If I try to view an image in it's own tab such as the one below using Chrome 39 on Windows 8, all I will see is black. This is because the text (which is actually an image) is black, and the background Chrome uses under the image is also black.

However, Firefox 33 does not appear to have this issue, and instead seems to fill the transparency with a grey-ish texture.

Using chrome, click and drag this image to the tab bar to see what I'm talking about:

Black text on transparent background

What can I do to view an image such as this in its own tab? Clicking on links for certain images often leaves me with all-black tabs, which means I have to view the image outside of the browser. Very inconvenient.

  • what os are you on? that pix looks fine for me in chrome 39 ubuntu – albert Dec 11 '14 at 6:59
  • Oops I took out some text and forgot to put back in the OS. – Bort Dec 11 '14 at 15:36

i don't know why you are having compatibility issues, but you can use bookmarklets as work arounds for user agent styles. i made this little guy here for changing the images background color in chrome:


Just copy and paste the above code into your browser as a bookmarklet; i'd name it something like chrome.img.bg.changer, but i'm not creative.
Nothing special, but its a solution

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    Not a permanent fix but certainly works! – Bort Dec 12 '14 at 15:33

Try the following which will render grey scale around the font

Go to registry

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

search for FontSmoothingGamma

Double-click mouse on FONTSMOOTHINGGAMMA enter anything between 150 and 190 hexadecimal.(the higher the value, the thinner the fonts.)

Make sure cleartype is turned on

Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization

enter image description here

LOGOFF and then LOGON your system

Now check your chrome browser which makes your black fonts lighter like grey

Hope this helps!

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    Why are you talking about font? It's an image. Did you even read the question!? – Bort Dec 11 '14 at 15:37

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