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« on: April 08, 2007, 08:27:21 PM »

So, a couple days ago i started posting all this stuff, basically like: tell me what to do. Derek kindly informed me that wasn;t the way to go about things, so for the last couple of days, i have spent reading ancient texts full of wisdom (mainly at garagegames, which was supremely helpful) SO, in conclusion, i have only one question:

I am not a pixel artist, but like to post our latest work on my website. HOW on EARTH do i get rid of that hideous white background that borders the pixel peice (made in MS paint usually)?!

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2007, 10:43:21 PM »

Uh you mean make the background transparent? MSPaint doesn't do that. You need a program that can save .gifs with transparency. Or maybe alpha .pngs, but I don't know anything about those.
Is that what you're asking?
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2007, 11:06:36 PM »

YESSSS haha i know, random question, considering my previous questions, but yes, how do i make the background transparent? I have photoshop, if that helps...
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2007, 04:02:12 AM »

ok, on way to do it is this. open your bmp in photoshop

set image mode to rgb

select the background colour by using the magic wand/0 tolerance/contiguous (or non-contiguous if you have a unique bg colour which you should)

invert selection

right click, layer via cut

hide the background layer

save as GIF/PNG.

there's probably an easier way though Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007, 04:05:12 AM »

I can usually just pull it off by copying from Paint, pasting into a Photoshop document (making a new layer), delete the background layer, then choose to "Save for Web" and make sure one of options there say to have transparency on. I think it's a checkbox, but it could be a rolldown list.

Sorry, I don't have PS right now.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:41:25 AM »

Tile Studio can do this for you quite easily (assuming it is pixel work, otherwise use something a little more powerful) Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2007, 12:29:09 AM »

Tile Studio can do this for you quite easily (assuming it is pixel work, otherwise use something a little more powerful) Tongue



Big, powerful, expensive, and slow.  And a bad Photoshopping for good measure.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2007, 07:23:38 AM »

haha tight. alright, thanks fellas, that's what i was looin for...
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2007, 09:01:36 AM »

Big, powerful, expensive, and slow.  And a bad Photoshopping for good measure.

Photoshop is slow?  Huh?
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2007, 09:57:14 AM »

I find CS2 to be a huge memory hog. I prefer using Corel Photopaint v12, which has served my needs quite well (I can replicate almost anything done in PS, except proper rgb channels handling :/), and is *way* faster.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2007, 09:59:11 AM »

Photoshop is absolutely brutal on my Macbook, to be fair. The whole thing starts thrashing if I try to run Photoshop.

Runs pretty smoothly on my PC, though, but it has three gigs of ram.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2007, 10:54:40 AM »

right right but we're talking pixel art here, no? I mean, when I build textures at high res, ya it can get kinda rough, but for pixel art I can't imagine the strain is similar.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2007, 01:06:37 PM »

Yeah, I'm just picking on it's legacy (crazy slow startup).  It's probably not too bad by today's standards, with a modern PC that is. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2007, 10:57:09 PM »

Photoshop is absolutely brutal on my Macbook, to be fair. The whole thing starts thrashing if I try to run Photoshop.

Runs pretty smoothly on my PC, though, but it has three gigs of ram.
CS2 runs pretty poorly on Intel machines because it's not Universal... the CS3 beta just purrs on this box.
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2007, 07:43:33 AM »

yea, not gonna lie there, CS3 is shaping up to be a realy nice piece os software..  Tongue

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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2007, 09:19:12 AM »

You can also download IrfanView, copy paste from paint, Save As, pick Gif, tick the "Pick transparent color while saving", and save as .gif

Much faster Tongue

(Irfanview is very cool for other number of reasons as well )
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2007, 04:40:07 PM »

Just use Graphics Gale, man.

It's good enough for pixel art.

And let's not get things all mixed up. I would rather call 'Invisible color' to the color you choose in a .GIF to be replaced for the background. Because 'Transparent color' is like the alpha channel (Also known as 'transparency') that can be used on .PNG files, it's a color that modifies the background colors, yet you can see through it.
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2007, 05:59:42 PM »

Dont blame for that, I just used the same term used on irfanview Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2007, 08:33:12 AM »

yea, that irfanview method is pretty simple... i think i'm gonna go with that from now on... thanks!
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