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Working with an image with transparent background

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A webmaster created a logo for my website (logo1.png) which I would like to edit.  Although I have Adobe Photoshop, I haven't learned how to use it, and I prefer to use a simpler application called Paint Shop Pro.  If I open logo1.png in Paint Shop Pro, I can add text to it and save the image.  However, the text doesn't appear on a web page which includes that image, nor does the text appear if I open the image in Photoshop.  Is there a way I can edit this image with my simple graphics program, and have the edit take effect? I have uploaded the image, along with a screen shot of text which is only visible in Paint Shop Pro.  screen shot of image as it appears in Paint Shop Prologo image as it appears on web page, or in Photoshop
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Did you "flatten"--i.e. merge all layers into one layer--all of the layers when you saved the file?
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by:ddantes
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Thank you for your comment.  It appears there is only a single layer.
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by:Dan Craciun
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If you have Photoshop, adding text is extremely easy.

Just click on the "T" symbol (or press T), type your text, set it's attributes (size, font, color etc) on the top bar, then go to File->Save for web (Ctrl+Alt+S) and save your image in the desired format.

HTH,
Dan
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Try uploading the image to pixlr http://pixlr.com/editor/ it is very easy to use and works similar to basic photoshop.  

Is your image a png or gif?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I saw it was png.  I used pixlr and opened from a url (the one you posted http://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/2014/03_w10/838790/logo1.png) and in less than 10 seconds bird
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by:ddantes
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Thanks to all who commented.  Pixlr worked fine, and produced the result I was looking for.  I'm sure it can be done very professionally with Photoshop, but the learning curve is a little steeper than I'm prepared for at the moment.

One question:  Is there a way to save an image with transparent background, such that the background appears white instead of black when the file is opened in Paint Shop Pro or similar?
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by:Dan Craciun
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If it's transparent, then it does not have a background.
The background you see is determined by the application, is not an attribute of the image.

Dan
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I have not used that program, but it is possible it is not prepared to handle transparency.
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by:ddantes
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Paint Shop Pro can handle transparency.  If the background appears black, it makes it a little difficult to add most colors of text in that application.  No matter -- the editing can be done in pixlr, which is just as good.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi David,
I see that this question was already solved, but since it's about an image with transparent background, I thought you might be interested in an article I wrote on that subject, Signature Image with Transparent Background. Although the crux of the article is about placing signatures on documents, the technique it discusses to create PNG files with a transparent background will, of course, work on other images. Regards, Joe
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Great article, thanks Joe!
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You're welcome. And thanks to you for the compliment — much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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