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Importing images without backgrounds

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Is it possible to import an image from photoshop or illustrator without the background? I am trying to bring in images of irregularly shaped objects, but I don't want the rectangular white background that seems to show up automatically. In Illustrator it is possible to import a PSD as layers and delete the background layer. Is there any way to do this in VWorks?

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Yes, just Copy and Paste the image alone.

In Photoshop, use Wand to select the background, then Inverse Selection, then Copy.

In VW, Paste.

I've done this in version 8. I assume it still works, maybe better, in the newer versions. In any case, files with images pasted into v8 this way open correctly in v10.

Quixotically, any pure white pixels in the Photoshop image become transparent in VW (though they weren't included in the Wand selection). So to restore the white areas in the image you have to put a white solid of the same shape behind it.

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Try this-

Assuming the background you want to elimate is pure white, paste the image into your VW document, then using the Attributes pallet, set the Object (your image) fill color to None. This should make the white background disappear.

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that's it! thanks to both of you... the combination of both answers solved the problem! it's a simple matter of copying, pasting, and setting the fill to "none"! thanks again.

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Were you using a white or black background in Vectorworks (i.e. in the preferences). I have no fill when I import an image on a white background, but the same image has a fill on a black background...

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Shorter,

Could it be that you just can't see the white background around the image when the VectorWorks background is also white?

The test would be to put the image in front of something else (Send to Front) and see whether that something else gets covered up by the white part of the image.

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shorter,

i just tested out switching the backgound to black (in the preferences) on the file that I created before (the one with the silhouetted objects). It worked fine!

are you sure that you are dropping out the background properly?

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