gif and transparencies - info for log

Lile Elam ((no email))
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 13:50:10 -0800

Hi folks,

I just found this on ba.internet of all places... thought it
would be good for our FAQ...


Lile Elam | "a brush in hand, a wisp of wind, she sighs | knowing that this will be the great one..." | -lile

>From Fri Jan 27 12:01:59 1995
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 1995 12:08:05 -0800
From: Lile Elam <>
Subject: gifs
X-Newsreader: NN version 6.5.0 #1 (NOV)

>Newsgroups: ba.internet
>From: (Mark Lanett)
>Subject: Re: Gifs for Netscape
>Message-ID: <>
>Organization: Etch-a-Sketch Analysis and Design
>References: <3fv7fc$>
>Date: Mon, 23 Jan 1995 07:10:20 GMT
>Lines: 16 (KellieGirl) writes:

>Are there any creative people out there help me with a gif problem? I've
>been designing/authoring web pages, but have had only inconsistent success
>at making my gif backgrounds appear transparent in Netscape. I use
>Photoshop for the mac. Could it be that I'm saving my gifs in the wrong
>color mode? (I use 8-bit indexed color.) HELP!

When turning it into 8-bit indexed color use "System Palette" and diffusion
dither. That should produce the best results in the short term. (in the long
term, web browsers will use two passes and it won't matter much how you build

Mark ((former) author of Mac Netscape)

Mark Lanett            "...a bajillion brilliant Jobsian lithium licks"