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Exporting with transparencies (feature request)

A topic by harris.hoffman created 13 days ago Views: 104 Replies: 2
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If you're not aware, your fantastic generator has recently been picked up by the Wonderdraft community to create  extra spiffy city maps. Here's a video detailing the current process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp_setc0EBM He's exporting a png and working in Photoshop, but exporting an svg and working in Illustrator is actually easier.

Either way, both processes have a slowdown because they have to manually remove the background and water from each image. If the City Generator had the option to only export certain layers, it would make it a much more streamlined process. That way we could kick out a png with transparency from the City Generator, and import it directly into Wonderdraft. No extra programs or editing knowledge needed.

It's a fantastic and easy to use app, I just wanted to toss in my suggestion for improvement.

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I actually thought about adding PSD as an option for export and placing different elements of a map into different layers there. That's what you are asking about more or less, right? I don't  know though how complex this file format is - I wouldn't want to spent more time on implementing this than on the generator itself.

But is it that hard to remove the background and water areas from an svg? Each of them is contained within its own group which effectively should work as Photoshop layers (just a guess really).

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"That's what you are asking about more or less, right? "

It is, yeah. I think the ideal process would be to export as a png with transparency already in place. That way, there's no steps in the middle with Photoshop or Pllustrator. It would speed workflow and let people who don't have image editing ability to still use the tools together.

Thanks so much for making this cool generator.