When importing images to use for overlays, logos, and lower-thirds, there are several steps to follow. You want to ensure that these images retain their transparency, so that they can be overlaid onto your videos without seeing a white or black background with the image.

Importing your images into Switcher Studio with the Switcher Cloud

  1. Create your graphic with a transparent background. No colored backgrounds should be used, even if they are solid black or solid white.
  2. Save your graphic as a .png file with transparency intact.
  3. Log into switcherstudio.com on your computer with your email address and password.
  4. Select Switcher Cloud from the menu on the left-hand side.
  5. In the top-right corner, choose Upload.
  6. Click the grey Choose File button.
  7. Import your .png into your Switcher Cloud.

Importing your .png files into Switcher Studio with Google Drive or Dropbox

  1. Create your graphic with a transparent background. No colored backgrounds should be used, even if they are solid black or solid white.
  2. Save your graphic as a .png file with transparency intact.
  3. Use either Google Drive or Dropbox to import your graphic into Switcher Studio. This guide will help you with this process.
  4. Import your graphic into Switcher Studio as a Corner Bug. Then, drag the graphic to where it needs to be located on your video's screen while in the Edit mode. You can use pinch-to-zoom to make the graphic bigger or smaller.

Breaking your .png files' transparency

When importing your .png images with Google Drive or Dropbox, they should be imported directly from the device used to make them. If you created and saved the .png on your computer, use that computer to import into Google Drive or Dropbox. If you created and saved the .png on your phone or tablet, then use that phone or tabled to import into Google Drive or Dropbox.

You do not want to use Apple AirDrop or Apple iCloud to transfer the files at all. Both of these methods break the transparency of .png files when used, whether you are intending to use Switcher Studio or not. Your graphic must go only through processes #1-4 above in order to leave them transparent.

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