How to export as PNG without the transparency effect being flattened

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Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

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Hello. I'm trying to save a piece of artwork that has a section of it using the overlay transparenct blend effect on. I'm exporting as as PNG with transparent background, with the idea that the image can then be placed over the top of any photo and that particular part of the photo with have the blue overlay effect on. However, when I'm exporting, and then dragging the PNG over the top of a photo, the overlay effect isn't there and instead it's just plain blue. Does anyone have any ideas how I can export as a transparent PNG with the overlay effect still in place? Thanks!

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PNG can't support Illustrator-native blend modes in the way you're expecting.

 

Without more context, it's difficult to make sense of your description. If you have the blue swoosh in your composition, with a successfully applied blend mode, what is the reason for exporting it to a raster format, then attempting to replicate the same blend mode effect with the raster image? (And, in case it matters, did you try setting the exported-then-placed raster image's blend mode to Overlay?) 

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Hi John, many thanks for the reply. Basically the swoosh element needs to be saved as a transparent PNG so that my customer can put it over the top of any of their images. They only have basic computing skills and have no access to the likes of Illustrator. The reason I myself put the PNG back into Illustrator was just to test it.

 

Not sure if you see the 2 attachments on my original post, but it's only a section of the swoosh that has the overlay effect on.

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PNG files support basic transparency, but not any blend modes.

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