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Hi Crew!

I've just spent several hours trying to solve this problem and delved deeper into transparency settings in vectors files than I knew existed (it gets VERY deep) and created more than 10 files which produce varying degrees of failed transparency. I'll keep at this tomorrow, but I've updated the problem section with the problematic SVG as well as a link to a pristine Illustrator file;

And in answer to Christopher, I wouldn't usually burden this list with proprietary formats like PSD and AI but this is a special circumstance. Besides, the /tool/ isn't important, it's the contribution that counts, not the vendor. I'm pretty sure the developers wouldn't turn down a script written using Aptana rather than Eclipse =)

On 3/23/2011 11:23 AM, Rob Cummings wrote:
There's a spray can tool in Inkscape that allows you to paint a pattern
composed of a vector shape. You can change the parameters to randomize
placement, scale, rotation, etc. Using one shiny new green-gadient triangle
as the original pattern, it's actually quite simple to reproduce the scatter
pattern. The only thing it doesn't do is randomize the alpha, though the
original pattern shape can use a gradient with transparency values.  Using
shapes with different overall alpha values could get us what we want.
Hi Rob,
I used similar tools in Illustrator to begin with, but to achieve a harmonic result, it requires a lot of manual shifting and adjusting, it actually took a lot of time to achieve a composition that sat well (balanced+organic). In any case, the randomizing of Alpha is the important part and the only problematic part so far. The vectors and placement are intact, as are the shapes/colours/scale/rotation. Hopefully it won't come to having to re-create the composition. I'll keep at it, if all else fails, I can provide the vectors alone without alpha and we can layer them (in a way that would be less effective than the current screening alpha, but is better than nothing). Thanks for helping with this! =)
I can try a couple things, but it won't be until tomorrow morning (eastern
US time).


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