I built the same sort of cover recently. It took some doing to figure  
it out. Frame Help was less than helpful.

I am using Frame 9 (Virtual Windows XP on a Mac), so I don't know if  
this is supported in earlier versions, but my EPS graphic with  
transparency floats quite nicely over my cover background graphics,  
which are in PNG. (I had no luck with GIF or PNG formats, which also  
support transparency, but not in Frame.)

The EPS should come with at TIF preview--a grainy b/w representation  
of the graphic. You can place that. It doesn't look good on the  
screen, but it PDFs nicely.

The biggest problem with EPS is that it makes your files bigger. The  
cover alone accounts for half the size of my PDF for a 40-page document.

Jenny

On Jun 1, 2009, at 6:41 PM, Ken Poshedly wrote:

> Well, first, thanks to all for your tips to help me get a good TOC
> generated. I'm still working on that one, and while it hasn't
> happened so far, I did find that several graphics pasted into some
> reference pages from another document by my (not-so-FrameMaker-savy)
> coworker resulted in prompts to find the path to them each time some
> of these files were opened.
>
> After I deleted those graphics from the reference pages and
> re-imported them correctly, no more prompts for them.
>
> But that's as far as I got on that because now, my boss has assigned
> me a more pressing project, a revised cover design for this operator
> manal (for a hydraulic excavator -- REAL hardware). After I
> researched and assembled a great-looking cover, he held a meeting of
> the project engineers (with me included) where those who only know
> how to engineer started picking at and apart the work I had done.
> Sheesh! (The cover got lots of kudos before the meeting because they
> never had a tech writer here before.)
>
> So now, I'm trying to modify my cover design, but am running up
> against a seemingly immovable problem: importing a graphic with a
> supposedly transparent background that still displays a white  
> background.
>
> My "revised cover" is to be slightly grey (perhaps 20% black tint,
> using FrameMaker). And the company logo with name is in red (logo)
> and black (company name in a custom font which I don't know or have).
> Oh, and our home office is in China and they do things very
> differently there and are very slow at responding.
>
> I'm still learning the in's and out's of Paintshop Pro X2, so that's
> another rocky road, but I think I successfully created a GIF file
> graphic with "no" background (it displays in Paintshop Pro with a
> checkered background) but only the red logo and black-lettered  
> company name.
>
> But when I import it, the background is white. I'm trying to keep
> away from creating a GIF file with a 20% grey background because it's
> just my luck that it probably won't match the FrameMaker 20% grey  
> cover.
>
> What to do? Please advise.
>
> -- Kenpo in Atlanta 
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