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Chapter 9. Special Effects > Creating Transparent Graphics in PNG Format

Creating Transparent Graphics in PNG Format

The most promising alternative to GIF is PNG (portable network graphics), a standardized, unpatented graphic format supported by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This format has several features that make it a superior choice over GIF.

Most important, this format allows you to create transparent graphics. Rather than being solid, the graphics’ colors are translucent, allowing content below them to show through—something that GIF cannot do (Figure 9.23). The following tasks describe how to create PNG graphics using either Adobe ImageReady or Macromedia Fireworks.


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