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Google Images Don't Show Transparency Anymore?

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March 29, 2014 8:30:44 PM

Hey Forum!
I've noticed something wrong with my Google Images search recently.. Normally when I search for an image that has a transparent background, I'd see the tiny white and grey boxes behind it, indicating that it is in fact transparent. Now for some reason I don't see them, all I see is just white, even though the image is in fact transparent. I've tried all the browsers you could name, and nothing has worked. It's something that really annoys me as a Photoshop'er, I use a lot of images with transparent backgrounds. Could it be my GPU Drivers? I wouldn't think, but I could always do the Uninstall/Reinstall anyways, just please help me out!

What I've Tried:
Resetting All Broswer Settings/Clearing The Cache/Cookies.
Uninstalling/Reinstalling The Browsers.
Cleaning Registries (Making Backups Of Course).
Running Disk Defragments, Disk Cleanups, General Defragging.


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March 29, 2014 8:35:31 PM

I would expect it's more a case of google changing their code.
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March 29, 2014 8:36:28 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
I would expect it's more a case of google changing their code.


Could you try to test this out on your own browser and tell me if you see the transparent boxes?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 29, 2014 8:40:36 PM

Actually, it looks like it will only show the transparent background if you go to Search Tools>Color>Transparent.
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March 29, 2014 8:49:34 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Actually, it looks like it will only show the transparent background if you go to Search Tools>Color>Transparent.


It's still showing with the white background..
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a b $ Windows 7
March 29, 2014 8:51:50 PM

Opera 12.16, Kubuntu 13.10.

Will try it on a Windows box.

EDIT: Shows up on Chromium under Kubuntu, and also Opera 12.16 and IE11 on Windows 7.

It does need to finish loading the image before it applies the background, though. Hit and miss in IE.
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March 29, 2014 8:53:00 PM

Okay, thanks for going to these extents for something that "Might" seem like a small deal to others.
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March 29, 2014 9:03:19 PM

Note that it's only showing the crosshatch background when you click on it, bringing it near full screen. When there's piles of them on the screen, it's still got a white background.
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March 29, 2014 9:06:44 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Note that it's only showing the crosshatch background when you click on it, bringing it near full screen. When there's piles of them on the screen, it's still got a white background.


Could you show me some examples possibly?
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March 29, 2014 9:54:47 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Click here.

It should look like this.



Second link doesn't work.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 29, 2014 9:56:40 PM

Does for me...

Try it again. What's the error?
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March 29, 2014 10:01:05 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Does for me...

Try it again. What's the error?


It just simply doesn't load.. It stays loading, and loading, and loading, then it says it failed to connect,
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March 29, 2014 10:04:15 PM

Sorry, looks like I was having a bit of an issue with uploading the wrong file. Should work fine now.
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March 30, 2014 12:02:29 AM

Of the links I could view, one is the basic HTML version of Google Image Search, and the other is the rich HTML version using some Java scripts. The basic version will be displayed if you have slow connection or if you are logged in and the default view type has not been set to the rich version. The basic style will also be displayed if you have chosen to block scripts in your browser settings or a plug-in such as NoScript.

Differences are the basic will only display a finite number of images for each search page. The rich version will have an infinite scroll. Also, the basic version will render the cached thumbnail images from Google's servers which are served to the basic version of Image Search as JPG files.

You can see for yourself if you right click an image in the basic version to view the image info or save the file. There you will see the file type as JPG and not a PNG, SVG, etc.

So you have some options. You can browse while logged in to your Google account after updating your Image Search settings. Be sure you have allowed scripts to run in your browser. Or if you are using a slower connection, chose to view the rich version of image search.

When you are served the basic (old) version after an image search, a yellow dialog box should appear right below the search box. It will inform you that you may be using a slower connection and will ask if you would like to continue with the basic version or reload using the newer-rich version. If this dialog does not appear, clear the cookies and cache of your browser.
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March 30, 2014 12:11:17 AM

Ah. That might be it - I'm on a reasonable DSL line, and I've got infinite scroll.
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March 30, 2014 12:15:00 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Ah. That might be it - I'm on a reasonable DSL line, and I've got infinite scroll.


You have infinite scroll AND you are not seeing the transparency checkerboard for files with transparencies?
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March 30, 2014 12:17:58 AM

I have infinite scroll, but I am seeing the checkerboard. The second link is a screenshot of me seeing it.
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March 30, 2014 12:34:20 AM

Macrocious said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Does for me...

Try it again. What's the error?


It just simply doesn't load.. It stays loading, and loading, and loading, then it says it failed to connect,


If the page is timing out, you are having connection problems. Can you load other websites? Can you load regular Google Search? From what you have said, all leads to either a connection or a speed/bandwidth problem.

Someone Somewhere said:
I have infinite scroll, but I am seeing the checkerboard. The second link is a screenshot of me seeing it.


Then you are being served the super-mega-fancy rich Image Search results.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 30, 2014 12:39:32 AM

The site that image is hosted on is mine, from a free web-hosting site. It seems to be working fine for me, across two different connections.

Yup.
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March 30, 2014 1:15:05 AM

Macrocious said:

It just simply doesn't load.. It stays loading, and loading, and loading, then it says it failed to connect,


I have taken the liberty of shrinking and re-uploading Someone Somewhere's image to Imgur.

Try loading the image from here: http://imgur.com/x8D6NoP
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March 30, 2014 10:19:39 AM

jFiveNYC said:
Macrocious said:

It just simply doesn't load.. It stays loading, and loading, and loading, then it says it failed to connect,


I have taken the liberty of shrinking and re-uploading Someone Somewhere's image to Imgur.

Try loading the image from here: http://imgur.com/x8D6NoP


It still doesn't show the transparency, this is frustrating me. :( 
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March 30, 2014 1:58:56 PM

I found out it was just my monitors contrast was too high, and they were blending together. .-. Thanks for all who helped!
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a b $ Windows 7
March 30, 2014 3:42:55 PM

Ah well, looks like it's another case of the OP getting the BA.
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March 30, 2014 7:16:05 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Ah well, looks like it's another case of the OP getting the BA.


Ahhhh. The OP's solution is hilarious!!

My AOL connection isn't working...(90 minutes of troubleshooting later)..... You mean I need telephone service for AOL?!?!:pt1cable: 
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