I'm in the process of creating my name in Photoshop, but I have a problem.

I type in my name. I use the "free transform" to scale to the size that I want. I make sure that the "anti-aliasing" is set to smooth.

I then go into File > Save for Web. I make sure that it'll save the file in the GIF format and save to my desktop.

Then open the image that I saved. It opens in the default image program for Apple computers and come to find out there is some type of white outline around my name.

How to I remove the white outline?

If you would like to see pictures of what I'm specifically talking about, please let me know.

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Gif just supports 1-bit transparency. That means that a pixel is either transparent, or a color. So all the antialiasing is being exported as a mix between the text color and the background color (or white). Use a 24-bit png, that will allow you to have transparency levels.

  • Thats right, this time I use only .png!
    – erikcslo
    Jun 27, 2015 at 7:42

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