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  1. #1
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    Default Creating Transparent Files?

    Hi there

    I have been using sbm for about a week and I am completely stumped as to why I cannot create a transparent file. I am using Corel Draw and am fairly proficient, however I have not been able to figure this out for the life of me. I have looked through pages and pages here and tried different things, but am still unable to make it work.
    I have a photo that I have duplicated behind the original a few times and put them on different angles. Now, I am trying to save it as a .png with a transparent background.
    I went to 'Bitmaps' and converted it to 32-bit, then exported to a png file. The color mode only allows me to have a 24-bit or a bunch of other choices, but not 32, even though I used the pull down menu to switch it before I began the save process. During the save process it then goes to png export and you have the choice for transparency - none or image colour. Not sure which to use but I have tried both and neither seem to work.
    When I go to a sbm page that I am working on and then try to pull that photo to the page there is a white background.
    Please help, what am I doing wrong??

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    Hi Robin,
    SBM uses PNG-24 with alpha transparency. I don't use Corel Draw but in Photoshop Elements, I set the background as Transparent at the time I create a new file.

    I've just developed a tutorial on creating text embellishments with transparent PNG which I'll upload that in a day or so. HTH.

    Lee
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    Lee is correct. You need to export your embellishments from your paint program as a 32 bit PNG file (24 bit color + 8 bit alpha/transparency). That's the industry standard for transparent images - and Scrapbook MAX! works with it perfectly!
    Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is here!. It's simply better digital scrapbooking software!

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    Default Searching for thread

    After doing several searches, I cannot find the thread where Corey recommended free software called 'grit' for making transparencies. I would like to find it for my daughter. Hopefully someone will know what the web site is.

    Thanks.

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    Actually it was called Gimp. No wonder you couldn't find it!
    Here is the link.

    http://www.scrapbookmax.com/forums/s...highlight=Gimp

    Marion

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    Default Thanks, Marion

    Of course, no wonder I couldn't find it! Thanks for your help.

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    Thank for the link and the input, I will give the link a try to see if I can do it through there, but if anyone that uses Corel Draw could try it out to see if I am doing something wrong, I would like to know the solution.
    I attached the file (I think)that had been giving the problem.
    Thanks
    Attached Images

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    Your layout looks great, and what a cute little baby!!!!

    Marion

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    I love your layout too!

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