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WBG - Transparency Tutorial by The-Godlings-Rapture WBG - Transparency Tutorial by The-Godlings-Rapture

THIS IS NOT THE ONLY WAY TO DO TRANSPARENCY.

I'm ignoring any more comments telling me "oh use [insert program here] instead" because NOT EVERYONE HAS THESE PROGRAMS. I use MS Paint to make my sprites, and it doesn't support transparency, hence the second method I show.

I don't mind if you tell me of other methods, but don't chastise me because "oh you're changing the background color that's stupid" because IT'S AN ALTERNATIVE.

Any more of these complaints and I'll eventually just disable comments, because I don't want people bitching at me that "oh your way is pointless and stupid" all the damn time.
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DCFDTLdude Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
used it to make this dcfdtldude.deviantart.com/art/… thank u
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kimj1129 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thank you so much! I tried other tuts and none of them worked for me, but this did!!! YAY!!!:happybounce: 
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PokemonMaster50 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why did I never realise that I could do that on MS Paint?!?! This is brilliant and extremely helpful! Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! :iconglompplz: I am definitely going to use this idea from now on when I submit sprites.
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just keep in mind that doing this transparency method only works on sites with one set background (like dA) :s
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Typicalninja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

This tutorial helped me so much, I finally got rid of the god-awful white background! :D
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^-^
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PeekyChew Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Finally something to help all of the newbies who don't know how to do transparency!
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Millennium-Star Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very useful. I might use this for when I'm making sprites.
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racker150 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouldn't it just be easier to use a program such as Paint.net that supports transparency?
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The same could be said for GIMP or Photoshop. However, not everyone makes their sprites in those programs, me included.
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racker150 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why I understand that fact that you prefer Paint you could transfer it to programs such as paint.net or GIMP to use their lasso tool to make the sprites transparent.
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Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by sprites like this its better to use magic wand...
the lasso is much more work ;)
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racker150 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that's what I meant for whatever reason I get the two confused.
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Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
paint.net is a good & free program too so it should be no problem to remove the white background... <.<
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a lot of programs that can do transparency, as others have mentioned. I'm not going to list all of them and how to do it in the tutorial because that would be ridiculous.
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Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well saying that you should change the background color to the "light mint color" of deviantArts background is more ridiculous...
the tutorial name is "Transparency Tutorial" and changing the backgound color dont make it transparent... :P
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's to simulate transparency when a person can't either get transparency or has to update their sprite frequently. For example, let's talk about my Colosseum OWs. I was updating that a lot, however, I did not feel like having to do the transparency method in GIMP every time I did. It would've been tedious to do. Yet, changing the background to dA's background was a one-time fix, and doing so still gives the illusion of transparency. And while I use it for that reason, there are others who use it because they don't have paint.net or GIMP or whatever. So it's not ridiculous, it's being resourceful with what you have.
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Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
making the background transparent is a one time job if you save it as png...
the transparent beackground dont disappear only because you edit it again...
and removing the background is done in 1 click...
i dont care if you want to make tutorials of something so basic but if you do do it right pls... <.<
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I make my sprites in Paint, the transparency doesn't stay when I re-save it. Other people make their sprites in Paint, and this is for them. If you don't, then that's great. Just don't tell me I'm doing it wrong though. There's many different ways to attain the same results. Because like I said, not everyone has access to those fancy programs.
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Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
everyone who has internet connection should have access to these FREE programs but well some people cant even open their browser without help... <.<
and of course there are different ways to attain the same results but showing the long and much more complicated way in a TUTORIAL is realy unnecessary...
this here is a nice example how easy it can be to make transparent backgrounds...

[link]

i made in 2 min...
its pretty easy and people who cant make this themself should have a easy tut right? =P
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, internet connection is apart of it. But not everyone has the hardware space for these programs. Not everyone has their own computer that they can download what they want onto. Not everyone is tech savvy. When I started spriting I only had MS Paint, and only had it for 2 years. I've had at least 2 people in the last few months ask me how to do transparency, one of which didn't have access to a free program. Not everyone is in the same situation as you or me.

I don't know why you're making a big fucking fuss about this. I made my tutorial the way it is because I've read too many tutorials where the person didn't explain anything at all. When I make my tutorials, I assume that the person has no idea on what to do, so excuse me for being a little more helpful than some people. And if you think you're doing a better job, go upload what you made. Show me up for all I care, because honestly I don't give a shit anymore.
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Elusive-Umbreon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use something else for transparency...I make my sprites for my game pokemon celestial so I need to make them transpareent, lukily the engine I have allows me to allocate 1 collour on a sprite to be transparent and 1 colour to be translucent. thus allowing me to make the background collour (I usually use a saturated collour that dosen't appear on the sprite such as bright green with a prodominatly red and grey fire type) it even allows me to create a shadow effect on some sprites/tiles (dosen't work as well on battle sprites as it moves them to the left slightly) by drawing it in grey on the sprite and then making that grey the translucent collour.

the transparency on the actual sprite remains aswell, atleast I think so...when I click preview the background is white, when I open it in paint its the collour I assinged (lightgreen in our example) not sure how it would work in da though.

btw that program I'm talking about...its RPG maker XP
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From what I can gather, RPG maker only makes the sprite transparent in its own program. When you take the sprite out of program (as in, open/upload it somewhere else), it'll still have whatever you used for the background. So you'll probably have to use a different method of making transparency. This is a theory, so who knows if I'm right or not :s
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Elusive-Umbreon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll try it out sometime as an experiment...but if it dosen't work thats fine since it works in game and thats fine for me...plus its more difficult for people to steal sprites if they have a bg or something
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The-Godlings-Rapture Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly. Do what works for you~
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pressurized Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for those who don't have gimp or photoshop or some other program that does transparency, you can use iaza.com. it's completely free and simple.
that's what i do.
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