if this is for a one shot deal, JASC Paint Shop Pro has a free 30-day trial and is fabulous (at least, it was from versions 3-5 or so, when I gained access to the Adobe product, & decided to use it for "industry standard" cred. I'm sure it's still good, though the site suggests an added "user-friendliness" that makes me suspicious). As I recall (and again, this is from a while back), it had all the functionality of Photoshop... but costs like $100. -BEN ----- Original Message ----- From: "Timothy J. Luoma" <lists at tntluoma.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 1:00 AM Subject: [thelist] anyone know a good (cough free cough) tool for making image backgrounds transparent? > > Ok, well I've spent far too long on this and haven't gotten anywhere but > frustrated. > > Does anyone know a good piece of software for Win32 (preferably free) > that makes it easy to take out the background of a picture (leaving it > transparent)? > > I have a very special reason for doing this .... namely I've got a cute > picture of my kid I want to show off ;-) > > After 2 hours I'm 90% of the way there but I just cannot get this > cleaned up any better and know that I'm missing something. > > (Unfortunately I only have the LE version of Photoshop that came with my > digicam, and the wife will definitely NOT allow me to spent a month's > mortgage on the full version ;-) > > http://tntluoma.com/temp/ethan.html > > Any clues/tips appreciated. > > TjL > > -- > 30 Days to becoming an Opera Lover > http://www.tntluoma.com/switch > Day 25: Opera does Plug-ins (better than the other guys) too > http://tntluoma.com/opera/lover/day25-plugins/ > > > -- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of thelist go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !