Productivity Tech Tip: Images that POP off the page!

by Jess Samuels

In the business of student affairs you wear many hats.  For those of you who sometimes find yourself making flyers for events, you are likely looking for the quickest way to get something done without sacrificing visual appeal.  As someone who regularly makes graphics for my office, non-profits, and the NEACUHO Navigator newsletter one of my most utilized tricks has been Instant Alpha.

Instant Alpha is a Mac only trick, so you PC folks can do things the long old fashioned way in photoshop (or you can buy a Mac 😉 )

Here’s how it works:

1. You find a image you want to go on your flyer that doesn’t have a transparent background.  White or black backgrounds works best, but anything without a lot of variation can work.

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2. In Mac Pages, Keynote, or Preview you select “Instant Alpha” from the format menu.

 

3. Select the space around the object and expand the circle to to make the area transparent.

 

4. Voilà! You have a wonderful image that really POPS off the page.

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Productivity Tech Tip: Images that POP off the page!

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