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12 December 2003, 08:02 AM
How do change the background to transparent in Painter 8...same as Photoshop?

This is a quick drawing from painter 8

Then saved as PSD, opened in Photoshop and turned off the Background Layer.

I want to get the same result like this one, created in Photoshop.

There are some effect PS doesn't, specifically, Digital Water Color.
The image will be on a restaurant menu, so the background has to be transparent.

12 December 2003, 09:01 PM

In Painter, the Canvas is always opaque.

To make an image with a transparent background, you need to paint or draw it on a New Layer, then from the Layers palette menu, choose Drop and Select and save the file as a transparent GIF.

To get the result shown in your third example, you'll do better using a brush variant, such as one of the Airbrush variants that does not leave white edges when displayed above a contrasting background. Do some testing to find out which brush variants work this way (without white edges, such as are seen when a Water Color Layer's brush strokes are displayed above a contrasting color and the Water Color Layer is not set to Composite Method Gel (Gel is necessary for Water Color Layers in order to have the brushstrokes display as intended).


1. Since you'll be dropping the image to the Canvas and making a selection, edge pixels will contain whatever color is on the Canvas. To prevent contrasting edges on your final product, be sure the Canvas is filled with the color (or Pattern) over which the transparent GIF will be superimposed in the final artwork.

2. Before using Drop and Select, be sure to crop the image to remove any unnecessary background.

If you're used to Photoshop, you may find it's easier to do the final work there.

There are several brush categories and their associated Layers found in Painter that are not available in Photoshop:

Digital Water Color brush variants (work on both Canvas and Default Layers - when the file is saved, Digital Water Color is automatically dried and cannot again be made wet)

Impasto brush variants (work on both Canvas and Default Layers using Impasto Lighting and Depth)

Liquid Ink brush variants (work only on Liquid Ink Layers)

Water Color brush variants (work only on Water Color Layers - when the file is saved, the paint remains wet unless you've used the Layers palette command, Dry Water Color Layer prior to saving the file)

Many other features available in Painter are not available in Photoshop:

Make Mosaic
Movie feature
File > Clone and multiple methods of Clone painting
Nozzles used with the Image Hose brush category
... and more....

While Default Layers carry over to Photoshop, other Layers do not work the same so understanding all of this is important if you plan to work between both programs.

If you're not sure, ask an experienced Painter user before getting yourself into trouble. It's worth taking the time.

Good luck, :)

12 December 2003, 03:37 AM
Thanks for the tips! I'll do some experimenting and see what work best.

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