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Can I create a transparent background to place images on?

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jeanette64 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 3, 2013 2:21 PM

Can I create a transparent background to place images on?  I am trying to move the images into FCPro maintaining the transparent background and then use motion to create a build video.  Thanks for any help.  I know I can do a similar thing in FC but the shapes are as interesting.

Keynote 09, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    Try copying what you're trying to take over to FCP, opening "Preview" doing a "Command - N", saving THAT as a .pdf (should have a transparent background) then using that in FCP. Does that work?

  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    No, when you "Copy" you'll want to do that right out of Keynote. The steps will be:

     

    1) select the oval shape

    2) insert your picture

    3) select the oval shape (that has your picture in it)

    4) copy it

    5) bring up preview

    6) do command-n

    7) save that as a PDF

     

    Then, see if FCP can use that PDF directly.

  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    Oh! I thought you were:

     

    Putting an image INSIDE an oval

    Then wanted everything outside the oval to be transparent,

     

    but that's not what you're trying to do, is it?

     

    Is there an image somewhere on the Internet you can point me to as an example of what you're trying to do?

  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    Jeanette,

     

    Just tried this and it worked. It appears that FCPX doesn't like the transparency in the PDF, so you have to convert it from .pdf to .png. Once you have the PDF created, drop it into Image Tricks lite

     

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/image-tricks-lite/id403735824?mt=12

     

    And choose "Save" at the bottom. For me, it defaulted to PNG, so just save that and it should go into FCPX with no background.

  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    Let me see if I can get Keynote to export a transparent graphic directly. I think I was able to at one time, just need to figure out if it still works.

     

    Could you post here (while posting, click on the little camera icon to upload an image) what your image looks like when it comes out of Image Tricks?

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,590 points)

    To remove a background in Keynote, use the instant alpha tool located on the tool bar.

     

    Picture 1.png

     

    Click and  drag downwards over a solid  area of colour in an image (white as shown in your screen grab), the tool will select what is white using a red overlay colour.

     

    Save this as a TIFF and ensure the alpha select box is ticked, then import into FCPro or Motion for compositing as seen below.

     

     

    Picture 4.png

  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    Ok, the first thing I figured out, this workflow won't work.

    1) create shape

    2) drop image on slide

    3) select image and shape

    4) Mask using that shape

    5) select masked object

    6) copy

    7) open Image Tricks lite

    8) "New From clipboard"

     

    That won't work BECAUSE it appears that IT lite ignores the masking. When I do that, the ENTIRE image appears as if it wasn't masked at all. So will need to take another look at that. Also, I can see by your image that you are Exporting from Keynote, which I don't think will work from what I've been able to find. What SHOULD work is

     

    1) create shape

    2) drop image on slide

    3) select image and shape

    4) Mask using that shape

    5) select masked object

    6) copy

    7) open preview

    8) new from clipboard

    9) save as PDF

    10) open PDF in Image Tricks lite

    11) save as PNG

     

    But, that's THREE applications to go through instead of two. I'll ping the image tricks developers to see if they're aware of the issue.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,590 points)

    as soon as I released the click it converted back to white. 

     

    Press the enter key after click and drag, the image background will change to a checkered pattern to show the transparency.

     

    Picture 3.png

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