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Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2018

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Imported a picture with transparent background, exports with a white background. I chose to export in Tiff format (that was original) with "save transparency" but background is still white. HELP!

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Export from Lightroom with a transparent background

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Aug 30, 2018

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Imported a picture with transparent background, exports with a white background. I chose to export in Tiff format (that was original) with "save transparency" but background is still white. HELP!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 30, 2018

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Lightroom does not support layers, so any export except ‘as original’ will flatten the image.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Aug 30, 2018

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I wonder why they have a "save transparency" setting if it won't save the transparency!  LOL  Frustrating!

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Aug 30, 2018

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I think the Save Transparency setting is for preserving transparent pixels in the single image layer. For example, LR can create panoramas that have transparent pixels along the borders.  The transparency of those pixels will be preserved by Save Transparency -- otherwise they'll be turned into white pixels.

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Aug 30, 2018

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Exporting with transparency works just fine for me. It works from png image originals with transparancy defined and from tiff images that have transparency done by using a layer that has "holes" in it and no background layer. It also works from warped images in Lightroom generated panos and images that have geometry transformations done. How are you doing the transparency in the original tiff?

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Aug 31, 2018

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I extracted an image from green screen, saved as a .tif then imported into lightroom to do some processing as some of my needed presets wouldn't show up in Camera Raw.  When I tried to open back into PS, the transparent background had been replaced with white thus nullifying the extraction!  I tried to save as tiff with save transparency but that didn't help.  Ended up going back to my original extractions and manually entering the presets I needed for Camera Raw.  Basically a loss of half a day!  for some reason, my Brush Adjustment presets in LR have stayed in the LRTemplate file path and are not recognized by CR.  I usually do my processing before extraction but the green screen can get distracting and I didn't realize those presets wouldn't be available!  Oh well.....

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Ah. Yeah that will happen when you open it back in Photoshop while choosing "Edit with lightroom adjustments" while having done brush adjustments in Lightroom. If you choose to edit the original, the transparency should be intact.

> for some reason, my Brush Adjustment presets in LR have stayed in the LRTemplate file path and are not recognized by CR.

The brush presets (as other presets) are not shared between ACR and Lightroom. You have to specifically install them in both places.

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I did actually save the adjustments in LR using the tif "save transparency" setting hoping that the transparent background would save but did not have any luck there.  Not sure what else I could do.  as for the brushes, I tried to install them directly into CR but they are in the wrong format to be recognized so I guess I'm out of luck until Adobe auto changes those pathways as well.  I have manually added the ones I used the most but what a pain!  lol

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 31, 2018

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The transparency seems to be the key. If you just have a normal layer (Layer 0) and no background layer, then the file gets flattened on export with Lightroom adjustments. But if you have real transparency (so some holes in that layer), then 'preserve transparency' does work.

So maybe what you think is transparent, is not really transparent but has a very low opacity. If that is the case, then the file will be flattened.

-- Johan W. Elzenga, http://www.johanfoto.com

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Sep 06, 2018

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The background was completely transparent as the image was "cut out" from the original background in PS so I don't think that is what is causing the image to be flattened.  It was saved as a tiff then imported in LR Classic.  There has to be something I'm doing wrong with the way I'm saving it.  LOL  I'll just remember to edit first then cut out or make sure the presets I need are in Camera Raw! 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 06, 2018

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It's very strange that it doesn't work for you. I tried it pretty

extensively now and no matter what I do development wise in Lightroom, the

transparency is retained after export when I check the checkbox. You can

even scale the image upon export and it scales the transparency just fine.

Perhaps the presets contain some setting that disables this? Does it set

the process version to an earlier version perhaps? I haven't tried whether

that matters.

On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 7:53 AM margueritew46131361 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Hmm,

just tried a file that has transparency (a photoshop tiff file with just a layer0 with holes in it and brushed all over it in Lightroom (including the transparent areas) and exported this file with the save transparency checkbox enabled and it maintained the transparency correctly. What version of Classic are you using?

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Sep 06, 2018

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version 7.5

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Mar 04, 2020

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The fact is that you have to save the original tiff in wich you have transparency with the option "save Transparency" checked. If you are no sure how your tiff is saved just save as and overwrite the original with a new tiff with save transparency checked. If you do that LR export with correct transparency applied, that is:

- no matter haw many layers you have in the original tiff, LR flatten out visible image into one layer, transparency remains

- you can have clipping mask on the original tiff in visible layers, they will be applied

- you can develop original tiff changing whatever parameter in LR, it will affect only visible part during export

- final tiff will be all correction + developing preset in LR + clipping mask in original TIFF flatten out in single layer TIFF with transparency

 

Hope this would help,

cheers

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