In case you haven't noticed, I love Celtic Knots. I am using one here to
demonstrate a transparent background.
To make the background transparent I chose "Colors | Set Palette
Transparency" then I chose the following setting in the dialog box.
I then clicked on OK and saved as a GIF file.
In choosing my background color "White" as the transparent color PSP
tells the Web Browser not to "see" that color.
My original photo with the selection outlined
With a lot of sculpting and a little hairdressing skill...
...I can make my granddaughter float on the page!
I really enjoyed this one!
Below is my original image, on the left, and on the right, is the same
image with the area I selected filled with my "Transparent" color
OK... who took the piece outta the middle of my puzzle? ;o}
Below are two examples of the same animation file made in PSP's Animation Shop.
They both started with "Image Transition ~ Rotate Colors". The
difference between them was how they were "Optimized" while saving the file.
The button on the left was optimized with 256 colors and a browser-safe
palette. Colors were mapped to palette closest to the nearest color.
This resulted in a file size with the grand total of 56K. The button
on the right was optimized containing 32 colors and no local palettes.
Generated palette by median cut and mapped colors to palette using error
diffusion at only 9K!!!
The above animation was made using the "Text Transition" option
"Highlight" in PSP's Animation Shop
My next animation was very simple to make
I used the "Animation Wizard" to add 25 copies of the same ball after
rotating each one 15 degrees
Originally I made this "HUG" for my daughter. I used
the "Animation Wizard" again adding several of the same
images over & over in different colors. Then I adjusted the
display time for some of the images.
With the following settings...
Standard settings selected, level 2
Optimizing for Animated GIF output
Optimized output will create a new animation
Write minimal frames
Use transparency for better compression
Optimized image will contain 64 colors
No local palettes will be used
Generate palette by Octree
Map colors to palette via nearest color
All non-visible elements removed...
I was able to keep the file size fairly small @ 23KB