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This thread was archived on 4 October 2015 by ThePsionic.

Hi, I'd like clarification regarding images that need translucency. While I consider myself proficient enough with photoshop, a lot of the images in the category are damn near impossible to get done (see [1], [2]).

Be it because they have textures on their translucent parts or have waaay too much particles.

I'm aware of some of the guides here on the wiki about this, but they mostly cover the basic uses. I myself also tried multiple different approaches, and the ones that come out somewhat decent involve too much image manipulation, and I know that's not allowed.

I would like to know if this worth discussing in your eyes, and maybe even get a consensus on what needs to be done about this.  Dennoh Triangle sandwich detail.png 16:15, September 22, 2015 (UTC)

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Comment - I've said this before and I'll say it again: We need guides to this kind of stuff in the RuneScape: namespace. Guides on how to take an equipped image, how to transparency/translucency, etc. User talk:ThePsionic.png: RS3 Inventory image of User talk:ThePsionic ThePsionic Special:Contributions/ThePsionic.png: RS3 Inventory image of Special:Contributions/ThePsionic 16:18, September 22, 2015 (UTC)

Comment - Image manipulation is fine if it gets the job done. Many of our images are done this way, and it's sometimes necessary in cases like you have described. Some people might say otherwise, but the wiki really benefits the most by having the best images we can. Riblet15 03:02, September 23, 2015 (UTC)

Comment - IMO the practice of of removing the background in everything goes too far. For the example images linked in the OP, I think they look better than they would with translucency/transparency. The background of an image can give the foreground scale and context. For equipped items, sure, remove the background. It's irrelevant. For something mounted on a wall, to remove the wall is silly. --Saftzie (talk) 05:24, September 23, 2015 (UTC)

Things - A large number of problem images are things like items and monsters. With recent developments, those are actually going to be easy. We can easily get them with a plain background that is basically child's play.

But I know exactly what it's like to have trouble with translucency like this. The celestial dragon doesn't look too bad honestly, but if it's that much of an issue, you should pull an image from the bestiary and use that viewer's plane backgrounds. It would look really cool to have a bunch of aircraft in the background. Sorry, did I say plane? I meant plain.

As for the abyssal demon head, I don't think I have any real objections to leaving that file unaltered. After all, you can only ever see it on your wall. But we could also try it with a different wall, like whitewashed stone.

All in all, try your best to clean up any image. If you can't, just skip it and leave it tagged. In the few cases that are actually downright impossible, you can either boldly remove the tag or ask someone else what they think. MolMan 19:41, September 23, 2015 (UTC)

Closing - User has been advised and discussion is very unlikely to occur anymore. User talk:ThePsionic.png: RS3 Inventory image of User talk:ThePsionic ThePsionic Special:Contributions/ThePsionic.png: RS3 Inventory image of Special:Contributions/ThePsionic 20:36, October 4, 2015 (UTC)