transparent background not transparent

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by puzzlebean, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. puzzlebean

    puzzlebean Guest

    I know what a lousy beginning photoshop question this is, but I'm
    getting frustrated so I'll throw it out to the experts...

    I made a transparent background on my image in photoshop. It's a black
    line drawing filled with white, and surrounding it is the transparent
    checkerboard. So that part is good to go, but when I place the image
    in Pagemaker, it's not transparent at all. The background is showing up
    as white.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Just please don't call me an
    idiot.
     
    puzzlebean, Jun 28, 2006
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  2. AFAIK, transparency would only work IF saved as gif89.
     
    Sir F. A. Rien, Jun 28, 2006
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  3. puzzlebean

    Waldo Guest

    Maybe the preview of Pagemaker does not show transparency. I don't know
    Pagemaker, but InDesign handles transparency of PSD files correctly.

    Waldo
     
    Waldo, Jun 28, 2006
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  4. puzzlebean

    Kielipuoli Guest

    Which file format are you using? Only PSD, TIFF, PNG and GIF support
    transparency.

    I've never used PageMaker, but in InDesign you can also make a white
    background disappear by choosing Object > Clipping Path > Detect edges.
     
    Kielipuoli, Jun 28, 2006
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  5. puzzlebean

    edjh Guest

    I don't know if Pagemaker supports transparency of any kind, but why do
    you need it to be transparent? Can you incorporate whatever background
    you have in Pagemaker into the graphic itself?
     
    edjh, Jun 28, 2006
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  6. puzzlebean

    tacit Guest

    Yes, that is correct.

    Pagemaker does not support transparency. You can not place a transparent
    image in Pagemaker and preserve the transparency.

    The best that you can do in PageMaker is use a clipping path. Use the
    Pen tool to draw a path around the part of the image which should be
    opaque, save the path in the Paths palette, and in the Paths palette
    flyout menu set the path as a clipping path. Save the image as an EPS
    file and bring the EPS into PageMaker.

    This kind of transparency is always hard-edged and is "all or
    nothing"--you can not have parts of the image be semi-transparent.

    Of course, PageMaker is a dead product that was abandoned many years
    ago. Adobe InDesign, a modern page layout program that is still
    supported, allows you to place transparent TIFF and PSD files with no
    difficulty.
     
    tacit, Jun 28, 2006
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