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Saving image with alpha

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:02 am
by jscottsmith
1) Is there a way to override the forum's search settings? Apparently, "alpha" is too common a search term so I can't use it. Argh... that's my question. :/

2) Is there a way to save an image from Octane for SU with Alpha? I need to put a background plate outside the window in PhotoShop, but currently I'm stuck masking the windows and doors out by hand. Hopefully there's an easy fix I'm missing.

Re: Saving image with alpha

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:34 am
by FooZe
1) No, this is inbuilt and i somewhat agree it is a pain. Maybe someday i can see where phpBB is applying the limitation.
2) Make sure you enable the alpha channel in the kernel settings.

alpha-channel.jpg

Re: Saving image with alpha

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:38 am
by jscottsmith
1) Ok. Thanks.

2) Hmm. Not working for me. Could it have something to do with the glass material? Or the SU sky background?

Re: Saving image with alpha

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:47 am
by FooZe
jscottsmith wrote:1) Ok. Thanks.

2) Hmm. Not working for me. Could it have something to do with the glass material? Or the SU sky background?



A HDRI for the octane environment shouldn't matter, it should still save out alpha where you are seeing the environment.
But glass will matter, according to octane, glass is a material and blocks line-of-sight to the environment. If you want alpha where your glass is your will either need to remove the glass or set it's opacity to something less than 1 so that some rays go straight through, hit the environment and 'pick up' the alpha.

Hope that makes sense?

Re: Saving image with alpha

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:56 am
by jscottsmith
Yep. Makes sense. Thanks.