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Transparency in a gif

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I need to create a GIF, that incorporates a gradual fade to transparency. (The gif is a dividing line, that starts opaque and then fades to transparent.)

So far, I can create the required effect in CorelDraw 8, but which I export it as a GIF, it loses the transparency and fades to white rather than transparent. It there any way of creating this effect?

I have the latest Corel suite (Draw, PhotoPaint etc), PhotoShop, PaintShop Pro, and some other bits and bobs as well.

Any suggestions?

dan
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Try Photoshop as follows,

1) new image, transparent background
2) new layer, spray attachment and spray white with a lessening opacity as you move from the edge.
3) save as gif98a

Cheers - MorFF
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Hi MorFF,

Thanks for your suggstions, but could you go into a bit more detail. I tried your answer, but when I imported the gif into the end publication (RoboHTML) it was not transparent. Maybe I missed something?

Thanks

Dan

p.s. Would exporting as a jpg help? Is there some restriction to the gif format that prevent transparent effects?
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Dan,

You can't do transparency with a jpg.  Should work as above, stick your email on and i'll send you a photoshop example.

MorFF
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OK, I confess I don't know much about graphics, I'm really a programmer who's been told to do this as a sideline project.

My email is furseda@peltd.co.uk

Thanks MorFF

Dan
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by:FaffMan
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Thanks for the files. Actually, I managed to create a gif with the effect I wanted in CorelXARA, but your solution worked, so you get your points.

Thanks for your help.

Dan

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