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    I want to use layers to save an irregularly-shaped image with a TRANSPARENT background on top of another image.
    When I try to save this image as a jpg or gif, the transparent background turns white. I have heard that some browsers don't handle png files well (I am using Macromedia for iamges) and png also takes up masses of file size.
    What is the best way of saving images so that the transparent background will remain???

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    GIF supports 1-bit transparency. What program are you using to create the images--Fireworks?
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    Use GIF and make sure you choose the transparency option. An other thing is the matte color -> choose one that will coordinate with image that is underneath.
    Internet Explorer 6 indeed doesn't support PNG, and a lot of people are still using it.

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    GIF supports 1-bit transparency. What program are you using to create the images--Fireworks?
    Yes I'm using Fireworks. When I save an image with a transparent background as either a gif or jpg, the background appears white.

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    Use GIF and make sure you choose the transparency option.
    Macromedia Fireworks doesn't seem to allow me to choose a transparency option when saving a gif - or anything else for that matter.
    It does allow me to save as a photoshop psd file (which is transparent) - does anyone kow if this is compatible with all browsers? (Fireworks png files aren't compatible with all browsers)

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    I would still find some program (photoshop for example) to save your images as gif.
    But I think that psd is compatible with browsers, I searched for psd images on google and then opened them in IE 6 and firefox , worked well.

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    No, for the love of God, don't use a .psd in a web page.
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    Definetely dont use PSD's they'l be massive.

    Use photoshop and use the 'save for web' option, you get the ability to optimise your image and preview the result so you can easily get the right balance between file size and image quality.

    Oh and the transparency is just a tick box within the save for web box.

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    Many thanks Medlington, am going to investigate photoshop.


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