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    making a background transparent

    how do i make the background of my picture transparent?
    my picture is in .gif or .jpg format and i wish to make the background transparent. The background is not quite all the same colour and some of the background contributes to the picture (its in the middle of it and needs to be left). Also the pic is a scan of a cotton badge.

    any ideas?
    I have photodraw version 2, corel photo house 5 and professor franklins instant photo effects.

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    I have never come across them

    If you have Microsoft Office - which most people that own computers do have, you can use Microsoft Photo Editor, which comes free with it.

    Your file will need to be either a gif or a png format - jpg files do not support transparencies - they are just made white.

    Open the gif file up and click on the "Set Transparent Color" - next to an image of the sun - or go to "Tools->Set Transparent Color". Click on the colour(s) you want to make transparent and then save.


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    I'm not familiar with those programs, but I would think that they come with a help section that would tell you.

    Note that jpg can't have transparent backgrounds, only png and gif can.

    The image from the way you describe it may be difficult to make transparent. If you want sent it to me and I can have a go at it.

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    ionsurge nice suggestion i tried that, but as the colour exists in the middle of the picture aswell it removes it.

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    In IE you can use the alpha filter to change the opacity of an image. However, I think it has to be in a container that is absolutely positioned and dimensioned (sized), or something like that.

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    Your right eggman, you can use filter:alpha(opacity=80);
    inside a div or span. This only works for IE.

    Check
    http://www.frankthoms.freeservers.com/sample
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    ps

    If you want it to work in NN, I have been told that

    -moz-opacity: 0.80;

    will work.

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    sounds some nice ideas, but i need to apply it to the background of the image only.

    thanks so far.
    i have attached the file for people to take a look.

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    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails making a background transparent-flogo.gif  
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    Ahh...
    I'm terrible at graphics, but when I want to change the background color of an image to transparent, I just use MS Paint. It's easy (except in XP) but changes the image's colors though (.gif). I'm sure other paint programs would do better.

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    I have made the image transparent.

    I didn't spend more then a minute on it so it's a bit choppy around the edges, but it may point you in the right direction with the programs you have.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails making a background transparent-flogo_tranparent.gif  

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    Frank, that is pretty good how did you do that? any chance you could say, so i can perfect it.

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    Since I don't know how to use the programs you mentioned I can't explain how to do it.

    I however open it in Macromedia Fireworks changed the image type to gif, the transparency to Alpha, and selected the background with the magic wand tool and deleted it, and exported it as a gif.

    You may want to download a copy of PaintShop Pro it's good at doing all sorts of great image modifications including transparent backgrounds. It has a free trial period, not to much money to buy and good help files.

    Hope that helps

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    .png transparency isnt currentmy supported using IE although you could use this: http://webfx.eae.net/dhtml/pngbehavior/pngbehavior.html

    quality wise i prefer pngs to gif

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    Can Corel House 5 support a photoshop image? I can make it 'layered' so that you would be able to manipulate the outline of the badge...
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