re-inventing Transparency: A better solution than the grid!

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I find the grid simulation of transparency lacking. Either the grid has the wrong brightness for your image, or you miss out on those border pixel that just happens to be in a white square when extracting something by hand. And then when you're done, you see that your work looks great on black and white, but not on medium gray!

Why not try a different approach that seems more useful, that 8-bit paint programs have been using for ages to make something visible on any background: Flashing! You simply define a hotkey that exchanges the grid with a solid color that flashes through a predefined gradient/colorcycle in a definable timespan! If you make it slow enough, it's not annoying - and you can always switch back to the grid if you're too annoyed by the flashing!
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Peter Schwarz

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  • anxious to actually see that

Posted 5 years ago

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David Jensen

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I like this idea.

I currently use a script to cycle through background colors. It's not live, but it takes just one keystroke to change the color. It also draws a thick line around anything that has any opacity, to make it easier to find those little hard-to-see bits. Hmmm... I should release the script on my website. Would that be useful to you?
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Peter Schwarz

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Yeah, why not, sounds good! I do know the technique of using outlines to show the hard-to-see bits when cleaning up transparent areas, i usually simply put a wide stroke layer effect onto it, that serves the same purpose and can be cleaned up "live" using the rubber (or a layer mask) without running a script! ;-)