transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

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APG1959
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by APG1959 » 03 May 2005, 08:15

Hope someone can help, please.

Am using QXP 6.5, PS v7.0. Am making a CMYK box layout in QXP using images in PS.

Have used PSD Import feature. By importing a PSD file that has a transparent background and work path in the PS file, and by selecting Work Paths in QXP PSD Import palette, the image comes over into QXP and is indeed transparent.

The trouble is, the edges are rough, as if made badly by PS magic wand rather than a clean cut-out using the PS cutting out tool.

Any suggestions, anyone, please?

Xpressnorth
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by Xpressnorth » 03 May 2005, 09:36

Buy Indesign, problem solved.

APG1959
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by APG1959 » 03 May 2005, 09:52

Does ID not have this problem?

APG1959
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by APG1959 » 03 May 2005, 09:52

But seriously, is there a work-a-round in QXP?

Jim Oblak
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by Jim Oblak » 03 May 2005, 09:54

Suggestions? Try using InDesign as it supports 8-bit alpha mask transparency in placed PSD files. Quark does not allow this so you must modify your images in Photoshop just as you did back in the 20th century: manually create clipping paths.

The rough edges are from Quark trying to automatically create those clipping paths. I am sure you can do better in Photoshop.

Many goofballs on this forum argue that InDesign is slow. The support of 8-bit alpha mask transparency is such a speed improvement over Quark's old clipping path technology that you have to wonder why anyone is still using Quark.

Bivouac Ponzetti
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by Bivouac Ponzetti » 03 May 2005, 16:09

Many goofballs who have hyped Quark's PSD import have inexplicably failed to note the lack of support for alpha channel transparency, which is actually, by far the most useful aspect of PSD import. I haven't used a clipping path since ID2 was released.

APG1959
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transpARENT PS IMAGES IN QXP

Post by APG1959 » 05 May 2005, 05:28

By experimenting, I have found that the image imported using PSD Import XT looks rough, but when made into a pdf using QXP PDF converter, it does improve. Still not as good as the box face when made completely in PS and then the PS tif image (with the cut-out on the background) imported, but better than on screen.

Still, it all seems a bit pants and Heath Robinson, so hurry up QXP with v7.0 - otherwise u lose another license paying user who debunks to ID.

Still I guess QXP don't really care, they have my money now anyway...

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