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Re: Transparent background with PNG

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  • Subject: [mg96920] Re: Transparent background with PNG
  • From: Stonewall Ballard <stoneyb at>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 06:13:24 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <gnm1o0$hgg$>

On Feb 20, 5:47 am, replicator... at wrote:
> Hi,
> how can I save an image to PNG format (eg. a simple plot), with the
> (white) background being transparent? I understand that PNG export
> supports alpha channel, but have no clue how to instruct Mathematica
> to exploit it.

This seems to be excessively obscure, but I got a png with a
transparent background this way (in V7):

plotImage = Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 2}]

bkgImage =
 Image[ConstantArray[{0., 0., 0., 0.},
   Reverse[ImageDimensions[plotImage]]], ColorSpace -> "RGB"]

compImage = ImageCompose[bkgImage, plotImage]

Export["~/Desktop/compImage.png", compImage]

It seems that composing the graphic against a transparent image gives
it an alpha channel.

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