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Saving a Clipmask

Sep 20, 2011, 17:15
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Hi,

I've just started using The Gimp and have followed an online tutorial for masking the background out of a portrait that has wispy hair in it. The results are fine for my purposes but I'm stumped on one thing: can I save the result in a format that retains the transparent areas?

With other graphics software I've masked out the background, then saved the result to a PSD or PNG file that contains just what I want, with the transparent background. This means I can then import the masked image into an advert design or whatever, and float it over the top of the background.

However, when I save my masked image from The Gimp and import it into my layout software, I get either what looks like the original image (entire background intact) or one with a lot of the (blue) background intact - very messy.

I'd be grateful if somebody could tell me where I'm going wrong.

Thanks.
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Sep 20, 2011, 18:03
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(Sep 20, 2011 17:15)bobyorke Wrote:  Hi,

I've just started using The Gimp and have followed an online tutorial for masking the background out of a portrait that has wispy hair in it. The results are fine for my purposes but I'm stumped on one thing: can I save the result in a format that retains the transparent areas?

With other graphics software I've masked out the background, then saved the result to a PSD or PNG file that contains just what I want, with the transparent background. This means I can then import the masked image into an advert design or whatever, and float it over the top of the background.

However, when I save my masked image from The Gimp and import it into my layout software, I get either what looks like the original image (entire background intact) or one with a lot of the (blue) background intact - very messy.

I'd be grateful if somebody could tell me where I'm going wrong.

Thanks.
If you save as PNG the transparent areas should be saved properly. Or post the image here as an XCF (possibly a good crop, restricted to demonstrative parts).

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Sep 21, 2011, 13:56
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(Sep 20, 2011 18:03)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2011 17:15)bobyorke Wrote:  Hi,

I've just started using The Gimp and have followed an online tutorial for masking the background out of a portrait that has wispy hair in it. The results are fine for my purposes but I'm stumped on one thing: can I save the result in a format that retains the transparent areas?

With other graphics software I've masked out the background, then saved the result to a PSD or PNG file that contains just what I want, with the transparent background. This means I can then import the masked image into an advert design or whatever, and float it over the top of the background.

However, when I save my masked image from The Gimp and import it into my layout software, I get either what looks like the original image (entire background intact) or one with a lot of the (blue) background intact - very messy.

I'd be grateful if somebody could tell me where I'm going wrong.

Thanks.
If you save as PNG the transparent areas should be saved properly. Or post the image here as an XCF (possibly a good crop, restricted to demonstrative parts).

Many thanks for the quick reply. I think I've 'solved' my own problem, in that the background does appear to be transparent when I pull the image into my layout software, even though it doesn't look transparent when it is pulled into various other programs. Not sure why but I'll know for the future ... Thanks again.
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Sep 21, 2011, 15:10
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RE: Saving a Clipmask
(Sep 21, 2011 13:56)bobyorke Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2011 18:03)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2011 17:15)bobyorke Wrote:  Hi,

I've just started using The Gimp and have followed an online tutorial for masking the background out of a portrait that has wispy hair in it. The results are fine for my purposes but I'm stumped on one thing: can I save the result in a format that retains the transparent areas?

With other graphics software I've masked out the background, then saved the result to a PSD or PNG file that contains just what I want, with the transparent background. This means I can then import the masked image into an advert design or whatever, and float it over the top of the background.

However, when I save my masked image from The Gimp and import it into my layout software, I get either what looks like the original image (entire background intact) or one with a lot of the (blue) background intact - very messy.

I'd be grateful if somebody could tell me where I'm going wrong.

Thanks.
If you save as PNG the transparent areas should be saved properly. Or post the image here as an XCF (possibly a good crop, restricted to demonstrative parts).

Many thanks for the quick reply. I think I've 'solved' my own problem, in that the background does appear to be transparent when I pull the image into my layout software, even though it doesn't look transparent when it is pulled into various other programs. Not sure why but I'll know for the future ... Thanks again.
Some software doens't support correctly the partial transparency of PNG. IE versions up to IE6 were infamous for this.

If you want to test your various image tools, see here: http://www.schaik.com/pngsuite/

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