You are correct--that "checked background" is how many programs indicate transparent areas. SVG files have a transparent background. Changing the background color is not part of the SVG standard, so changing the background color in Inkscape won't carry over to the SVG file when its viewed in a browser.
There are a few ways to get a solid background color:
JPG does not allow transparent backgrounds.
The only thing you can do is have a flat color background that would blend into your website: eg. if your website background is white, then have JPGs created with a white background.
Otherwise you need to consider saving as PNG, which does allow true transparency.
Do you really need to follow the trend?
Don't ever do something because it's a trend. Do things because they're good for the user's experience because that is what's best for your company and your design. Think really hard about the implications that adding a large image to your site will have and weigh the other options you have. You don't have to use this ...
As of Photoshop CC 2015.5 you can now have artboards with transparent backgrounds.
Either create a new Artboard and select Transparent under the Background Contents menu or, if you have an existing artboard, simply select it in the layers panel, open up the properties windows and change the background with the Artboard background color dropdown. (Note that ...
Got 2 answers for you...
Select Rectangle 6 and click on make exportable, now click Create Separate Slice Layer (the little knife) and simply drag the shown image to your desktop to export it.
(The better answer) Instead of using a transparent rectangle, create an Artboard. Hit A and drag a 50x50 box. Add your star, select the Artboard and click Make ...
Yes, that would be very easy, I just opened up Gimp 2 my self and tried it out to make sure! :p Anyway, in the layers panel, right click and choose New Layer.
Then make sure you select White for the Layer Fill Type.
Now, click OK and move the new white layer to the bottom of all the current layers.
To change the layer color, select it and just paint it in ...
In short, it's easy on the eyes;
'Simply put, contrast is the difference between two colors. On a web page, the amount of contrast required varies with different parts of the page. You usually want a high contrast between text and its background color. But too high contrast between design elements might give an unsettled and messy impression. Black and ...
It's not distracting
Personally I don't think it is distracting. And white background profile pictures are ubiquitous. Especially since companies want to keep visual similarity between their team, and many staff members won't be wearing white.
Use the corporate colour scheme
The only other approach I have used quite frequently is to use a background ...
JPEG doesn't support transparency at all.
Most compatible option is to use PNG, but results in large files for photographs because it is lossless compression.
Another option is to use the new WebP file format which supports both lossless (like PNG) and lossy compression (like JPEG), and allows transparency with both. Support for WebP is relatively good ...
This probably doesn't answer your question. Some possible alternatives...
Have you considered CSS instead:
background: linear-gradient(45deg, #3d667c, #1d283e);
Or perhaps you could use the SVG base64 technique (generator tool here):
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="100%" height="100%" viewBox="0 0 1 1" preserveAspectRatio="none"><...
While the JPEG format can't handle transparency itself, it is entirely possible to have transparency using JPEGs with modern browsers. It is, however, complicated. It involves using SVG to create a clipping mask that handles the transparency. With Photoshop, you can do this with the pen tool, and then export to Illustrator, where you can convert the pen tool ...
JPEG is not a lossless compression
JPEG Compression is considered a lossy compression even when set at 100% quality you loss some quality. That's why for simple graphics such as UI interfaces and backgrounds is generally better to use a lossless format such as PNG.
200kb isn't that big in 2014/2015
While it would be idea to decrease the size of the ...
Do you really need to follow the trend?
Don't ever do something because it's a trend. Do things because they're good for the user's experience because that is what's best for your company and your design. Think really hard about the implications that adding a large video to your site will have and weigh the other options you have. You don't have to use this ...
In Photoshop, make a brush like this
Then in the Brush Settings, add the following settings
Brush Tip Shape: Spacing 10%
Shape Dynamics: Size jitter 70%
Scattering: Scatter 360%, count 2
Note: my screen recorder seems to mess up the brush cursor, so please ignore that.
There are many techniques to do this. One very simple one that I often use in practice is to use many colors on a similar palette and just generally paint them using the brush tool all over the place. It looks incredibly bad at first, until you apply the Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur to taste.
The end results is a very simple, diffused, gradient-like, ...
There are some filters available in Inkscape which can speed up complicated tasks.
For instance, i wanted to remove white background of an image to make it transparent. I used the following method / filter in Inkscape.
Select the image object.
For versions < 0.91
Go to Filters -> Transparency Utlities -> Light Eraser
For version 0.91
Go to Filters > ...
One way of doing it is to use the clone tool(). This tool basically lets you choose a source to copy from, then use it like a brush to paint the source over the destination.
To select a source, press Ctrl+Left Click with the cursor over the source, then you can begin drawing over the destination.
In this case, you have to make sure that the source is a ...
One of the most accurate, yet reasonably easy one is by using one of the (modified) RGB channels of the image as a mask:
Load your image (I'll be using one I found here) into PS, click on channels tab in color panel or if you don't see it, window > channels
Select the channel with most contrast - we ar going to use it as a mask, so focus on the edges (...
JPEG 2000 (also known as JP2) is an improved version of the original JPEG format (from 1992) that also has full support for transparency, but it has abysmal browser support (only Safari supports it).
I agree with Lucian, just use PNG, it is extremely well-supported, and there are many tools (pngcrush, optipng, pngout...) to compress files. See here for a ...
The background there is simply a radial gradient white to blue
If you want a bit more control and a smoother "fade", which is not necessarily elliptical, you can use a Gradient Mesh. Set the outer points to a color and the center point to white. Then adjust the mesh handles/points.
I have a solution that works very well for one icon at a time. Create a Photoshop brush preset.
Start with one doodled icon. Turn it into a Photoshop brush and set the brush options to scatter (spacing) and rotate (orientation) the icon to taste.
Click and drag across the screen to leave a trail of scattered 'graphics'. If you need a second set of doodle ...
Use the Appearance Panel to add a new Fill to your text object by using the "new Fill" icon at the bottom of the panel. Next, highlight this new fill when it appears in the Appearance panel and use the Effect called "Convert to Shape". You can at this point specify the amount by which you want to grow this fill, in relative or absolute modes. You will see ...
Since there is no background attribute in a text object in SVG, you'd need to use another method, such as drawing a filled rectangle under the text, however as you say that's inconvenient as you'd have to resize the rectangle every time you type a name that's shorter or longer.
One method is to use an SVG filter applied to some text to create a box around ...
Open image in Photoshop
Go to Filters > Other > Offset
Adjust vertical offset so that the image seam is in the middle of the image
Use the liquify tool to seamlessly connect the ribbons together
Consider trimming all excess whitespace, and use background-size: contain instead
More info on the background-size property
Check and see that you are showing the transparency grid in Illustrator. View > Show Transparency Grid. Perhaps the transparency is there and you are not seeing because of Illustrator's default white "canvas".
You may want to Place your .psd or .png file instead of opening it directly. This would especially be the case if you are using the image as part of a ...
There are lots of rules of thumb you could follow when picking colors! Here is a great post if you'd like a crash course in color theory and color relationships.
The main takeaway:
Color relationships are set methods of choosing colors that relate in
some way to each other and look good together... There are seven color
relationships: monochrome, ...