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My plugins have transparent alpha channel things

Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 2:38am

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DarkJedi07

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HI. Whenever I make a plug-in and put it into Paint Shop Pro, I do what I should to make an alpha channel for my plugins. I open the picture, and make a mask, and my plug-in is half transparent. ANd if I were to just make the alpha channel without the mask, the picture is still half transparent. Axemans tutorail didn't help much, and Malones didnt' either so, please help!! I'll give you some force if it helps.. Bye.
Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 6:30am

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b4uask30male

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ok this is for photoshop
first is your picture a bmp or tiff to start with, if it's a tiff then you will add another layer of alpha. ( i alway go for bmp better quality )
so you have a solid color background. ( check )

different from any color on your bmp picture.

Click the mask ( little ants,running around ) then on a drop down menu click simular, then from the same drop down click save

click the ok box that comes up.

Now if you look bottm left you will see a box with path, layers, (sorry doing this from memory ) click on these tabs till you see little eyes (should be 4.

then click to see an eye on the bottom one ( alpha )

the back ground should go black ( if it does not PM, you will need to change something )
now go to file save as ( your title ) tiff ( save as a tiff)

then when in plugger, select all the defaults.

i hope this helps.

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Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 8:01am

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malone

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Sounds likes theres a few things you could have done wrong.

1) You could have merged the mask with the picture. When it asks your meant to say no.

2) You could be creating the mask from the source luminancy. This will almost always make it fairly transparent. You want to do it from the source opacity.

3) You somehow edited your alpha channel and reduced the brightness on it. This can be useful sometimes for making things transparent.

4) You merged two alpha channels together, making them twice as transparent as they should be.

Post the .psp file and I will have a look. If you followed my tute step by step it should have been fine, make sure you didnt miss any steps
Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 11:23am

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DarkJedi07

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Ok. I will try again once and if it doesn't work, I'll send you the file. ANd, B4Uask31male, I said Paint Shop Pro, not Photoshop. I said I don't have photoshop so it doesn't help. Bye.

(I got you age right, B4Uask!!!)
Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 11:49am

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DarkJedi07

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Alright. This is for Malone... Your tutorial didn't help much because I took the image from online and you said in the tutorial to create a new raster layer and draw your image on their. I can't. And I can't create my own image because I have no way to. So, what should I do. I will post the image here and show you what it looks like (it looks a little odd because of what I did but.....l) So let me do that.

EDIT: smile smile smile smile YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

I did pretty good, but I didn't quite do it. The picture has a white background, and I put it into PSP. I then Used the MAgic Wand to outline the whole thing. I then went to SELECTIONS > MODIFY > TRANSPARENT COLOR. In there I made white the transparent color, and it only outlined my figure. So I then went to MASKS > NEW > FROM IMAGE and selected SOURCE OPACITY, changed nothing else, and hit OK. Then I didn't want test it out because I didn't have enough time, so I went up to SELECTIONS > SAVE TO ALPHA CHANNEL. The image I had was totally white, and the background was black. SO I though I did it, but noooooo.

I then saved it and it saved saying there were limitations to the file or whatever, and I was saving it as a ".tiff". I went into the pluger and made it a plug-in, and when I tried using it, it had a RED background, when it never had a red background to start with... I'm confused!!!
Posted: Tue, 15th Oct 2002, 1:14pm

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b4uask30male

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Hi
Sorry redface
i should have said
this is not just for you, i get at least 1 person a week ask about alpha and photoshop, so i put it there for them

Malone had made a excellent tutioral on Paint shop pro, so i knew it's not worth covering that.

So anyone with Photoshop use the above, ( saves you pm'ing me ) lol