transparent background on desktop?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Carrie, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Carrie

    Carrie Guest

    I got the idea of making a transparent background (save for web- gif)
    around a picture with a drop shadow on it. This worked in PS CS3 but when I
    set it on my desktop it has a heavy white border around the shadow.
    I googled this and apparently one can have a transparent image on the
    desktop with Win XP (I have) but with Win 7 it changes it to a jpeg and
    fills it in white (I think the work around for this would be to make the
    back ground of the picture the exact same color as the desktop background,
    but that's another version and doesn't relate) I could do that with mine,
    too, but I'd like to keep it transparent, if possible.
    How it started, picture and transparent background with drop shadow.

    http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa455/starchild_dreams3/kitties_setup.jpg

    Saving for web keeping it transparent? It has the transparancy box checked
    and under it "no transparency" but those settings didn't seem to relate.
    http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa455/starchild_dreams3/saveForWeb.jpg

    On the desktop (backgroun is grey) there's a whte border around the shadow.
    Not a big deal, I just had it pictured as looking like a "real" shadow under
    the picture. I suppose if my desktop was white it would be okay.

    http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa455/starchild_dreams3/kitties_desktop-1.jpg

    If I'm going to have borders around it, I'll use PSDude's action that makes
    it look like 2 photos (one tilted) he posted around back (and I use quite a
    bit) I think the original background on that is transparent (or maybe the
    layer is just locked) that might look good on the desktop.

    I love the kitten picture, someone posted it on face book and don't know
    the source or the original.
     
    Carrie, Mar 17, 2012
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  2. Carrie

    Voivod Guest

    Liar.
     
    Voivod, Mar 17, 2012
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  3. try saving as png 24
     
    david johnson, Mar 18, 2012
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  4. Carrie

    Carrie Guest

    Perfect! Also, regular png works too.
    Think I need to look up and review the different file types PS uses and
    what they do. I've just kind of stuck with jpg and gif (habit)
     
    Carrie, Mar 18, 2012
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  5. gif only uses 256 colours.

    you could have 256 colours of shade to get the drop shadow effect

    you can mess with the transparency dithering, personally i don't think
    it is clean enough end product though
     
    david johnson, Mar 19, 2012
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  6. Carrie

    Carrie Guest

    I have been using png and trying it out now. I mainly wanted it to be on my
    desktop with a shadow under it, like it was just "there" directly on the
    background.

    http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa455/starchild_dreams3/appreciate.png
     
    Carrie, Mar 19, 2012
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  7. Carrie

    Trevoc

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    Have you tried going into Layer Styles and adjusting the shadow distance?

    Why use GIF when you can do better with PNG?

    I'm not sure if I am correct or not, but it would seem that if you use an action to create your transparency, you might be doing what someone else created for you and you may want to create your own transparency and then make it into an action.
     
    Trevoc, Jul 3, 2012
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