Making round playing pieces in photoshop 7

I’ve been using Photoshop 7 to make round Xiang Qi playing pieces for constructing a Vassal Xiang Qi module. My problem is that even though I create a transparent background and extract the image I want in a layer, every time I flatten the layers or save the graphic, it comes out with a white square around it. Do any of you have experience in doing this in Photoshop 7 ? I haven’t been able to find any information on doing stuff like this on the web.

On Sep 13, 2010, at 3:47 PM, Blacklight wrote:

I’ve been using Photoshop 7 to make round Xiang Qi playing pieces for
constructing a Vassal Xiang Qi module. My problem is that even
though
I create a transparent background and extract the image I want in a
layer, every time I flatten the layers or save the graphic, it comes
out
with a white square around it. Do any of you have experience in doing
this in Photoshop 7 ? I haven’t been able to find any information on
doing stuff like this on the web.

Well, I don’t happen to have that version of PhotoShop, but looking at
PhotoShop Elements 4, I found two ways to do this, and one way to fail.

What works:

  1. Just saving the image as type PNG. That preserves the
    transparency for me. I do this with “Save As…” and choosing the PNG
    option.

  2. Saving for Web and selecting PNG, making sure the transparency box
    is checked. I do this from the “Save for Web…” menu item.

What fails:
Flatten Image. This adds a background color. Merge Visible
preserves the transparency.

Also, you might try the help menu in Photoshop and seeing what you can
find there. Or else the manuals that came with the software.
PhotoShop 7 is old enough that it actually came with manuals.

Thus spake Blacklight:

I’ve been using Photoshop 7 to make round Xiang Qi playing pieces for
constructing a Vassal Xiang Qi module. My problem is that even though
I create a transparent background and extract the image I want in a
layer, every time I flatten the layers or save the graphic, it comes out
with a white square around it. Do any of you have experience in doing
this in Photoshop 7 ? I haven’t been able to find any information on
doing stuff like this on the web.

Not all bitmap formats support transparency. In what format are you
saving your images?


J.

For example, JPEGs don’t do transparency. Save to PNG files.

  • m.

On 14 September 2010 05:37, Joel Uckelman uckelman@nomic.net wrote:

Thus spake Blacklight:

I’ve been using Photoshop 7 to make round Xiang Qi playing pieces for
constructing a Vassal Xiang Qi module. My problem is that even though
I create a transparent background and extract the image I want in a
layer, every time I flatten the layers or save the graphic, it comes out
with a white square around it. Do any of you have experience in doing
this in Photoshop 7 ? I haven’t been able to find any information on
doing stuff like this on the web.

Not all bitmap formats support transparency. In what format are you
saving your images?


J.

For example, JPEGs don’t do transparency.� Save to PNG files.

- m.

On 14 September 2010 05:37, Joel Uckelman <uckelman@nomic.net> wrote:

Thus spake Blacklight:
> I've been using Photoshop 7 to make round Xiang Qi playing pieces for
> constructing a Vassal Xiang Qi module. � My problem is that even though
> I create a transparent background and extract the image I want in a
> layer, every time I flatten the layers or save the graphic, it comes out
> with a white square around it. �Do any of you have experience in doing
> this in Photoshop 7 ? �I haven't been able to find any information on
> doing stuff like this on the web.
>

Not all bitmap formats support transparency. In what format are you
saving your images?

--
J.

You might be working in indexed color mode. If you work in indexed color mode, and there is no transparency on the palette, the image will get a white background when flattened. Work in RGB color mode, then save the image as an 8-bit PNG if required.