Making an image transparent

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Generally images are images are made transparent in one of three ways..


  1. Using the Chroma Key Module or Backdrop (Green Screen)

  2. Applying a mask to an image hole on a template

  3. Applying a mask directly to the image

This article briefly introduces these methods. More detailed descriptions of the methods are found elsewhere as per the links below.

Chroma Key (Green Screen)

The Chroma Key module and Backdrop are used to entirely replace image backgrounds. This is used when photography has occurred with a single color background (eg green screen/blue screen)

Images made transparent in this way are then given a new replacement background.

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Applying a mask to an image hole on a template

All products printed from Timestone Software are done so via templates. It is possible to print a transparency mask to an image object on a template which will then render the image transparent whenever the template is printed.

Applying the mask to the image hole rather than the image (as per the method below) means the transparency effect is product based and the image can be used with or without transparency depending on the product.

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Applying a mask directly to an image

The above method where the transparency mask is applied to the template means the transparency is only achieved when an image is printed

An alternative exists whereby the mask is applied to the image itself. This offers a couple of key advantages.

  • The transparency is achieved whenever the image is used (such as when exporting the image) not just when printing the image.
  • Different images can have different transparency masks as needed
  • The assigned mask can be "turned on and off" as desired meaning the image can be used with or without the transparency
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