RE: Distorted graphics in PDF - but NOT a compression problem

Subject: RE: Distorted graphics in PDF - but NOT a compression problem
From: Christine -dot- Anameier -at- seagate -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 13:31:29 -0600

Connie Giordano wrote: "Check the transparency of your gif files. If the
background is set to transparent, they will distort when converted to
PDF."

Thanks so much, Connie, for that helpful (and fast) tip! I went into
Photoshop and resaved a few GIFs without transparency, and they look fine
in the PDF. It's strange that the same GIFs that got distorted here at work
were normal in the PDF I made at home, but I'll worry about that detail
some other time. I'm just glad I can use GIFs now.

FWIW, transparency in Photoshop is more complicated than I realized. When I
created the original files, I created new images with a transparent
background. When I added a white layer underneath everything and saved as a
GIF (Photoshop 6), I assumed that the resulting GIF wouldn't have
transparency. Oops... it did. To fix it, I created a new file with a white
background, pasted my image into it, and saved it.

And to think I was blundering around in the registry...!

Maybe I should skip the summary--seems like that would be overkill, when my
problem was solved with one single reply. :) Thanks again.

Christine



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