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How to make this Transparent and Put on Dark Background

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Old 08-21-2006, 03:00 AM
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How to make this Transparent and Put on Dark Background

Hello all!

I have been driving myself crazy trying to make the attached .gif transparent and placed onto a dark background. I am using Paint Shop Pro 6. No matter what I do, the edges are all jagged and white.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to make this work?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 08-21-2006, 07:47 AM
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Just turn your layer mode to multiply.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:52 AM
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Since it is black with a perfectly white background you could use it as a layer mask or alpha channel.

Open the gif image. Create a new layer and fill it with whatever color you want. I'd recommend a lighter color since it's going on a dark background.

I'm not familiar with PaintShop Pro, but in Photoshop I'd tell you to add a layer mask to your new color layer and then copy and paste the gif layer into the mask, then invert the colors, making the background black and the logo white. Turn off or hide the gif layer. You should now have a transparent version of the gif image in the color of your choice.

If you're going to use it on the web, save the image out as a new gif image with transparency. If you have the option to specify a matte color, choose the average color of the background it will be appearing on. The gif itself may look a little jaggy, but should look just fine on the web page.

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Old 08-21-2006, 07:56 AM
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It is something to do with File/Export/Gif Optimizer...try using the wizard. I have PSP9. I haven't done it in a while though.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:04 AM
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Hi there

Not sure if this is the effect you are looking for but a simple way to get rid of the white is to use a threshold adjustment to convert any gray to black. Then use the magic wand

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Old 08-22-2006, 06:34 AM
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welcome to RP!!

In my opinion, the easiest (and cleanest) way to do this, is what KR1156 said... meaning, playing with the Layers' blending... no selections and no masks!!!

I work with Photoshop, but I think you can do the same in PSP ...

First, you should change the mode of your original from 'Index' to 'RGB'...

...if you want to put your logo on a black background, the easiest way is to duplicate the background and 'invert' the duplicate ... (a negative copy of your original...) (attachment 1)

If you'd rather use colours or a different background, here is what to do:

  • Working with the original version
    • Duplicate your background
    • Change the blending of the duplicate to Multiply
    • Create a new empty Layer between background and duplicate
    • Fill the empty layer with the colour of your choice
  • Working with the inverted version
    • Same procedure as with the original ... but change the blending of the duplicate to Screen
(attachment 2)

The different results in (attachments 3, 4)

You can use a gradient to fill the empty layer in between or put a completely different background ... (attachment 5) (a zoom in so you can see how accurate and clean the result is...)
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File Type: jpg SNAP-121.jpg (96.4 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg SNAP-122.jpg (55.0 KB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg SNAP-123.jpg (62.7 KB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg SNAP-124.jpg (76.6 KB, 19 views)
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:47 AM
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Transparent on Dark

Blending is definitely the way to go. I would alos try the Darken blend mode. Anything that is white will effectively become transparent. What ever is left will be the resulting color if it is darker than the background color. So this blend mode is perfect when the top layer has black objects on a white background.
Regards, Murray
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