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Making your own plug ins.

Posted: Thu, 26th May 2005, 10:22pm

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shceZriS

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I have been trying to make my own plug ins, so far I have done everything I would need to make it perfect except that around the picture I see a black box. I was wondering what I need to do so that I see only the picture instead of the black backround I chose. Also I am using paint, tell me if I shoud use a different program.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2005, 11:22pm

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TimmyD

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For Alam DV plugins, you may not want to use MSPaint. For plugins to be transparent in the backround, i do believe that you need an Alpha Channel in the image. You can acheive this with Photoshop, of course, but you may want to look at The Gimp.

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Posted: Thu, 26th May 2005, 11:34pm

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Brettsta

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But if you make one with a black background, it can be made in a plugin with I believe selecting either add/screen/or black transparent.
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2005, 1:40am

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shceZriS

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Could you possible tell me how I could make the image transparent, like step by step. Please help me. BTW, I went and got the gimp thing.
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2005, 2:29am

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Serpent

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Umm, dude, OK, put your image into gimp. Cut out the background, make a new layer. Fill the layer with black. Then open Effects lab, go to stock media and import that file. Select add as the composite mode. Follow the userguide for needed file types, how to get around the program, etc. Alam DV2 plugins are pointless. The end render ends up bad quality and it is MUCH slower, and much harder to create a plugin. If you are making this so you can get a lightsaber under your sig, plugins are no longer accepted so you can't. There are 0 reasons why you would make an Alam DV2 plugin anymore.
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 6:57am

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Blood Diplomat

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hi i have a problem i making my plug but a have a black backgrund and i want no background what i do it (sorry i from the czech republic my english wasn't good
Posted: Tue, 11th Oct 2005, 8:40pm

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Serpent

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Ok, if it is light-based (explosions, fire, bright things) then you can key it out in your application by reading the manual (look up blending.) If it is not, then you have to physically erase the background in Photoshop and save it with the alpha channel. Most programs support TIFs and PNGs, two formats that can save transparency. Look that up in your software manual, but you aren't being specific as to what you are using. (Hope you understand)