|It's worth noting that PSP6 & 7 has a GIF exporter File> Export> GIF which will either take you through a tabbed dialog box or let you run a wizard. In either case you get some options not readily available if you do the work manually. A button can be installed on the tool palette that offers a myriad of easy to follow options and will automatically create your GIF.||
please see instructions
and discussion below
Menu> File> Export> GIF Export
The first thing to remember when creating a transparent GIF is that it works best on Web pages with a single color background. The image also needs to be a paletted image (256 colors).
If your Web page background uses multiple colors, choose the most common color of the Web page background for the background color of the image. After you have created your image and given it a solid single color background, follow these easy steps with Paint Shop Pro 5:
Select the Eyedropper Tool from the Toolbar and right click on the color in the image you want to make transparent.
Go to the Colors Menu and select Set Palette Transparency. Choose the Set the transparency value to the current background color option.
You can either use the Proof button to see the transparency in action, or you can can go to the Colors menu and choose View Palette Transparency to toggle on the Transparent view. (The Transparency will be apparent by the background color turning to a checkered pattern.) Click OK to close the Palette Transparency Options.
Better go see Bill
His notes written for you version 6 & 7 users offers very helpful info.
PSP has two transparency modes, and the
operations don't mix. You've
mode of transparency is for the high color images and only works
in 16.7 million color mode. The primary use of transparency here
is to create images from transparent Layers. Each layer can be
imagined as a totally transparent plane upon which one paints. Erasing
from the layer makes it go transparent. (not true for the
Mode, or 256 color mode, you don't really have transparency. What
you do have is the ability to make one color transparent. The
pretty easy to create a transparent background in Native mode,
but if you want a transparent background for a web image, you
must convert from the Native mode to GIF. Do this by going to
Colors-Decrease Color Depth and selecting 256 colors. That nice
transparent background you had is going to become white, but
you can flood fill it
it's a limited palette (256 colors just doesn't go very far when
you start painting items, especially if you'd like to blend edges
and anti-alias.) you'll need to pay attention to how you're painting
the image. Usually, this means that you won't have the smooth
edges you'd like. Also, since only one color may be transparent,
and I do mean ONE color, gradients, such as drop shadows that
go from black to white, with the white made transparent, will
still show all of the shades of gray up to white. This is a common
mistake because the artist believes the white component of the
grays will be transparent.
get the transparency? First, check the colors to make certain
you have 256 colors! Lower if required. Now, as you've
caution at this point! If you only have a couple of colors in
your palette, there may not be enough colors to create the
have 3 ways to select what color will be transparent.
3. Index color. (the number of the color in the palette. There's a shortcut for this option. Just move the cursor into your picture and click on the color you want to be transparent.) Click on "OK"
Now, you've set the transparent color, but still won't see it until you click on Menu> Colors> View Palette Transparency. This line has a check mark to indicate it's on. At this point, you should be able to see the transparent effect.
when you save, be sure to open the Save Options box and make
certain V89a mode is checked, since that's the only GIF mode
When you load a GIF with transparency, you've got to have the Colors> View Palette Transparency checked in order to see the effect.
thing to be wary of- If you save your GIF's manually there are
TWO GIF formats in the PSP save list.
both save as GIF formats, only the last one (Graphics Interchange)
will save as transparent. If you're not
paying attention, it may seem a random transparent save.