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using backgrounds that didn't come with PhotoKey 2 Lite

Posted: Thu, 29th Apr 2010, 3:04am

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FXhomer109311

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I bought PhotoKey 2 Lite and wanted to use some new backgrounds. I saw some digital backgrounds for sale on ebay. They come in psd template format. Can my software run these file types? There is another fole type called tif. Will that one work as well?
Posted: Thu, 29th Apr 2010, 5:14am

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Axeman

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TIFF will work for sure, as all the backdrops offered by FXhome are in TIFF format.

PSD files are not compatible with PhotoKey, but you can use most any image editor to convert them to a format that is, such as TIFF, PNG or JPEG.
Posted: Sun, 9th Oct 2011, 5:34am

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FXhomer108825

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if you convert them, would this mess with the layering? As in, something in psd format that is meant to be an element or 'overlay' you can add, once converted to tiff will become like a solid background and no longer function as an overlay?
Posted: Sun, 9th Oct 2011, 6:40am

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Biblmac

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Yes it will ruin that function.

Gimp, a free image editor, can open up a psd (which is a photoshop document) and can save each individual layer with a transparency so you can create the elements yourself. Quick tutorial on how to do this after installing gimp.

Step 1First import the .psd file by opening it in gimp.

Step 2Next make sure you have your "layers" dialog open. In order to make sure it is open go to "Windows" > "Dockable Dialogs" > "Layers" or hit Ctrl + D.

Step 3Once you've done that click the eye icon next to the layer you want to disappear. Remove all but one layer.

Step 4Save it as a tiff. Choose "None" for your compression level.

Step 5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 with all layers.

At this point you are now ready to import them as individual layers into Photokey

If anything is unclear feel free to reply or pm me. If you need, I can create a video tutorial. Let me know!

Have a wonderful day/night!

-Biblmac
Posted: Sun, 9th Oct 2011, 11:09am

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FXhomer108825

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thank you for the info! I was sitting here feeling rather lost, I don't have photoshop, so I was hoping there was a way I could access layered backdrops without having to buy it and try and figure it out. You're a life saver smile
Posted: Mon, 10th Oct 2011, 3:07am

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Axeman

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For the record, you can absolutely save the layers with transparency from Photoshop as well, to any format that supports alpha channels, including TIFF and PNG. But GIMP is a great free option, if you don't have Photoshop. Thanks for the instructions, Biblmac.
Posted: Mon, 10th Oct 2011, 4:59am

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Biblmac

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Axeman wrote:

For the record, you can absolutely save the layers with transparency from Photoshop as well, to any format that supports alpha channels, including TIFF and PNG. But GIMP is a great free option, if you don't have Photoshop. Thanks for the instructions, Biblmac.
Ah yes, my bad Axeman, I went under the assumption that he/she didn't have photoshop. If he/she did have photoshop then you are correct. I really shouldn't assume, although I lucked out and was on the money this time, I may not always be so lucky.
Posted: Mon, 10th Oct 2011, 5:16am

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FXhomer108825

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Nope, no photoshop