Questions tagged [transparency]

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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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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In Inkscape, how do I add a white background?

Currently, the saved svg file has a white and gray checkered background, which I assume to be because the background is transparent. I am trying to make this a white background. I viewed other answers,...
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how to make a color transparent in GIMP

I realize there are a ton of questions like this, but they are all way overcomplicated for what I am trying to do. What I want to do is very simple. I want the background of my image completely ...
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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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Why does a brush with 50% opacity and 100% flow take 8 individual strokes to reach 100% opacity?

I have a simple round brush with 100% hardness, 50% opacity and 100% flow. All other brush settings are disabled (brush dynamics, transfer, etc). Since it has 50% opacity, I would expect 2 brush ...
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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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How to determine the equivalent opaque RGB color for a given partially transparent RGB color against a white background

I have found that reducing the opacity against a white background is a good way to find usable lighter and less saturated tints of a base color. As an example take this picture of an orange color: ...
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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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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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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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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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Make a selection of image transparent in GIMP [closed]

I have a picture and I want to have one specific rectangle of this picture appear 50% opaque. The rest remains as it was. How do I do this in GIMP?
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JPEG with transparent background

My client wants me to supply images for web as JPEG with transparent background. Is this possible?
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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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Transparent artboard backgrounds in Photoshop

I love the Photoshop artboard feature, however I'm used to seeing the transparent background grid. Is there any way to show this in my artboards in Photoshop? And yes, I know it will still save with ...
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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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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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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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Sketch3: export a group and keep the size of the transparent background

I have a group with a transparent rectangle as the background, I'd like to export the group, make the exported png the same size as the background rectangle. but sketch automatically trims my ...
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Why does this PNG image on twitter look different when clicked?

This morning on twitter there was a tweet with the text "click on this picture". When picture is clicked, it's opened in wider viewer, but looks completely different. I tried to analyze this picture ...
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Transparency to unpremultiplied RGB + Alpha

I have a transparent layer in Photoshop CS5 (so internally, it's most probably stored as unpremultiplied RGB component plus an alpha component per pixel). Now I want to transform this to an opaque ...
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How to make an animated gif with a transparent background without overlap?

When I try to make a gif with two frames both of which have a transparent background in GIMP, what happens is that the first frame looks OK, then the second frame appears on top of it, such that you ...
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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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Save selected portion of image in GIMP as PNG

I have an image that was masked in photoshop that I have now imported into GIMP. I would like to export only the head as a PNG with background transparency. I can successfully export the image as a ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What is an "alpha value of black"?

I'm trying to understand the following paragraph in Google's Material Design guidelines: Other elements, such as icons and dividers, also benefit from having an alpha value of black instead of a ...
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How does one turn a white background transparent in Photoshop but keep transparency?

In this image, I want to keep the drop shadow, but not the white background.
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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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Formula for finding out the result of a color after applying x% opacity to it?

I have 2 colors #a1a2a4 black (#000000) white (#ffffff) Now I need to know how much opacity (in a percent) must I apply to the second color (black) against a background of the third color (white) to ...
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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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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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Adding transparency to ink drawing

I would like to add transparency to the following image I simply want anything not inked to become transparent. I have gimp and I can also use some online tools, if available. I tried using gimp and ...
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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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Removing all partial transparency in GIMP

I have an image that has transparent edges around a main drawing, the edges are a semi-transparent black. Is there any way to remove all partial transparency from the image instead of removing all ...
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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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Transparency is lost in illustrator CS6 when I use image trace. Help!

so I'm pretty new to illustrator so sorry if this is obvious - but, I'm having troubles with the transparency of a flower image. I placed the image of the flower which has no background from a saved ...
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Make fill translucent but keep stroke opaque in Illustrator

How do I set the fill of a rectangle to be 50% opacity, but keep the stroke at full opacity? The transparency panel controls both fill and stroke. I want to set them independently.
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How do you create a translucent white background for text?

I am really struggling to create a white translucent background for text on top of an image with GIMP. Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/) has one example of what I am trying to ...
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Convert image into mask

I have a green background picture with some shadows. I would like to use it as a mask so I can place it on background with any color (e.g. red or pink) and get the same style of shadows. I tried ...
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Save a JPG without a background

I have created this image in Photoshop: Layers: I would like to save this arrow to a .jpg file without the white background rectangle. How can I achieve that? I was trying to hide the background ...
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Can I change the transparency of a selection keeping the relative transparency each part already has proportional?

I want to give the middle full opacity but let the border effect that is already existing.
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How to change all pixels in Gimp that are not one of two colors to white?

I was trying to submit an app to the Windows Phone app store. Here all pixels need to be white (#FFFFFF) or transparant (#FF####). I had a black logo on a white background. To make the background ...
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How to create a nondestructive gradient mask over an object? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a mask with a nondestructive gradient. So far I have managed to create my shape in a smart object and the masking gradient in another smart object. My mask looks like this: The ...
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