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Transparent Sigs/etc

Bman

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#1
I'm doing pretty good as a Graphic Designer, I know how to do this and that etc, you know everything I pretty much need to know, execpt one thing. If you look at my sig, its kinda scrachy and messed up at the edges. This is because I don't know how to save, or make a proper transparent file. I make what I want, and then I saved it as Gif, and this is howit turns out.....
 

Grandmaster

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#2
Go to "Save for Web" and choose "Gif" as your format. Then you want to tick the box that says "Transparency". Then click on "Matte" and choose the color of the background of forum posts, which would be #f5f5ff.

Basically with the "matte", photoshop takes your image and adds some "f5f5ff" around the edges, so that it appears to be transparent, when it infact its just the same color as the background. So it's an illusion. By default its white, and that's why the corners on your sig are white, and therefore jaggy.

Alternatively you could just save it as a PNG and screw all the IE users.

P.S. The "I know pretty much everything" attitude is bad :p
 

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Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#3
So there is no real way, if u want it nice and smooth, to have it transparent for all sites the same.... lol
 

Grandmaster

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#4
Bman™ said:
So there is no real way, if u want it nice and smooth, to have it transparent for all sites the same.... lol
There is. You can use PNGs. But then you face the problem of IE not being able to display PNGs properly. Which means 90% of the Internet won't be able to see your image properly.

So there is a way, but due to some ****ty code in IE, it doesn't work as its supposed to.
 

Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#5
lol, alright I'll remember that...screw IE users lmao (unless you are one)

Thanks alot man, I have finally figured out web images now!
 

kcnychief

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#8
Very good info ideed GM, reps coming :)

EDIT: Have to spread it around, sigh :(

I have a list of people I owe rep to, I'll add you to it ;)
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#9
Grandmaster you are the man. I have been trying to figure something like that out for a while now; as transparency don't work well for me either.
 

gonaads

Beware the G-Man
Political User
#11
There is a reason I use png as my Sig format. :rolleyes:

*In a very low wisper* I use Firefox and Mozilla.

*In a very loud voice* IE? IE!? I don't need no stinkin IE.

Maybe IE 7 can handle the png truth. :p


But if you really want to stick with gif images then ya have to edit them after ya save them. Blow them up big and fill in the shiitty spots. But ya don't always get them all. And it don't always works. :(
 

kcnychief

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#18
kcnychief said:
Very good info ideed GM, reps coming :)

EDIT: Have to spread it around, sigh :(

I have a list of people I owe rep to, I'll add you to it ;)
Finally was able to throw some rep at you GM. I went on a spree of giving people some rep this morning, now I'm exhausted ;)
 

Autocrosspicturesnet

OSNN One Post Wonder
#19
A "poorman's" way to make a gif with true transparency is to use MS Photo Editor. It came as part of all versions of Office before Office 2003. It has a really easy to use transparency tool, you just click the color you want transparent and presto, it becomes invisible. You can even select "% values" near to the color you selected to be included. And, you can select as many different colors as you want. I use it as a quick way to strip a specific color(s) or range of a color(s) from an image before I use it. I also use it to quickly add transparency to the frames of the animated gifs I create. As in:


Plus, gifs (both static and animated) with transparency work in IE.:)
 

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