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How to change non TP to TP

Posted on 2000-03-03
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This is for Forkbeard.  I still need help, and I'm sure you can help me.
I think you assumed I know more than I do.  When I said I can do TP's from scratch, I do them and they are fine, but I don't do much with layers. I got as far as using the magic wand to select it and then delete it, but you said something about "naming it" and I didn't know what you meant.

When I tried to flatten the layers, it was all grayed out, so I knew I was doing something wrong.  If you could, could you please take me A. B. C.,
from the beginning, telling me each step, kind of write it out for me, because it's like giving directions to where you live to someone who's never been there before, if you leave a little thing out, it will confuse them, and that's what happened.  Oh, I use 5.0, too, btw.

However, I will say this, I got further than I did before.  

But I had trouble on all levels.  When you said fill the bg with a blue or red,
well, the colors, indexed colors, did not have those colors, so I changed the colors to RBG and maybe went wrong there.

I really would appreciate the ABC treatment, as this is very important to me
as I'm working on a big Web Site for a paying client.

Thank you for your hard work.

Joy Angela
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Sorry about the confusion... I'll slow things down a little bit.

Here are more precise steps to cutout a section of an image and then to convert it into a Transparent Background.


1) Open your file and check what mode it is.  To properly edit you need to change it to RGB if it is not already there.  ( Menu Bar:Image:Mode:RGB )

2) Make sure the Layer Palette window is open and there should only be one layer.  If it says Background you need to double click on it and a pop up window appears.  It will ask you to name the layer.  It is not important what you name it and just click "OK".  This will change the document from a flattened image to an editable layer.  

If when you converted to RGB and the layer is already titled something other than Background you can proceed.

3) Now you need to get rid of all the unwanted imagery and isolate the logo.  You can use a number of tools.  The Marquee tool is good for selecting rectangular shapes and the lasso tool is good for making freeform selections.  I would start w/ the marquee tool and drag a box shape around an area that you want to delete.  Hit the delete key.  Then draw a new box around another section of the background and hit delete again.  Repeat making a selection and deleting until you have removed most of the unwanted background info.

4) Switch to the eraser tool and choose a small paintbrush in the brush palette window.  Carefully erase the leftover background info that you couldn't select w/ the marquee tool.  You may want to zoom in a few times to get very close to the edges of the logo.  Depending on how elaborate your logo is this may take a while.  If you think you have removed all the background information move on to the next step.

5) Now make a new layer ( Menu Bar:Layer:New:Layer ) and you need to position it underneath the first layer.  To change the Layer order, click on the new Layer and while hold down the mouse, drag downward.  A dotted outline of the layer should appear and move this outline shape down until the middle of the outline shape is right on the bottom edge of the first layer.  A heavy black line should appear just underneath the first layer and then let go of the mouse button.  If done correctly the most recent layer should be beneath the layer w/ your logo.

6) Now you need to select the whole document ( Menu Bar:Select:All ) and then fill w/ a color not used in the logo.  If you have a black logo I would suggest a strong red or blue color.  Stay away from light/bright colors.

7) Now check if any of the original background info is visible around your logo.  It might appear as a halo or outer edge.  If this is the case you need to click on the logo layer and then use the eraser tool to remove these sections.  When you are satisfied with the cutout move on to next step.

8) Now you need to Flatten the layers.  ( Menu Bar:Layer:Flatten Image )

9) Now change the mode to index color. ( Menu Bar:Image:Mode:Index Color… )  You can play with the different settings in the Pop-up window to find which gives you the best results for your image.  The ideal is to find the setting that has the least color distortion.  When your are satisfied hit "OK" and move onto the next step.

10) Then export the image as GIF89a Export ( Menu Bar:File:Export:GIF89a Export )  In the new window that pops up you will be able to select the background color w/ the eyedropper tool and the background disappears (turns grey to us).  Beneath the picture of your image there is a list of colors.  All these colors are found in your image and you can also click on these colors to remove them from the image.  For your black logo I would start w/ the brightest background color (red or blue) and click on the color swatches in the list to remove them.  Click on the colors one at a time and check your image in the viewer window.  Keep removing colors until you are left with mostly very dark colors.  You don't have to remove all the red/blue as long as they appear almost black.  When you are satisfied with the background removal process, hit "OK" and save your file.


If you have any more trouble let me know.  

If this solves your problems you can accept this as the answer.  As for the original question "Non TP to TP" you can reject my original answer and then delete the question.  There is no need to spend twice the points for just one answer.

forkbeard

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