Making a Selection Over a Web Page Background Image Using Painter 6
by Jinny Brown e-mail
To make a Transparent GIF with edges that blend with your web page background:
1. Open a new Canvas and Fill it with a Pattern made from your web page background image, or if the background is a large image, like a painting, open (a copy of) the painting itself.
2. In the Objects palette, Layers section, from the dropdown menu, choose New Layer.
With the New Layer highlighted
in the Layers list,
draw a shape with any of the following selection tools found in the Tools
NOTE: Rectangular and square shapes are not a problem when making Transparent GIFs, as none of the edges are angled or curved and the edge pixels don't show as "stair steps" or "jaggies". The Rectangular Selection tool is mentioned only because it is one of the Painter 6 set of selection tools.4. In the Art Materials palette, Colors section, choose a color that contrasts with your background Pattern. The more contrast the better.
5. From the Effects menu, choose Fill. Then, in the Fill dialog box, choose Current Color and click the OK button.
6. In the Tools palette, click the Layer Adjuster tool, then click in the center of your filled selection. This will move it to a new Layer.
7. With the new Layer highlighted in the Layers list, from the Layers section dropdown menu, choose Drop and Select.
8. With the dropped shape Layer still selected ("marching ants" around the shape), from the File menu, choose Save As. Give the file a name and choose GIF from the file format dropdown list. The Save As GIF Options dialog box will open.
9. In the Save As GIF Options dialog box, choose the number of colors, depending on your image and file size requirements, click Output Transparency, then click the Preview Data button. You should see your shape on a transparent background.
10. In the Preview Data window, click OK then in the Save As GIF Options dialog box, click OK again.
Your Transparent GIF is now ready to insert into your web page over the contrasting background tile used when you created the selection.
Take a look at two sets of image selections shown
first on a white background, then on the contrasting Pattern tile used
when creating the shape and making the selection.
For more details on Creating Transparent GIFs in Painter 6, see pg. 458 of your Painter 6 manual or, from the Help menu, choose Web then, in the PDF document, in the Painter on the Web section, click Creating Transparent GIFs to go to pg. 458. You'll find a full explanation of options in the Save As GIF dialog box.
Jinny Brown, August 16, 2000