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Have you ever been working on a tutorial in which you wanted to show transparency? Have you ever needed to save an image as JPEG or BMP but still wanted to show transparency? This render plugin draws a checkboard similar to the one shown in Paint.NET permanently to the layer.

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Or chequerboard if you're a little European, as Simon is.

Useful plugin as always, Simon, well done.

Wait, is that a screenshot of the plugin at work?! Are you feeling okay, Simon? ;)

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I'd offer up my SVN server as a place for the code to live, but that system's been gutted; its drives are all in other machines or dismantled, and it has no network card. No NIC = no server. I'm not entirely sure it even has a processor at the moment...

Its OS drive is actually the one being used in this machine right now, unmodified, so it still has all the stuff it would need to act as a server, but this box has huge power-suckers of a GPU and CPU, not to mention the fact that it's liquid cooled and thus overclocked to hell*. It has a tendency to spin the meter, not to mention serve as a makeshift space heater.

*Normally that works the other way around...

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I know you worked hard on this, but couldn't you just un-check all other layers or make a # of copies to make points on the 1 you're focusing on at a step?

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I know you worked hard on this, but couldn't you just un-check all other layers

 

That won't allow you to save an image with a chequerboard in it. If you save as JPEG/BMP or use software that doesn't show a chequerboard you'll just get a white/normal background.

 

or make a # of copies to make points on the 1 you're focusing on at a step?

 

I don't understand this.

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I don't understand this.

@ any particular step in a tutorial, you may be making a point focusing on 1 part of the image(e.g. a source image), then you may be focusing on various effects applied only to a part of the image, or only to a certain layer. For each of those steps, you might make a different copy of that work, which is all layers & times before & after effects & adjustments are made; & for each of those steps you might save a copy featuring only the part of the image you're focusing on & a transparent layer. But

 

That won't allow you to save an image with a chequerboard in it. If you save as JPEG/BMP or use software that doesn't show a chequerboard you'll just get a white/normal background.

 

Thank you for clearing that up.

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