5 Replies Latest reply on May 26, 2017 9:17 AM by Dexter Stoltz

    How do I make PNG's true transparent?

    Chris Cunningham

      I am having a hard time getting PNG's to become transparent on clear areas. This is in accurate mode. Any thoughts? The transparent areas end up rendering as darker areas with white speckles.


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        • Re: How do I make PNG's true transparent?
          Dexter Stoltz

          I was trying to do the same thing yesterday...multiple .png's with transparent backgrounds on the same part (an interactive button).


          The artwork came from Illustrator, so I tried increasing the resolution to 600ppi and even re-saving in Photoshop to no success.


          Ultimately, I had to fire up Maxwell to get it done, but will circle back and let you know if I make any progress because I really want to use visualize more.

          • Re: How do I make PNG's true transparent?
            Ron Bates

            Hi Chris,


            I tried a quick test here and I'm not seeing the same general issue.  I created a basic transparent background, decal image, in photoshop and I don't see artifacts behind the transparent area as you've shown.  I tried both Fast and Accurate.


            • Would it be possible to share one of the decal images for us to try out here? (You can PM me if you like)
            • Also, it could have something odd to do with the underlying appearance...perhaps you can share that too?
            • What version of Visualize are you using and do you see the same thing in Fast and Accurate modes?



            • Re: How do I make PNG's true transparent?
              Dexter Stoltz

              Hey Chris,


              I took some time to try some different options to see if I could improve the alpha ghosting. It looks like the substrate material affects the label. However, I did find that exporting as a TIF gave better results.


              In this image, the big power icon is a PNG, the small TIF, and the white is a PSD (didn't acknowledge transparency at all) - over a "Soft Touch Black" material:



              In this image the material was changed to "Smooth Black":



              I'll continue to try to improve my workflow, but I'm wondering if the normal map causes interference with the alpha?