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Old 10-20-03, 07:51 PM
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making pictures with transparent backgrounds?

im using photoplus 5.5 and im trying to create pictures with transparent backgrounds, so that when i put them on a webpage, they just nicely go on whatever background im using.

but when i do that, then i save the picture (.jpg), it automatically makes the background white so it looks ugly on a webpage with a nonwhite background.

how do i keep the background clear?
Old 10-20-03, 07:56 PM
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I don't believe JPGs support transparency.

GIF does, though.
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so if i save it as a GIF itll stay transparent?
Old 10-20-03, 11:13 PM
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Originally posted by atari2600
so if i save it as a GIF itll stay transparent?
Yes as long as the layer under the image is transparent. Does that program support layers?
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I used Paint Shop Pro 7 to create transparent GIFs for V3 of my site. Worked a treat!
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damn...it doesnt let me save as GIFs.

divxguy: is paint shop pro 7 a free program? where did you get it?
Old 10-21-03, 01:27 PM
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Unfortunately, Paint Shop Pro isn't free. However, if you're willing to put forth the effort, The GIMP and Pixia are both free and should support transparent GIFs.

Good luck.
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why do you say put forth the effort? the effort in what? is it harder to download? is it a more difficult program to use?
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I can't personally speak on the "ease of use" of each program but it was my intention to warn you about the possibility of having to learn new programs for this purpose. However, from what I've read about them, if you do find them useful, you may indeed discover other features/capabilities that may be comparable to Paint Shop Pro.

Good luck
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GIMP can be a good program. You should put aside some time just to play around with it before you actually use it for something.

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