Using ACDSee to set an image background as transparent (or what should I use?)
Posted on 2013-07-01
I regularly hit a situation where I need to do basic editing on images. The primary task that has me stumped at present is setting a specific shade as transparent on an image.
In the past (Office 2003 times) there was an application included called PhotoEdit and it had a "tool" allowing me to click on a section of an image and specify that to be Transparent. It was crude, but for a quick web edit it worked.
This tool was not shipped on later editions of Office, and PhotoEdit is not happy on Windows 8.
If my requirement is:
Set Background Colour to Transparent,
Resize an image to a specific (smaller) size
What are the recommended packages. I have tried Photoshop (completely lost me before I even opened an image), and ACDsee (great for seeing what images are on my PC, but I can't find a Transparency or a Resize tool).
I run a Mac (OS X 10.8), on which I run Parallels with Windows 8. Most of my work is done on Server 2012 via RDS so ideally I am looking for a Windows-8 application.