Hi all, I want to create some scrolling text in a patch for a Help file (or some other artsey purpose ;) I'm pretty sure I'll just make the text as an image rather than using the Comment box (because the Comment box seems to resize itself and screw up the formatting... any thoughts on that too?)
I'm going to just put the long vertical text-picture into a bpatcher and provide controls for scrolling up and down, speeds, and a slider (all using the offset message to the embedded thispatcher). That part is straightforward. What I'd like to do is have several small "fade zones" towards the top and bottom of where the textbox/pic scrolls. Purely aesthetic reasons -- the text would look like it "fades" in and out at the top and bottom -- i.e., goes behind a rectangular pic with a gradient from (background color) to (transparent).
No problem to make the pics in Photoshop, and no problem using them in other programs that let you add transparent images. However, when I add them in Max it looks like there's a flat "on/off" line of transparency rather than a smooth fade. I tried GIF and PNG-24. Would I want to use a pictcontrol? or just the picture from PICT file?