Thursday, September 15

What is tranparency

What is a transparent background.   How can it be used.

Normally a transparent image is in .png format, as a digi when purchased etc.

What a transparent .png should NOT be  is a TOTALLY transparent image, i.e. number 2, that had just as well have a solid\white backgound and be in any (exchangeable) format, i.e. jpeg or .png


This is the usual appearance of a digital download
Black outline
White (solid) background
The check background represents transparency
When working with layers, it aids the use of the graphics programme, not essential - but helps

As you can see the whole is transparent, therefore it will print the same as above, as though on white card (if white is what you are using)

A layer can be dropped behind, but there would remain nothing to colour, i.e using Promarkers. This type of transparent .png is useless and when there is fine detail, you just as well have the usual .jpeg

This type of .png now allows you to use LAYERS, behind it, when printing, keeping the original digital image free to colour.  Or allowing you to see the overlap of multiple digi images

Paint.nett - is free & layered graphics can be easily achieved

Serif Photo plus - free at basic level but you'll soon want to purchase the full programme or something else

Paintshop Pro - gives a 30 day trial period

Using a digital download\graphic or whatever you have at your fingertips
allows for graphic\colour\or other background(s) to be dropped behind.
Still allowing the original digital to be coloured.
Top layer - umbrella
middle layer  -  snow
back layer  -  sun & grey sky
The layers can be re-organized, i.e. snow on top
Layers can be added, changed, recoloured & text added
BUT the original graphic\digital remains to be coloured
Also, of course you can add more digital images, depending on what you want to achieve
Leaving them to be coloured with Promarkers\Copic etc
or just pre-coloured clipart.

In general, any good graphics programme can render the background transparent of any sketch, clipart, digi.  Much will depend on the sketch\etc the degree to which it can be achieved, remember sketches aren't simple like the above umbrella's, but often very detailed.  If the graphic has strong JOINED lines, rendering the background transparent is possible.

When you work on these images within a graphics programme, you start with the .png and then tend to work within the programme, i.e. PSP (Paintshop pro), Photoshop, Paint.nett etc.  Depending where you then store or use the finished image, you can, as I do save in PSP.  But to send it to someone you 
SAVE AS and change the format back to .png  Sounds geekie gobblegook - but each graphic's programme has it's file format, but equally has a vast number of file extensions it will load & on exit and finish of work will change back.


This is a totally fun demonstration of a seven layers,  some layers could have been combined, but experience shows you can do more if you don't combine ideas\graphics on the same layer, i.e. snow directly on the background, i.e. gives you the option to print with or without it on other occasions.

Saved within the programme's own format .psp without merging the layers, it can be re-used, deleted & added, re-ordered, or layers switched off.  Copied & pasted (as merged) to A4 then printed.  

Monday, September 12

Just Chilling

5'' square, orange card
Digital image & diecut layers

A really fun ©Sherri Baldy digital image.  Can be worked in many colourways and
Coloured with Promarkers,   Tonic diecut layers
Just looking now at the offset layers, makes her look drunk tipsy!


Sunday, September 11

Spots galore

6'' Scalloped edge, folded card
Technique digi

©Sherri Baldy Digi, there is something about these digis that really appeal, at first
the large face canvass looks so vast, but they are actually easier to achieve, than
something like a Tilda
The emphasis has been colour and background & insert created in Paintshop Pro
Digi coloured with Promarkers


I Love Promarkers -  Fortnightly Challenge #217 Spots or stripes

Saturday, September 10

Golden wish

6'' square folded Kraftcard
Technique: Layered

©Mo Manning digital image coloured with Promarkers
Tonic square layers & Creative expression diecuts
Peel offs on ribbon (we must use those!)


Its this time of year

5'' square folded card
Technical digital, CAS & embellished

A ©Sherri Baldy digital image, created as a single printed layer, embellished
with X-cut smalls, they are fantastic for small cards & cut well
Peeloffs!! - remember those
Image coloured with Promarkers


Cute Card Thursday Challenge  -  422 Animals and creatures

Friday, September 9

Dotty Friends

6'' folded Square card
Technique: digi & layered

©Mo Manning digital image, coloured with Promarkers
Layered using Tonic square diecutters.


I love Promarkers - Fortnightly Challenge #317 Spots & Stripes

Furry Friends

6'' Square scalloped card
Technique: Digital & crafting

Digital image ©PolkaDoddles  coloured with Promarkers
Layered crafting using Tonic square dies


Animal Friends  -  Challenge 42 September Animal Fur

Wednesday, September 7

Lush and fun

These are often given as gift sets with envelopes
In which case they will have either matching inserts
inserts with the recipients personal details, i.e. address (on left)
acknowledgement of artist

Typical (basic) insert 6'' x full length (landscape width) of A4
then cut to fit
Made using PSP but can easily be achieved with Word Processor 
in Landscape