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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel System
If you've worked tediously on the perfect user picture, nicely masked to antialias against the background of the login window, you were no doubt chagrined when you found that Panther doesn't respect your mask when you selecting the image in the Accounts preference pane. This is because, for some odd reason, Panther insists on putting a white square around the image, regardless of whether you want it to or not. This did not happen in Jaguar, to my knowledge.

Anyway, the workaround for this is simple. Note that this works for TIFF images with alpha channels; I haven't tested other formats. Save the TIFF file and then just name it com.apple.user[UID]pictureCache.tiff and drop it in /Library/Caches. If your user ID is 501, then name the image com.apple.user501pictureCache.tiff. The Accounts preference pane will simply load the cached image without question or trying to put a white square around it.
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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel
Authored by: Dogcow on Nov 19, '03 04:39:07PM

THANK YOU!!!

I have numerous sweet login icons with alpha, but Panther has made them look hideous. Thanks a lot!



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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel
Authored by: Mitchell on Nov 19, '03 04:57:33PM

I did this with Jaguar and Panther both, by placing a tiff with alpha, saved uncompressed from Photoshop, in a new folder, "Family Members", under /Library/User Pictures/ .

It also appears to work with png graphics as well. My mail and iChat buddy icons do similar things to make everything look nice and sharp.



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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel
Authored by: blugel on Nov 20, '03 12:24:05AM

Great hint...except I sometimes use icons downloaded from, say, xicons.com as my user icon. Is there any way to accomplish this with those files, which aren't necessary 'graphic' files but plain old 'document' files?



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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel
Authored by: dfbills on Nov 20, '03 01:05:06AM

Yeah, report it to Apple as a bug!



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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel
Authored by: hangon on Nov 20, '03 05:33:34AM

can't understand...i don't have this bug under panther...my custom icons looks great with no square around them....weird



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10.3: Force image masks for user pictures on login panel (easy fix)
Authored by: a1291762 on Nov 27, '03 08:57:56AM

As hinted by others this isn't really a problem... (well, you don't need to go to such extreme lengths to solve it)

Panther adds the white square IF you drag an image to the image well on the accounts screen. If you put the image into /Library/User Pictures and select it from the list, that doesn't happen.



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