There’s been a lot of discussion recently on the Studio Artist User Forum about working with alpha channels. While there is no need to get involved with alpha channels to build paint effects in Studio Artist, there is a full set of alpha channel features available for those of you who wish to use them. This post will run through a simple example of using a source image with a built in alpha channel, and also working with an Alpha Enabled canvas view for alpha compositing multiple layers.
The first gallery image below shows the Source Area with an image called Butterfly loaded as the current source image. This particular image, which we provide in the ‘A Few Source Images’ folder, is a TIFF image with a build in alpha channel.