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I am trying to make this bitmap, which I converted into a graphic symbol, transparent. I can't seem to make it work? Could someone please help? Thanks....

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    Default How to make a .bmp transparent?

    I am trying to make this bitmap, which I converted into a graphic symbol, transparent. I can't seem to make it work? Could someone please help? Thanks.


    jce1975 webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: How to make a .bmp transparent?

    Hi jce,

    I had never done it before, but I just did it after taking a look at your message.

    That was pretty simple with Flash 5.0, I'm not using Flash MX. That's how I did it :

    - Import BMP image.
    - When it's on a layer, select the image (if it's not already default selected after import)
    - Click F8, choose Graphic.
    - Then, you can do whatever you want with it.
    - Try going in the Effect window, select Alpha with 0%... it's now transparent.

    Is that what you were looking for ?

    Hope so.

    |i



    war_mice webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: How to make a .bmp transparent?

    I have yet to see .BMP supporting an alpha channel (transparency). I would
    suggest using photoshop, or similar, to utilize .PNG format. It will fully
    support transparency.

    "jce1975" <webforumsusermacromedia.com> wrote in message
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    > I am trying to make this bitmap, which I converted into a graphic symbol,
    transparent. I can't seem to make it work? Could someone please help?
    Thanks.
    >
    >

    Ultra Virus Guest

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    Default How to make a .bmp transparent?

    Typically you cannot make a .bmp transparent (there is no transparency support in this format).

    You can however index a .bmp which will add a transparent colour in the 256th spot. Problem is, a lot of image requirements for bmp are 24 and 32 bit, and a transparent indexed image will only convert to 16 bit.

    For photoshop, simply leave the area you want transparent as empty and leave your layers. Go to "Image > Mode > Indexed Color..." and set it. This will flatten teh whole image to one indexed layer adn you should see a transparency. This computes roughly to the quality of a gif (no alpha levels) so don't expect anything great.
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