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Chapter 6. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand... > Giving a GIF a Transparent Backgroun... - Pg. 72

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Clicks: Working with Images 72 I talked about the page background earlier, but there's another type of background that you have to worry about, as well: the background of a specific image. For example, if you have an image of a house that's surrounded by black, the black is said to be the image's background color. One of the features you get with a GIF image is the ability to set the background color to be "trans- parent." This just means that the browser doesn't show the background when it displays the file. This can make an image look much neater. For example, compare the two images shown in Figure 6.6. See how the one on the right doesn't show the black background? Figure 6.6. GIF files can have transparent backgrounds. Here's how you give a GIF file a transparent background in Paint Shop Pro: