border of the disc and white 0% opacity at the end of the gradient. Now, ...
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Inkscape export format

I have some vector objects created in Inkscape and I am exporting them to a png files. I am using the exported images in another program. The problem is, that even though the initial object is on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Make part of image transparent in GIMP [duplicate]

Using Gimp, I want to make a small part of an image transparent. However, when I use colour to alpha, it turns the whole image partially transparent by removing the colour from all pixels. Is there ...
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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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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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Batch replacing color with transparency

I have a very large number of PNG images (too many to practically do one at a time) with a bright pink background and would like to replace the background color with transparency. If this is not ...
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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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Cut shape in Inkscape so it has transparent background?

I was wondering if Inkscape has the ability to select the outline of a shape, and then be cropped or copied and pasted over another shape? I remember being able to do this in Illustrator but you ...
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How can I remove white pixels around circles when exporting this to gif?

I took the loaders from here: http://xooplate.com/template/details/10888-5-animated-loading-spinner-action-icons-psd Than I exported them easily, with the help of the included action to a gif. But I ...
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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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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 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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Size and transparency differences when saving PNG by different methods

I'm exporting PSD layers to PNGs for a game's texture atlases. When I'm doing Copy -> New File (RGB 8-bit) -> Save As PNG, the resulting PNG is quite heavy and Finder shows white background ...
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How to paste PNGs keeping the original transparency

Is there a way to directly paste PNG images in Photoshop and keep their transparency? I don't mean dragging them, but directly pasting from, for example, a browser. Transparency is always replaced by ...
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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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How do I create a tapered opacity effect around an image in gimp?

I'd like my image to blend into the background gradually around the edges on a web project I'm working on. How do I fade transparency around the edge of an image in gimp?
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How to draw a image transparent in photoshop?

This arrow is transparent image. I want to draw an icon like this image (transparent) in Photoshop. The idea behind this is I want to colour the icon by using gradient tool in my app. It would ...
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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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InDesign and transparency flatteners location

I have InDesign CS5 on Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard, and created a new transparency flattener style called test1 as a preset. I'm interested to know, where is my custom preset stored on Mac OS X; ...
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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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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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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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Text transparent with shadow in Photoshop

Example: In the example image is House Gothic Font 3D Shadow and House Gothic font 3d Normal. How can I make it in Photoshop? the same effect like in the example with the font on the top ...
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bmp alpha channel issues

SlavaSoft Paint Express is an image editor that I try to use for re-shaping one of my Android app's assets. It takes in a .png file, auto-convertit to .bmp (it can't work with PNG format), I do the ...
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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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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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How can I set the Photoshop pencil tool to auto erase to transparent?

Photoshop's pencil tool has a setting for "auto erase". When set, clicking on a pixel of the current foreground color causes it to draw over it with the background color. This is great if you're ...
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Why does painting with 1% opacity not always do something?

I tried this with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. When I have a black background, and a white brush with an opacity of 1%, the color should get brighter if I click onto the same spot over and over again. ...
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Fill an area while keeping transparency

In Paint.NET I'd like to change the color of an icon by using the fill tool, but I want to preserve the alpha-channel of the pixels. There's the same question for Photoshop, but I can't find 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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Convert foreground motif to degrees of transparency?

I have a 24-bit PNG where the motif is a subtle pattern. The pattern itself is in light greys, i.e. the background color of the PNG is #eee and the pattern is in a range of slightly darker greys. I ...
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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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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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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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Gimp - Using an image as the transparency layer of another image

I have two images (For the sake of simplicity, Image1 and Image2). I want to use Image2 as a transparency for Image1. How can I do that? Assume I've done little more with Gimp than play with some ...
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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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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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Using GIMP, can you “erase” a color?

I'm presently working on an iOS application and I am attempting to reverse engineer their standard alert dialog window. I have managed to figure out what the alpha value on the background it uses is ...