Sometime around 17/11/07 (at 11:05 -0500) David B said:
I added a back ground image in the way that Keith suggested and that
works nicely. (ie dragging graphic onto page holding shift key)
Nice and easy, eh?
I am now wanting to add a logo over the top and keep the background
visible. The way I am doing this is making my graphic a transparent
giff in photoshop and placing it over the top of the image.
Trouble is I am getting an ugly dark line around the logo - looks bad.
Mmm, I can imagine. I also know why this is happening, but there are
a few things to thing about here…
First of all, you don’t need to save a graphic as a GIF in order to
get transparency when using it in Freeway. If you’re a Freeway
Express user, save your Photoshop document as a PNG file, then import
that. If you’re a Freeway Pro user the PNG method works fine, but you
can also import native Photoshop (.psd) documents, complete with
layers, transparency, and all. Very, very cool.
Okay, now on to your problem with the line appearing around the edge.
I suspect this is because your graphic is layered. Freeway will try
to build an antialiased edge - smoothed, translucent pixels - to
blend the image into whatever colour is behind it. HOWEVER… when
the graphic is layered, Freeway can’t ‘see’ what’s behind it. Other
than the plain page background colour, anyway.
What you can do to get around this is…
a) Change the antialias colour for the graphic, using the Inspector palette
b) Unlayer the graphic so it is no longer floating ‘disconnected’
from the flat page and page contents
c) Import a section of your background as a regular graphic, cropped
and moved into position, then group that with your main graphic. Make
the group layered; the contents will be held together within the
layer, and antialiasing will work well between these items.
Options A and B are the easiest by far. Option C is fiddly, but can
be useful in certain circumstances. All these will also work with
Freeway is amazing in almost every respect. This is one of the few
aspects that is annoying rather than amazing. Hopefully, this will be
improved (somehow) in some future version. But until then, these
methods should sort you out.
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