Transparent Images

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Hello
You run a great help site and service. It is much appreciated.
I need to have a transparent image overlay a drawing. I have found that JPG are
not suitable (says Photoshop). I can import an image BMP , GIF or other and make
it transparent with the selection under the Insert menu. However when it overlays
the drawing it is not transparent although sections of the drawing can be highlighted
when the cursor moves over the images.
I have used this facility some time ago in earlier versions with success. Maybe
I have forgotten how?
I would appreciate your comments.
Thanks
Geoff
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Re: Transparent Images

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Geoff.
Right mouse click on the border of the image in the drawing.
Click on Properties.
In the general tab of the Image Properties dialog check "Use transparent
color".
Click on the "Pick Color" button.
Click in the white area of the image to set white as the transparent color.
Click OK.
White should be transparent.
Regards,
Rick B.

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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Geoff.
>Right mouse click on the border of the image in the drawing.
>Click on Properties.
>In the general tab of the Image Properties dialog check "Use transparent
>color".
>Click on the "Pick Color" button.
>Click in the white area of the image to set white as the transparent color.
>Click OK.
>White should be transparent.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>

Ricky, I picked up on this thread because I often import or copy/paste .jpg images
(clip art) into SE and wished many times that they were transparent. However, when
I tried your suggestion, I clicked on the .jpg image and got the Properties Diaglog.
I pressed the Use Transparent Color and than Pick Color. The curson turned into
a little pen when I moved it over the preview image window. I selected White.
But the sample color window remained Black. It remained Black regardless of where
I clicked.
Thanks,
Ron
Ronald W Latour

Re: Transparent Images

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Ron,
I don't know about the preview remaining black.
But, make sure that the color you are clicking on is a flat color, not a
gradient color.
A gradient color will actually change aver an area.
A simple test is to create an image of a drawing and insert it into another
drawing.
The sheet should be a flat color.
Regards,
Rick B.

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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Ron,
>I don't know about the preview remaining black.
>But, make sure that the color you are clicking on is a flat color, not a
>gradient color.
>A gradient color will actually change aver an area.
>A simple test is to create an image of a drawing and insert it into another
>
>drawing.
>The sheet should be a flat color.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>

Ricky, thanks. But what is a "flat" color mean?
Ronald W Latour

Re: Transparent Images

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Hi Ricky
I, like Ron, don't understand the process. In Photoshop I stripped away all the
central detail and saved it with a transparent background. The image shows only
the parts that are of interest to me. When I insert the image and click on transparent
colour, the Black box does not change irrespective of where I click in the image
(even in the flat white part) and when imported, the image appears as it was in
the first email I sent to you. After it is imported and I "select all", by whatever
means, the underlying image shows through in red but as soon as the cursor is moved
the red selections are cancelled.
Still trying
Regards
Geoff

"Ronald W Latour" wrote:
>
>"Ricky Black" wrote:
>>Ron,
>>I don't know about the preview remaining black.
>>But, make sure that the color you are clicking on is a flat color, not a

>
>>gradient color.
>>A gradient color will actually change aver an area.
>>A simple test is to create an image of a drawing and insert it into another
>>
>>drawing.
>>The sheet should be a flat color.
>>
>>Regards,
>>Rick B.
>>
>>

>Ricky, thanks. But what is a "flat" color mean?
>Ronald W Latour
>

Re: Transparent Images

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Hi Ricky
Image showing the white/trandparent section in black. No change occurs irrespective
of where I click on the Image.
Cheers
Geoff
"Geoff Burford" wrote:
>
>
>
>Hi Ricky
>I, like Ron, don't understand the process. In Photoshop I stripped away all
>the
>central detail and saved it with a transparent background. The image shows
>only
>the parts that are of interest to me. When I insert the image and click on
>transparent
>colour, the Black box does not change irrespective of where I click in the
>image
>(even in the flat white part) and when imported, the image appears as it
>was in
>the first email I sent to you. After it is imported and I "select all", by
>whatever
>means, the underlying image shows through in red but as soon as the cursor
>is moved
>the red selections are cancelled.
>
>Still trying
>Regards
>Geoff
>
>
>"Ronald W Latour" wrote:
>>
>>"Ricky Black" wrote:
>>>Ron,
>>>I don't know about the preview remaining black.
>>>But, make sure that the color you are clicking on is a flat color, not a

>>
>>>gradient color.
>>>A gradient color will actually change aver an area.
>>>A simple test is to create an image of a drawing and insert it into another
>>>
>>>drawing.
>>>The sheet should be a flat color.
>>>
>>>Regards,
>>>Rick B.
>>>
>>>

>>Ricky, thanks. But what is a "flat" color mean?
>>Ronald W Latour
>>
>

Re: Transparent Images

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Geoff,
I have attached an example. I installed V100 because I didn't know what
version you are running.
Move the image around on the drawing.
With the Insert Image dialog open I did the following.
1. Specified the file.
2. Clicked "Use transparent color". This enables the "Pick Color" button.
The color is currently black.
3. Click the "Pick Color" button.
4. In the display window of the dialog I clicked in the white area away from
any other color.
The color changed to white.
5. I clicked OK and then placed the image.
Think of color as being a single color per pixel in the image.
A gradient color is a mixture of colors made by multiple colors being side
by side in each pixel.
A flat color is a single color across a wide range of pixels.
Regards,
Rick B.


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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Geoff,
>I have attached an example. I installed V100 because I didn't know what
>version you are running.
>Move the image around on the drawing.
>With the Insert Image dialog open I did the following.
>1. Specified the file.
>2. Clicked "Use transparent color". This enables the "Pick Color" button.
>
>The color is currently black.
>3. Click the "Pick Color" button.
>4. In the display window of the dialog I clicked in the white area away from
>
>any other color.
> The color changed to white.
>5. I clicked OK and then placed the image.
>
>Think of color as being a single color per pixel in the image.
>A gradient color is a mixture of colors made by multiple colors being side
>
>by side in each pixel.
>A flat color is a single color across a wide range of pixels.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.


Ricky, heres what I get. Its only partially transparent. See site:
http://screencast.com/t/ZTk3NTBiYWUt
Ron
Ron

Ronald W Latour

Re: Transparent Images

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Ron,
Send the image to me.
It looks like you only have two colors in the image.
Either black or white will be transparent.
Rick