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Image Transparency

Kelsey 4 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 3 years ago 12

I don't know if this is suggested fully here. I've made a few emails about it back before this forum system so I don't know the status of this but I think that transparent backgrounds for images could be a good idea.


When we upload a .PNG file with a transparent background it uploads it to be like a .jpg kinda file with a white background and some small quality loss. It's not a HUGE deal but I think we should be able to have some transparent images haha


Not sure if I'm like the only one who even really wants this but I think it could be good. :D

(If this is like...on the way or something, sorry 'bout that! Also, first time typing here and I'm nervous, sorry if this is super badly written.)

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Hey all!


Lots of votes on this one; proper transparent PNG support is something that I think would be valuable on FN, though I do have some concerns about file size.


Image quality degradation is actually something we should address separately - see this thread for more info and to vote / lend your voice: https://support.furrynetwork.com/topics/556-maintain-image-quality-after-upload/


What if we simply made the way the site handles the 'background color' more consistent? Eg, made it so the transparent background color was always the same as the site's background color?


Not decided anything yet - just looking at options and what people are looking for, so we can consider them!


Thanks,


Varka

I'm wanting this feature too!

Even if it wasn't truly transparent, being able to select a background color aside from white would be helpful.

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It got a little weirder for me. Uploaded an image with transparent parts and they appear white on thumbnails and black on previews. The inconsistency isn't a deal-breaker or anything but it DOES make it a little strange to look at.

I often make images with transparent backgrounds, so to have it so that transparent backgrounds work out a little better with the site would be fantastic.

Also, it would be nice to see transparency in cropped icons!

Please yes. PNG transparency compliance should be a mandatory feature on any website at this point in time. I actually don't care about animated GIFs (a gimmick), but I do about transparency.

I'd disagree with saying that animated gifs are a gimmick. Some people like to create gif animations as art, I have a number of animated user icons, including pixel art ones in the style of the starfox character communication boxes.]

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Absolutely. Transparency is a must both for preserving quality and potential functionality [if the artist loses their own files they may want to grab it from the site for use in other pieces or to create telegram stickers for example.]

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Under review

Hey all!


Lots of votes on this one; proper transparent PNG support is something that I think would be valuable on FN, though I do have some concerns about file size.


Image quality degradation is actually something we should address separately - see this thread for more info and to vote / lend your voice: https://support.furrynetwork.com/topics/556-maintain-image-quality-after-upload/


What if we simply made the way the site handles the 'background color' more consistent? Eg, made it so the transparent background color was always the same as the site's background color?


Not decided anything yet - just looking at options and what people are looking for, so we can consider them!


Thanks,


Varka

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I must admit that the concern about transparent .png file size is rather baffling when FN already allows uploads of up to 32MB for individual images, as indicated by FN's own blog post? I honestly think most people will find it difficult to exceed that limitation— I myself have made multiple detailed 11x14in/600PPI prints, and they rarely exceed 12MB as a .png. Not that I would consider uploading those instead of a .jpg for web display...

But when I upload a transparent image— I expect it to be transparent.


If I wanted a background added to the image I would have done it myself!

I would be alright with a background fill that matches the site colors, but proper transparency support would be significantly better.

PNGs create transparency in one of two ways. One of these methods employs the same approach used by GIFs, with a single color defined as transparent, and the other is to set an alpha channel . One of the advantages of PNG single-color transparency is that it doesn't remove a color from the available palette. However, the alpha channel isa much smoother method, as it is far better at blending colors, and allows you to select different levels of transparency in specific regions. The transparent areas of the PNG will blend and adjust naturally to whatever is behind the image when the background of the page isn't a solid white or black color.

Good information for us to have, Rahul. We're going to look into this in the future - it's not a high priority item right now, but I do want to address this when possible.