When answering a question, I've wanted to include large images that have an alpha channel, but not necessarily at their original size. When I append an m to the image URL to shrink it, the alpha channel disappears, and it looks ugly. Example:

Original: https://i.sstatic.net/vAsYY.png
enter image description here

Shrunk: https://i.sstatic.net/vAsYYm.png
enter image description here

Can I fix this?


1 Answer 1


This is because imgur provides a jpeg for the smaller version (yes, it still has the .png extension, but don't let that fool you). Jpeg doesn't support an alpha channel, so imgur replaces it with a solid color.

The only way around this is to resize yourself and upload two pngs, then link them like this:

[![Blender logo](https://small/image.png)](https://large/image.png)


Blender logo

  • $\begingroup$ That wasn't the answer I was hoping for :-( , but thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 0:23
  • $\begingroup$ Nice, I didn't know that despite compiling the posting images post years ago. Heh. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 1:54

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