Non Rectangular or Transparent Layers

Non rectangular layers

Photo Jumble v.2.5 can works with non rectangular layers with alpha mask. You may create these layers by loading alpha masked image into layers. Current version supports three alpha masked file formats:

1 - Four channels uncompressed RGBA .TIF files.
2 - Four channels compressed PNG .PNG files.
3 - Our own Photo Jumble Object .PJO file format.

Four channels uncompressed RGBA .TIF format is good in all ways except of it's file size. 500 x 500 pixels image in this format has about 1 MB size. We think it will be too much waste for traffic if we will distribute these files for downloading. Especially for the web distribution we designed or own .PJO file format. The same 500 x 500 pixels image in .PJO  format is 10 times smaller and has less than 100 kB size. That way you may download some alpha masked libraries from our site in .PJO file format, and create your own libraries in 4 channels uncompressed RGBA .TIF files format.

To create your own RGBA .TIF files you need some third party graphic editor like Photoshop or Gimp. You need to trace object with lasso (or scissors) tool, create a selection around the object and save this selection as a new channel. The image below shows sea shell photo in RGBA .TIF format opened in Photoshop.

Transparent Tiff in PhotoShop

When you create objects for Photo Jumble libraries you must finish editing with similar four channel image and save it in .TIF format file with no compression.

Sometimes it is good idea to contract and/or soften selection edges before saving selection as the new image channel.

We recommend you make all images in the library with the same aspect ratio. Even if real objects have different width/height aspects we recommend to fit them into same aspect rectangle before cutting off background.

Bad library: images have different proportions:
Bad library, images have different proportions

Good library: the same images have the same proportions:
Good library, the same images have the same proportion:

When you create a new RGBA library with New Library Screen dialogue you need to select RGBA library mode and use a higher sampling ratio. We recommend to use sampling about 12 or 14 for RGBA libraries.

Layers Border are not working properly with transparent layers. You need to uncheck "Rectangular Layers with Borders" check box at the Page Setup dialogue to enter masked layers mode:

Non rectangular shadow mode.

Please see Layers Options - Borders and Shadows topic for more details.
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