Pictures are moved back and forth between GraphicConverter and the
Palace Prop Editor by using the clipboard. If you can open both
applications at the same time, great if not, you'll need to use the
Scrapbook as a go-between. Personally, I prefer using the scrapbook
even with adequate memory to run GraphicConverter and Palace
together I just find it easier to keep track of everything that way.
Prop Transparency in GraphicConverter
Looking into the invisible regions.
The transparency mask is not preserved when pasting pictures
back and forth between programs. My method to deal with this is to
place the picture on a flat background color that I'm sure I won't be
using in the av picture itself. Usually an extreme green or blue
("bluescreen," heh). The color I usually use is [R51 G255
B0] (or [13107 65535 0] using Apple's Color Picker). This is a color
that's already in the Palace color map, so GraphicConverter will never
Here's an example using a photo of singer James Brown.
Once the picture is in the Palace Prop Editor, you can
easily delete the odd-colored areas with the eraser. Holding
down the Control key while erasing will quickly fill-erase large
areas of contiguous color.
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Copying from the Palace prop editor, the transparent areas
will go black. If your prop had black edges, you won't know
where they are any more! There are two good solutions for
Of course, you might just want to do it
the sleazy way.
- Since you've been saving a copy of the original prop
in GraphicConverter, you may have also saved the mask. You did
save the original pic, didn't you? Didn't you?
- Position the prop on some flat-colored background other than
black, and do a screen grab. The illustration here was made in the
"Onyx Room" I painted a blue blob behind the av, then
hit the Mac "snapshot" FKey (Cmd-Shift-3). The resulting
(RGB) picture is then cropped-down to just the region I need, and
I can select the blue with the magic wand, invert the selection,
and voila I get just the av.