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How to make background transparent

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Greetings,

I downloaded several cool gif files from the web to use as buttons in Microsoft Access 2000.  Unfortunately, each has a white background that I'd like to remove because it would look better that way.  I've tried using crop and erase in Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000, but can't seem to make it work.  I sometimes wind up with a black back ground.  Ugh!

Can anyone help me?
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by:pabgilan
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Try with the JASC Paint Shop Pro 5 or higher, is the program that I use for doing transparency (this progam is shareware).

Open the gif. Select the color picker (from the tools bar) and pick the colour of the bottom (the colour that you desire to be transparent), clicking with the right button (to adquire it as background colour and not foreground colour).

Go to the Colors menu and click on Set Palette Transparency. Choose the background colour as the transparent colour.

And save the gif.

It's done !!!

You can also use GIF Construction Set. It's a very small shareware program.

Open the gif. You will see the several data fields inside the gif file.

If there isn't any CONTROL field, select the field IMAGE and click Insert, and insert a CONTROL field just after the IMAGE field.

Double click on the CONTROL field and select the colour you desire to be transparent.

Save the gif and it's done again !!

Regards

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by:perstam
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Well, I downloaded GIF Construction Set and followed your instructions, but when I edit my form in Access 2000 and insert the picture (GIF) the background shows black.  Could you give me your e-mail address so I can e-mail the GIF?
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pabgilan earned 400 total points
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Yes, you can emailme the gif if you want (to pabgilan@wanadoo.es), but I think that it's possible the problem is not in the gif file

There are many programs that can handle and open gif files but don't support their transparency.

Example: Word 97 does support transparency of inserted gif images, but previous versions don't

Netscape and Internet Explorer support transparency, of course... try opening your "transparent" gif in Netscape or IE... does it show transparent or not?
If it does, the "problem" is Access 2000

Good luck
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by:perstam
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Aha!  Looks like its Access 2000.  I'll persue this as an Access problem.
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