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03-30-1999, 06:35 PM
Hi, I'm using a combination of both PaintPro 5.0 and PhotoShop 5.0 to create my graphics. I'm relatively new to both programs, and keep running into the same problem. In creating say...oval shaped buttons...I open a transparent new image in Paint, draw an oval shape with the selection tool, fill it with color, copy it to Photoshop as a transparent image...it always comes over to Photo with a white background. when I use the wand tool to get rid of the white surrounding the image, I end up with "fuzzies". What am I doing wrong?
I don't use Photoshop, I use Paint Shop Pro..but I am curious, is there a reason you are going back and forth between the two?
03-30-1999, 09:10 PM
I had similar Photoshop problems, got frustrated and switched to Macromedia Fireworks, it is really neat and specialized for web graphics. I believe they have a free download too!
What level of tolerance do you have the wand tool set at? If it's not set to zero that may be the problem.
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03-30-1999, 11:33 PM
I think the program at fault might be PSP - I don't think it can send transparency info to other programs. Try saving the file in question to a .PSD (Photoshop) file and then opening it IN Photoshop - that should preserve the transparency.
You could also just use Photoshop exclusively. Select the circular selection tool, open the Options Pallete, select Normal from the Style dropdown. You can then Edit -> Fill or Edit -> Stroke the selection.
If it's a particular size oval, select View -> Show Rulers (you might want to File -> Prefs -> Units & Rulers: Set to Pixels), and try clicking and dragging on a ruler to create Guides.
You might also want to read one of the online tutorials for Photoshop that are out there...
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03-30-1999, 11:53 PM
I had to come back and edit this entire thing. *sorry* I misread..
I don't know why you would use one program to draw and color an image and then open it up in another just to make it transparent. you could do all that in Paintshop Pro. I can't tell ya nothing with Photoshop... cuz i don't use it.
Reason you are seeing fuzzies is if you were to zoom in on that object let's say 6:1 you would see that there are several shades of let's just say colors. I don't know why this happens as I am not an expert.
But you really could do this all in one program. Use anti-alias when creating your ovals and circles whatever shapes, as it will make the edges more smoother and less jaggedy. There is a control pallette at the top of Paintshop Pro (just under the word Capture) at the top of the screen.
Sorry, for misunderstanding earlier.
[This message has been edited by hearts (edited 03-31-99).]
03-30-1999, 11:56 PM
is there a reason you are going back and forth between the two?
heck.. myself, i bounce around three different programs, just because i like certain features of each one better than another. (not my question, but answered it anyways! http://www.aota.net/ubb/wink.gif)
04-01-1999, 07:05 PM
hmmm I'd have to guess that the feather tolerance onthe wand is up - set it lower liek to 0 or something happens to it inteh transition - is there a reason you cant draw ovals in phtoshop or cant complete the thingy in psp? or did you mean you drew the oval in paint -as in windows paint?
as for jumping programs - I use ot do that alt eh time iwth graphics cuz I didnt have one decent graphicprogram jsut a bunch of half-ones that all did differnt things :/ argh now I have a fully functional everything I need program - I dont think psp makes oval buttons very well -if I remeber correctly - I alwasy found that annoying myself.
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04-02-1999, 07:05 PM
I don't have photoshop either, but I do go back and forth between Paint Shop Pro and Photo Impact.
I would suspect that the problem might be anti-alias when you lay down your original selection....it will *smooth* edges by combining the image color and the background color. Then, once you save and the original selection is de-selected, when you go back and re-select those blended colors aren't picked up with the background color. You could try either unchecking the anti-alias for your original image (which doesn't look very good, especially with oval images), or after importing your graphic into the other program, select the background and then do a selection/expand of a single pixel to include the anti-aliased portion of the image....I've even used gaussian blur really low to help blend some of those jagged edges away on some images.
I hope this made sense, lol...and that it might help even a little! ;-)
04-02-1999, 08:47 PM
I use photoshop 5 and did the oval buttons that appear on my nav bar in photoshop nsxnorthwest.com/index3.html (http://nsxnorthwest.com/index3.html) (they don't appear perfectly round because I lowered the quality to accomidate download time) I haven't used anything else but photoshop so I can't really say why the fuzziness might happen, but I would think you could finish the project in one program.
*you can start out with a transparent image in photoshop if that's why you switch between the two just go File>New> then at the bottom it has a radiobutton option of White, background color, and transparent for the contents*
[This message has been edited by ellman (edited 04-02-99).]
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