View Full Version : No 32bit tga (alpha channel) - how about tif instead

09 September 2003, 10:39 PM
Unfortunately, Painter 8 does not support 32bit tga files (alpha channel). But it does support alphas in tif and psd. Most applications (3d, games, etc.) support tif files. If you need tga files, you will have to convert to them from tif or psd. Of course, I would like to see Corel add 32 bit tga support, but until then, use tif or psd.

How to save a 32bit tif file.

Method 1
-Create a new layer (this layer should be transparent)
-Paint image on layer
NOTE: “layer mask from transparency” will not work, it must be a standard channel.
-Right click on layer in layer palette, select "Select Layer Transparency"
-Under select menu, select "Save Selection"
- or on channel palette, select "Save Selection as Channel" button.
-Name the channel what ever you want ("alpha" helps organize things)
NOTE: the first (nonRGB) channel will be the alpha in the tiff.
-Select "Save As" under the file menu.
-IMPORTANT, select the tif file type and CHECK THE SAVE ALPHA BOX under the file type pull down list.

Method 2
-Use any method you like to paint the image.
-Select the area that will be the alpha channel.
-Now do all the steps in method 1 beginning at the 4th step.

Have fun


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