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John Godwin
Alpha channel in Preview
on Apr 3, 2014 at 4:44:28 pm

I frequently create an alpha channel on a still graphic in Preview, using the magic wand. Sometimes when I do this and import the still into FCP X the alpha channel work but the still image is semi-transparent too. There's no indication of bad selections in Preview.

I've checked all the settings in the FCP X inspector and all seem normal.

If I duplicate the image on the timeline and stack it over the original it appears solid. So, any ideas as to what I must be doing wrong? Maybe in Preview?

Thanks.

Best,
John


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Bret Williams
Re: Alpha channel in Preview
on Apr 3, 2014 at 9:25:32 pm

Hey John,

That's a nice trick in Preview. I didn't know about that. So I can't help you there. But I've been playing with Pixelmator and I like it a lot as a Photoshop replacement. Only $30 or so in the app store. You'd have a bit more control.


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John Godwin
Re: Alpha channel in Preview
on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:05:24 pm

Someone showed me that a couple of years ago. It's very quick and easy. If only I can figure out why *sometimes* it does this thing ...

Best,
John


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