instant alpha question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by webgoat, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. webgoat macrumors 6502a

    webgoat

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    #1
    i have a picture that i want to make the background transparent instead of white... pages 09 and keynote 09 do a great job of removing the white with the alpha feature but is there any way to then save this new picture without the background?
     
  2. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    You can take it into Preview.app, use the Instant Alpha tool there, then save it out, and use it anywhere else. Preview has had this since 10.5 came out.
     
  3. webgoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

    webgoat

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    where do i find the instant alpha tool in preview? i can't find it in any menu and there's nothing about it in the application help menu

    edit* nevermind i found it : )
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    #4
    It'd be helpful if you could post the answer, for other people who may be in the same situation later.
     
  5. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    In the tool bar click and hold on the select tool. In the popup menu you'll find the instant alpha tool.

    If the select tool is not in the tool bar (it's paired with the move tool) then under the View menu select Customize Toolbar and add it to the toolbar.
     

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