I have Marcomedia FireWorks but am a complete newbie with graphic design.
I would like a simple text logo with the area around the letters transparent, that way I can drop it on any background.
Any help is appreciated.
Hi I am also a newbe on this, but I believe that if you follow these steps you can create any graphic with transparent background.
- Open fireworks
- In the menu select file and then new (or ctrl+n) and it will open a window to create a new document.
- Then selct the size of the canvas (which it will be the size of the container of your logo or image)
- Finally on canvas background select transparent, and voila select ok and start creating your logo or image.
- And save the image as png or gif.
Hope it helps.
You want to isolate the image so it has no background. In the layers pane on the right, you should be able to remove the visibility of the background layer. In Photoshop you can do this by clicking on the eye next to the background layer . Then you want to "Save for Web & Devices " and choose PNG-24 from the "preset" drop-down menu, making sure the transparency checkbox is ticked.
Save as a PNG 24 to get all this to work!
Don't know how FireWorks works, but any sufficiently advanced graphics editor should do the job. "Nine toes" has the details on Photoshop. Some free alternatives are Paint.net and the GIMP. Cheap alternatives include Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro.
Start with the tutorials for whichever program you are using. There should be easy ways to start with a transparent background, add text, and save as a PNG with transparency.
One tricky point is whether you want to save with alpha (or "partial") transparency or binary (threshold) transparency. The short answer is: if you need to support IE6, use binary transparency; otherwise, use alpha.
Here's a Fireworks tutorial for exporting transparent GIF and PNG images: http://www.learnwebdesignonline.com/fireworks-tutorials/export-gif-png.htm