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Edmcgarr
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Transparent backgrounds

Postby Edmcgarr » Tue May 10, 2016 12:09 pm

Just wondering if anyone knows about transparent backgrounds with PicEngrave Pro 5. Last night I was working on a transparent .png file and saved it. the background was saved as black in the .jpg file and even the png was brought into the program with a black background. Do photos need to be cleaned up with a regular eraser tool with a white background to get the subject matter without a background?

This was for a magazine shot on birch plywood. Not that the black doesn't make the creature stand out, but it extended the job to 11.5 hrs at 70 feed rate for a 10"x11". Just wondering before I start playing with settings when I get home.

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Re: Transparent backgrounds

Postby Picengravertoo » Tue May 10, 2016 2:22 pm

Hi Ed,

A transparent background is not a shade that PEP5 can interpret for generating the gcode so it turns black. Save it in a bmp, tiff or jpg format in another image editor (MS paint?) then the transparent areas will be white instead. You can then use skip white to cut down on your engraving time.

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Re: Transparent backgrounds

Postby Edmcgarr » Fri May 13, 2016 10:01 am

Thanks Jeff, as it turns out, the editor for the shoot liked the black background better than the one I did after I switched files. Great software!

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Re: Transparent backgrounds

Postby Picengravertoo » Fri May 13, 2016 10:08 am

Thanks Ed for your praise and update. 8-)


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