Identifying transparency in non-supported formats

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grafical
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Identifying transparency in non-supported formats

Post by grafical » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:09 pm

Probably the most common way of recognizing transparency in an image is the checkerboard background to show transparent areas. When an image containing transparency (i.e. TGA, TIF, PNG) is saved to a format which does not support transparency (i.e. JPG) for preview on the web, the transparent area(s) from the source image are most commonly replaced with solid black, or solid white in the resulting JPG.

It would be incredibly useful to those of us who routinely work with alpha transparency if a checkerboard pattern, or a user-selectable image, could be inserted in the resulting JPG where transparency existed in the source. This would be somewhat akin to a watermarking process in reverse, where the "solid" areas of the original image become the watermark placed over a checkerboard pattern. Ideally, the source image's IPTC data would be preserved in the resulting JPG.

I've searched endlessly for an app that will save an alpha transparency checkerboard into JPG files, and have yet to find one.

grafical
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Re: Identifying transparency in non-supported formats

Post by grafical » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:29 pm

On a related note, is there a way to define the color of the areas that were alpha transparent.. for example, if I batch process a series of TIFFs with transparency, and save to JPG, the transparent areas will become solid black in the JPG.. can I change that solid black, during the output process, to a color I choose (for example, bright red)?

marsh
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Re: Identifying transparency in non-supported formats

Post by marsh » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:12 pm

I'm surprised to read that an effect which requires a screenshot does not already exist somewhere.

I haven't noticed changing the changing background color being possible either.
- printing transparent images


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