Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: [HOW TO]Preserve Alpha Channel for Start Orb BMP's

22 Feb 2010   #1
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 
[HOW TO]Preserve Alpha Channel for Start Orb BMP's

Hi all,

I've found a small utility to convert transparent PNG's to BMP's preserving the Alpha Channel.

1. Select BMP in the dropdown and check the "Convert only 32-bit images (with alpha channel").
2. Drag and Drop the transparent PNG image and the BMP will be created in the same folder.

I've used it in all my start orbs and it works perfectly. (No more black box on hover)




Attached Files
File Type: zip Alpha Image Convertor.zip (452.6 KB, 1310 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Feb 2010   #2
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Interesting, this will come in very helpful. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #3
ZaLiTH

Win7 Ult x64 / Win8.1 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 14.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gladson1976 View Post
Hi all,

I've found a small utility to convert transparent PNG's to BMP's preserving the Alpha Channel.

1. Select BMP in the dropdown and check the "Convert only 32-bit images (with alpha channel").
2. Drag and Drop the transparent PNG image and the BMP will be created in the same folder.

I've used it in all my start orbs and it works perfectly. (No more black box on hover)
This looks cool... I only just got into making Start Orbs last night, this should be pretty helpful until I figure out the proper BMP settings.

As my post here explains, I was creating a straight BMP file, not a PNG file and trying to convert it. Does this util only support converting from PNG to BMP? In all honesty, I think it would be easier to just figure out what settings need to be used for the BMP and work with that directly.

I think I've figured out what went wrong though; my BMP is 24-bit, not 32-bit. I'm going to play with a few things tonight and see what happens.. Still, thanks for sharing this app.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


24 Feb 2010   #4
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

24-bit bitmaps don't support alpha channels.

32-bit bitmaps have 24 bits for 3 colors (8 each for Red, Green and Blue) and one extra bit for Alpha. Since you cant have 1 bit sticking out, its considered as 1 byte (8-bits). So it becomes 32-bit.

BTW, I've used the same method to create the Start Orbs in the Custom Start Menu Button Collection thread
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 [HOW TO]Preserve Alpha Channel for Start Orb BMP's




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Any drawbacks to mixing single-channel and dual-channel for RAM?
Hi, I currently have 2x2GB Corsair DDR3 1333MHz RAM which I had bought around 3 years ago. I am currently thinking of upgrading to 8GB. However, my vendor tells me that 2GB sticks are no longer available for Corsair and that I have to either get a 4GB or 8GB stick. My current 2x2GB runs in...
Hardware & Devices
Single channel VS Dual Channel RAM performance boost?
Hi.. So as usual im an idiot and i looked into my case and am still debating if my ram really should sit right next to eachother and i started Speccy and it said that i had single channel ram 2 different channels with 16GB total. I got confused becouse the motherboard manual said i should put the...
Hardware & Devices
Dual Channel Suddenly Stopped Working, Only Single Channel Remains
Hey everyone http://m.bestofmedia.com/sfp/images/design/usr/smilies/smile.gif I got a bit of a problem here, and I'm at a loss on what to do to fix it. Some background about the situation would be a good place to start. A few days ago I came home from work and found my PC in a "lights are...
Hardware & Devices
dual channel ram in quad channel inputs.
im looking at a lga 2011 x79 board. namely this one> Newegg.com - ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard but am looking at this ram> Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model...
Hardware & Devices
Channel 9 to swallow Channel 8, Channel 10, Coding4Fun
Channel 9 is being renamed "Revolution 9," which will swallow up the Channel 8, Chanel 10, and Coding4Fun websites. Full Story: Channel 9 to swallow Channel 8, Channel 10, and Coding4Fun - Ars Technica
News
Paint.NET (Alpha) 3.50.3424.34110 Alpha
Something some of you guys might find useful. :) Latest Changes - source:Fileforum
Software

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:35.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App