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

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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 ...
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How to punch text out of an object in Illustrator?

My enterprise logo has the text Job overlapping a bag icon. What I really want to achieve is a white bag logo with the text punched out. That way, on any background the text has the color of that ...
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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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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 to determine the color and opacity using the color picker tool?

I have received a PSD that has a semi transparent image in it. I know the image is semitransparent because I see the Photoshop checkered background behind it. When I look at the layers I see one layer ...
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Solid bordered ellipse with transparent background in Photoshop?

This has to be a silly question but I cannot see how, in Photoshop CS5, to draw a red bordered ellipse with a transparent fill over a picture. I often find myself doing this to highlight an area of a ...
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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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Remove transparency from semitransparent pixel

When drawn with the black brush with 50% of transparency, this color (when picked by color picker) recognized as gray color (128,128,128 rgb). How to remove transparency to get black color? What I ...
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How to get a transparent color other than black with gimp?

I need to have two 100% transparent colors (I mean invisible) black (000000) and white (ffffff). When I try to have a 100% transparent color, gimp always set it to black (0x00000000 ARGB) even if I ...
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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 file)....
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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. However,...
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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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Can't cut out or make middle transparent in Illustrator

I am trying to cut out the middle of this "P" graphic to make it transparent. I found tutorials on removing interior segments of objects using pathfinder, but every time I attempt to use "minus front" ...
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Why do some, but not all, PNG files (with transparency) in InDesign documents have black borders?

When I put PNG images into an InDesign document, sometimes they have black borders on the exported PDF. Usually this doesn't seem to be a problem in print but in a recent proof, I did see some of the ...
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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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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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Transparency issue in Adobe illustrator when exporting JPEG

I cant figure out why my path which is at 100% opacity and above the red edge of my card, is showing through. I cant even think of how to google this error. I've expanded the "red card" it has a ...
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Using GIMP, is there a way to fill an image that has transparency?

For a given shape, I would like to fill it with the line color. However, using the fill bucket, the transparency on the inside of the image is still visible. Double clicking with the fill bucket ...
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How to make a transparent picture a non transparent *GIMP*

A friend of mine sent me an image that is almost completely transparent as a sort of encrypted code type of thing, the only way I can see it is if I go into the default paint program and use the ...
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Illustrator PNG w/ transparency Export - White Outline in Web when not 100%?

I created a vector graphic in Illustrator CC and used "Save for Web" to create a transparent PNG of it. When rendered on my site, though, it adds a faint light outline around the gray circle in the ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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PDF Printing issues with embedded transparent CMYK image

I have a couple of PDF files here which are saved as PDF/X1a:2001. Those contain some outlined/curved text as well as an embedded background image. In some of the PDFs there is a background picture ...
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Remove transparency in bulk - GIMP

I have 3,337 PNG images which all have a transparent background. First of all, I don't know how to remove transparency... Second of all, I want to do this with all 3,337 images at the same time. I ...
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Set transparency of wood print [duplicate]

I am trying to make initials found in old books transparent. E.g. The paper should be completely transparent and the dark parts of the print fully opaque. But the parts of the print that are not ...
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Draw curved line that clips text with transparency in Illustrator

I am using Illustrator CS6 and I have some text and want to create a curved line from the bottom left of the text to the bottom right that has a uniform vertical curve to it. Then I want to clip the ...
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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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How to make part of image transparent including all layers

I have an image with many layers. I want to define part of it as transparent. Is there a mask layer which makes all the layers under it transparent or something similar?
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How to export overlay glow

i made the following image: lowest layer: solid black middle layer: some white brush painting highest layer: solid red with Overlay mode this gives me a nice glowing effect, which i would like to ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...