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A Thank You and a Saving question...

A Thank You and a Saving question...

(OP)
First I want to send out a thank you to Attrofy for hid indepth, professional and accurate help.  I have learned so much about Photo-Paint the past 2 weeks, but I will tell you it is not easy.  Not from my standpoint, I will stick with the net-admin stuff, Again Thanks Russell.

new question....  I have my tank done to the point that I am happy with it, got it outlined with no background(mountains).  I have saved it as a .jpg, .gif and .cpt.  The issue now is when I save it as a .jpg for the web page, I get a warning that says "Objects will be merged with background in exported file"  Thats fine, As Attrofy stated that would happen, so I copied the file and opend a new image and selected no background and away I went, converted to .jpg and same thing.  so... am I missing something here?  All I want is just the image, not the image and background/whitepace, just the tank outline, possibale?

Thanks,

Bill

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

Save it as a .GIF, and the last dialogue box will ask you if you want to select a transparency color - one part of the image that has a particular color (say a purple background) that will allow the background color to disapear and become a transparent background.  It can also use masked portions of your image.  So say you finish your tank, and use the laso mask tool, you will have the tanks masked, and nothing else.  Now when you arrive at the transparency dialogue box, it will ask if you want to use the Mask as a transparency.  You can invert the mask so that the non-masked portion shows the transparency.

The reason it merges all objects with the background is that it can't save "pieces" of your image (also known as "channels").  It has to put everything on the same layer.  THis is part of the nature of gif & jpeg images.

HTH,
RUssell

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

(OP)
Russell.  Thanks for that however I could not get it to work.  I opened the image up with photo-paint, it is a .CPT file.  I selected Save As, Named the file Tank1 with file type to save as .GIF.  I get the warning message, say Ok.  Then the Convert to Paletted dialog box comes up, I look at it but change nothing and just hit Ok.  Then it goes through a saving bar and then brings up the GIF Export Dialog box.  Here my only choices to pick from under Transparency is None or Image Color.  The Masked Area and invert Mask is grayed out so can not select them.  So....  I say ok and I get the .Gif image but it still has the white background and not just the image.  So I open it back up and using the Lasso Mask Tool, I lasso the puppy, it then shows the tank with "moving Outline" then I go through the above steps again and still no luck.  Am I missing something here or off my rockers on what I am trying to do?

Thanks,

Bill

It's not a problem...It's just a Blood Pressure Monitor

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

All the steps above are correct, except you need to convert the image to palletted before exporting as GIF (Image-> Color Mode-> Palletted (8 Bit)...).  I don't remember having to do this in previous versions.  I could be remembering wrong.

HTH, good luck.
Russell

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

(OP)
Have tried everything, still no luck.  I give.

Thanks,

Bill

It's not a problem...It's just a Blood Pressure Monitor

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

Have you tried it by setting the color to some obscure color (like blue or red) and then selecting that color to be the transparent color?

RE: A Thank You and a Saving question...

(OP)
Yes.  The problem is that I have no choice to select the Masked Area or Invert Mask selection, they are grayed out.  Everything works fine up to this point.

It's not a problem...It's just a Blood Pressure Monitor

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