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Questions about how to make images transparent (see-through) or adjust the level of transparency / opacity in any graphic manipulation software. An image 100% transparent will not be visible.

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Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have ...
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Replacing whiteness with transparency in Photoshop

I want to replace the whiteness in pixels with transparency in the same way as described in this question - i.e. for lighter pixels to be made proportionally as transparent. All solutions found via ...
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Transparent path/stroke fill in Illustrator

This is an odd request and something I've never had to worry about in Illustrator until now. I'm building out a logo that will be printed on a shirt. Instead of having a solid black border around the ...
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Set a stroke to knockout a fill behind it with live text in Illustrator

I'd like to be able to set the stroke of some live text to knockout a fill that is offset so it appears as a shadow with negative space between the top fill and the "shadow" fill. I can't seem to find ...
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How can I make a shape look like it is made of glass?

What are the general principles I can apply to make a shape look like it is made of glass? More specifically I want to make some simple graphics that give the impression of looking at a lens side (see ...
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Removing background not getting fully transparent image in Illustrator

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 ...
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How can I remove the white pixels around the edges when exporting a transparent GIF?

I took the loaders from xooplate.com then exported them with the help of the included action to a GIF. But I have some white pixels around the loader which are really annoying when displayed on a dark ...
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Can image transparency be calculated automatically from multiple non-transparent samples?

I'm wondering if there is a way to automatically calculate transparent image from set of non-transparent ones. No manual work with individual pixels or manual setting of opacities. Many times I need ...
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Is there an "inverse eraser" tool on Photoshop?

I have a PNG with some transparency. In PhotoPaint I have a tool "transparency brush" where I simply choose 100% opacity and the transparency is removed. In Photoshop the eraser tool only gives me ...
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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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How to punch through all the layers in Adobe Illustrator?

So I have this image as vector and a grunge image as vector: I can easily mask the grunge part from the image in Photoshop: But when I try to do this on Illustrator with pathfinder always get ...
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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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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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Sampling color of partially transparent objects in Illustrator

Sometimes when using Adobe Illustrator I need to get a range of tints from a certain color, so I'll drop the opacity to, say, 75%, 50%, and 25% on a white background to get there. It's the quickest ...
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Adobe Photoshop - How to turn text into a "hole" in a layer, so I will see the background through it.

Okay, this should be super easy to do but I just can't find the way. I have a background image with a solid colour layer on top of it, and I would like to add text on top of everything in such a way ...
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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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Inkscape for cartography: fill the background of a text

I want to produce a geographic map with Inkscape. I have cities with names. I mean I have dozens of city names. I want to fill the background of cities names with a semi transparent background so that ...
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Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could you ...
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How to remove a green/blue screen background using Photoshop CS5?

Using Photoshop CS5, i'm trying to fully remove background of a picture being shot behind a blue screen. To do this, i am using Color Range method (from Menu > Selection). It works ok for most ...
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Can I extract shadows from a texture to make a transparent image (png)?

I have this image: And I would like to extract the dark parts (shadows) to make a transparency consisting of black pixels at different alpha channel values. Here is a crude example image of what I ...
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How to create a gradient opacity mask in Illustrator

I was having an issue earlier, where I wanted to create a simulated reflection on the floor beneath a vector object made up of many smaller paths, while still maintaining full transparency of my final ...
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Why doesn't my opacity mask fully hide my object?

I've got a problem with masking. I've made an object and masked it over. The masking effect is visible, but it should go behind the object. The transparent part should be at 0% visibility, but ...
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How to fill in outlined text with transparency-to-color gradient in Illustrator

I'm trying to create a fading effect on an outlined text by adding gradient to transparency. Is it possible to do so? My idea was to create an object to overlap it, but I cannot make the object of ...
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Get difference between two images as transparent image in GIMP

I have two images A and B which are similar in many regions. I want to create an image C so that B = C on top of A where C should be as transparent as possible. on top of is the normal layer ...
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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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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 ...
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GIMP: How to apply a mask to multiple layers?

I'm new to GIMP, so I'm having trouble accomplishing the following: I want to apply the same layer mask to all of my layers without having to merge them. If this is not possible, the end result I'm ...
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Using background image as chroma key

This may be trivial, but I cannot figure out how to do it: I'm looking for a way (preferably in gimp or another open source application / plugin - I also have a rather old photoshop version) to remove ...
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How do I flatten this vector logo leaving only the visible black paths?

Hey guys I've got years of experience with Photoshop but I'm new to Illustrator. I've followed this simple tutorial to create this logo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y9unghEExw I want to ...
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What is the shortcut key for object opacity in Illustrator?

I am changing object opacity in Illustrator manually. Is there a keyboard shortcut to make an object's opacity 90%?
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GIMP transparency is not working

I followed this tutorial on GIMP to make an image transparent. Here is a snippet of the original image opened inside Windows Image Viewer (so the grey background is part of Windows Image Viewer, I ...
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How do I make a color background transparent? [duplicate]

How I can make color transparent in Photoshop? For example, I have picture of smoke, and I want to make background color (which is black) transparent. How?
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How would I remove all the white from this image? I just want the image to be the red parts

The question pretty much stated it all, I want the red parts for transparency and all the white removed from this fingerprint image.
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...
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Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent

I have an image of smoke over a black background. If I set the blending mode of this layer to screen, the image's background is perfectly edited out, however if there isn't another layer below this, ...
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Make a desaturated image transparent keeping only shadows & highlights

I've been trying to do this for a few days now and have not gotten the results I need. I'm not sure I'm using the correct terminology in the title, if not, please feel free to correct me, and I'll ...
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PNGs made in GIMP not coming out transparent

I’ve had this happen with more than one image lately. I open an image in GIMP with the purpose of making the background transparent. The first thing I do is Add Alpha Channel. I proceed to remove ...
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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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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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How to create a transparent stroke in Illustrator

I'm trying to reproduce the iPhone battery symbol. It has a gap between the fill and the stroke. I successfully managed to do it with the appearance palette, as you can see below: It works well if ...
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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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Saving Animated GIF With Transparency (Photoshop)

I am trying to save an animated GIF, but for some reason areas that are more transparent than others (e.g. the grey shadow) don't come out with opacity, they become fully grey when saved. When I save ...
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How to change white background of an gif image to transparent

I have an gif Image like example and I want to make its background transparent from white. I am an learner of Photoshop so please describe steps to do it. Currently I was trying to edit each and ...
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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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Combining transparency

A 50% opaque white object put on top of another 50% opaque white object is not anywhere near as white as a 100% opaque white object (blending mode normal). I tried this in Illustrator and Inkscape, ...
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How do I convert a black/white image so that the it has a transparency gradient (White=opaque/Black=transparent/Grey=Everything in between.)

I have a logo image which I need to make transparent for my web page. I need the black parts of the image to be transparent while the white is opaque and the greys are of various levels of ...
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Opacity problem over white object in Illustrator

I have a problem. I'm working with an object at 50% opacity. When it's over the artboard itself the color looks great, but when I put a white object behind it I get this weird color that doesn't look ...
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put partly transpared photo on top of panorama

What is it nessesary to do if I want to see just black edges from background image in image placed on top? Here are links to source images This is what I want to create: You can see there are ...
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Illustrator: Opacity Mask Makes Image Grayscale

I have text that I am trying to turn into a opacity mask, but when I do the image that I am masking turns into grayscale. Any ideas why?
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