Xara Webster - Creating Bitmaps from Objects
You can create a bitmap from objects in your document.
The bitmaps can be virtually any size, use any number
of colors and can even use a mask (include see-through
To see a movie, click here.
To Create a Bitmap from Objects
- Select the objects.
- From the Arrange Menu, choose Create Bitmap Copy.
- In the dialog box, set the size you want the bitmap.
- Set the number of colors.
- Choose the dithering type.
- Choose the palette type (browser or optimized, see the local help for more details).
- If you select the Transparency (mask) option in the
dialog box, the bitmap will be see-through where there
are no objects. For example, if you create a transparent
bitmap of a circle, the bitmap will be circular, not
Masked (Transparent) Bitmaps
If you select the Transparency option, this means the bitmap can
have areas which are 'see-through'. This simple masking is extremely
basic, but allows the removal of the background from pictures. To
create a masked bitmap select the Transparency option when you
create the bitmap, any areas not covered by objects are left
completely see-through in the file.
- If you want to know how to make the edges of your bitmap smooth so they
blend seamlessly into their background, see
Creating Smooth Bitmap Edges.
- If you are creating bitmaps for the web, you might find it useful to
use Create Bitmap Copy to see what the final bitmap will look like.
- To create a bitmap copy quickly, right-click on one of the selected
objects to open the pop-up menu and choose Create Bitmap Copy.
- If you hold down SHIFT when you click the Create button in the
dialog box, the bitmap will be created on top of the selected objects.
Note that this may mean it looks like nothing has changed after the
bitmap has been created.
- Bitmaps can look like they are of a lower quality than normal if they
are not shown at a high enough magnification.
- Select the Add System Colors option to add 28 fixed colors to the palette. These colors
are the normal Windows system colors and a number of primary colors. This ensures
the palette includes a spread of colors and may improve the quality of the image, particularly
if it contains a wide range of colors. You may need to experiment with this option to get the
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