As a beginner I am having hard time and sorry for this basic question. I have bought some vector from ShutterStock and while removing the background layer, I get some black gradient in the edges of the sparkles!

For easier understanding, please see the image below.

How do I get a fully transparent image of the shining frame. [I have the layered vector file of the image]

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  • This image seems to have been made to go on a dark background...
    – Welz
    May 17, 2018 at 3:05
  • @WELZ I want the transparent frame so that I can set any darkish background programmatically. Isn't possible?
    – Asim Roy
    May 17, 2018 at 3:13

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The objects appear to have been specifically created to blend to a dark background.

You won't be able to easily alter that. But you can alter it.

You will need to select the objects with the dark coloring and adjust the dark color to white or to transparent. How one goes about that depends greatly upon how the artwork is constructed. It may be a simple matter of adjusting some color fills, or gradient color stops. It is difficult to state.

In some cases internal object construction may prove very intricate and difficult to change.

In this art.... Many of the objects are merely a gradient fill.

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Select the object and change the gradient so that both color stops are the same color:

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Then click the color stop that used to be dark and set it's opacity to 0:

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Then do the same thing for all the other objects with dark in them - replace dark with same color, set that color stop to 0% opacity.

The reason you need to set the color stops to the same color first is because if you leave it as the dark color, you are going to get a dark drop-off of the gradient in the middle of it. Sort of a gradient from color to dark and then to transparent. Setting the color stops to the same color prevents this drop off when using transparency in a gradient.

Example of the drop-off if you fail to set color stops to the same color:

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    Typically we don't do specific file troubleshooting around here, Questions should be broad enough to assist future users as well, not just you. :) But okay.... there may be value in explaining for future visitors. Answer updated.
    – Scott
    May 17, 2018 at 5:56

There are many suggestions to this but I think none of them will get you where you want. If you intend to use this flare somewhere else you don't have to convert into a transparent object. All you need to do is copy and paste it in front of the work you intend to apply the effect and make sure that transparency mode is set to screen.

  • This seems to reference Photoshop layers more than Illustrator artwork. "Screen" doesn't work for PNGs nor printed materials.
    – Scott
    Sep 20, 2021 at 21:09
  • This works completely, kindly revisit.
    – Insighta
    Sep 20, 2021 at 21:30
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    "Screen" blending mode does not work for CMYK artwork.
    – Scott
    Apr 8, 2022 at 15:56

Asim, of course it is.

Either those elements are locked, grouped, a clipping path or a compound path.

So unlock everything. Perhaps the frame is a group onto itself and it can be removed or locked leaving everything else to be deleted.

There are two different arrow-selectors ... one selects groups, the other individual paths.


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