Fantastic, SPEEDY reply, THANX! However...
I am a raw beginner with Illustrator (as many visiting this forum may be), so when you reply :
"Using Illustrator's drawing tools, create a vector mask and mask the image." I am already lost :-(
You assume I already have those skills [I DON'T :-)]
My goal was to get an answer like this:
Step 1 - Select This tool =
Step 2 - Click here
Step 3 - Now select this tool =
Step 4 - Do this to change the white to a transparent background =
Now that you have the image separated from the background (or the color white replaced by "transparency"), and now that it is residing on a TRANSPARENT background (workspace canvas),
Step 5 - Do this to select only the image (Not the full canvas) =
Step 6 - Do File - Export - Select .PNG and make sure the TRANSPARENCY option is set.
If you can fill-in the missing pieces of information in the Step By Step format above, it would GREATLY help me and hopefully, many others!
you don't have photoshop then? - if not this question belongs in the illustrator forum not here...
Thank you, Handrawn. I know it is a Photoshop forum.
1) My Google search "Remove white background and make it transparent in Illustrator" brought me here :-)
2) I downloaded and tried to install the eraser genuine tool (as recommended on this forum).... only to find after I unzipped it - that it has a .8bf extension and therefore will not install when I double click it. I have written to the author to determine how to get this installed as a Photoshop filter and also asked if it will work as a filter/tool in Illustrator.
3) The suggestions all intend to be helpful and I appreciate the time/effort of those responding.
4) HOWEVER, the simple, step by step solution requested at the beginning of this thread (30+ replies ago) still seems to remain allusive :-)
nothing is simple when you don't know how to use the program by definition
which version illy do you have?
ok I have taken the time to read this thread through again
firstly - this is quote from the original poster [nutmeg]:
http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthre...75#post166475] post #4
note, as I thought, he/she was asking for a solution in either program, unlike your assertion to the contrary in your first post in this thread.....
secondly: despite what has been said, I could not get the mehdi to work in CS5 Illustrator, [does work fine in CS5 Photoshop of course], but I am no illustrator expert
it's possible that Gary may come back to explain masking in illustrator, but this is an old thread - you should, and you are likely to have more success if, you ask in an illustrator forum
EDIT: ok I see you have done that:
Last edited by handrawn; 17 February 2012 at 05:28 PM.
I wrote a long message and then decided it was senseless.
I also tried copying some of my Photopshop compatible filters into Illustrator's Plug-ins > Photoshop filters folder. But I cannot access them in Illustrator and their Help files were no help.
Sorry if I confused you. I'm confused enough myself.
I could tell you how to do this in Xara Designer Pro, which is my drawing application of choice, but that would mean nothing to you.
Unless you get a copy of Xara Designer Pro 7
Unfortunately, not everyone takes the time to READ like you do. They also don't realize that just because you search for something on Google and click a link, doesn't mean it took you to a relevant result or the right place. If you walked in a room with a door labeled "WOMEN" and saw a bunch of men standing around, would you still assume you were in the women's restroom?
I like how people stop posting when they have nothing useful left to contribute or their own needs were met, or in the original poster's case, never answer a question on how they sorted out their problem which could potentially help out hundreds if not thousands of other users. I just wanted to thank you and Remi personally for being so helpful.