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PostSubject: Transparency Question   Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:00 pm

So I am trying to make my micros transparent so that I can put them all together. I have followed the steps that I have read up on and I am wondering what I am doing wrong.

1. I open the image with my micro and the accessories ready to go

2. Everything is done using PNG

3. I click on Layers and the Layers Properties

4. Under "Name" is Background

5. Under "Mode" is Normal

6. I slide the arrow towards zero [opaque]

7. Here's my problem, when I do so, the image completely disappears unless I slide the image back to opaque

Thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:55 pm

Hello Irish Pride, I think first you should mention which program you're using, if Photoshop for giving you some tips, if another program (Paint for example), as I'm sure someone in the group will be happy to help you.
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:44 am

I have the newest version of Paint [Paint.Net]
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:02 am

I still use goold n' old Paint XP for microing, and Photoshop for transparency. I used to have Photofiltre installed, it was an easy way to make transparent backgrounds.

Now, if you don't feel like installing another program just to make transparent BGs, I just stumbled upon these tips:

1- Open the PNG file.

2- Use the magic wand tool to select the background.
*You might need to change the tolerance, just test it until you have a perfect selection.
**Using colored backgrounds might help. Not mandatory, but again, test it out, it won't hurt. Cool

3- Hit the Delete key. You should get a nice checkered background, which means it's transparent.

4- Save the file and voilà, it's ready for posting.

Let us know if it works, should be a useful topic for newcomers.

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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:45 am

Ok, let me try this out tomorrow. I do have an older version of Paint on my computer but it does not have the transparency option, that or I have figured. When I first started way back wjen, the Paint version I used did have the transparency option.

I will let you know how it works. Thanks for the help.
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:43 am

Older versions of Paint do not contain any transparency options. That's why I use Photoshop or photofiltre to do it. Mewer versions, I have no clue.

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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:30 pm

Ok, so I think that problem has been solved, now on to a new problem. I am currently making my first micro for my project. The micro is a PNG file. My question is when I go to add the accessories, say pants onto the micro I still have the white background. Do I have to make the accessory transparent as well? I have looked at tutorials online about how to make micros, there is not much of a selection. Are there other tutorials available?
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:41 pm

I got figured it. Thanks for your support. When uploading a micro onto this site are we able to do it directly or do we need to use something else?
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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:43 pm

As far as I know, you gotta use a image hosting site. Here's a link to a topic on the subject.

http://microheroes.forumotion.com/t10843-photobucket-tos

I'm currently using Imgur, but there are many others.

Choose a site you feel ok with, create an account, then search for the upload options. Once it's uploaded to the hosting site, copy the direct link to the image (if you xan't find it, just open the image in a new tab, then copy the url).

Then, on the comment text box here on the board, paste the link between the command [img][/img]. Once you hit send, the image shall appear on the comment.

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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:35 pm

I do it all in Paint then upload to Lunapic and save a new transparent version of the image which I then host.

It does mean doubling up but then I delete the spare copy when I'm all done.

Just means I keep all the work in one programme.


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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:47 pm

I might be confusing your problem but if your just looking to make the background transparent, you’ve already got the tools to do so.

What I do is build the micro in MS paint (saved as PNG) and once everything on the micro is finished, I paste it in Paint.net. Then just take the magic wand tool and delete the background. If you use paint.net for the whole process it should really be the same. Layers might add some confusion but the magic wand tool is your friend!

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PostSubject: Re: Transparency Question   Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:05 pm

No, you did not misunderstand. My issue was removing the white background on an accessory prior to pasting it on a micro template.
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