How to Make Images Transparent

Why Would You Want to Make an Image Transparent?

Transparency is vital for design purposes, especially when it comes to designing logos and banners for web pages, or adding a transparent hand drawn signature at the bottom of your emails.

Once you’ve created a cool piece of text or an image for a header of some sort, the last thing you want is a big white box all around the image.

Transparency creates the illusion of the item sitting nicely in the image or page, and looks so much tidier.

How to make Images Transparent

Making Part of an Image Transparent

As always here at Stark Training, for simple tasks like creating transparency, we’d recommend using Paint.net, as it will only take 2 minutes to get the desired effect.

The Magic Wand tool can be used to select an area of the image you’re wanting to make transparent by just clicking on the necessary area. Once the area has been selected you can use the Tolerance bar towards the top of the screen, if necessary, to manipulate the size of the selected area.

To turn the selected area transparent, simply press the Delete button on your keyboard. When you see the area turn into the checkerboard pattern, this represents transparent.

A benefit of using Paint.net for transparency is that the software uses layers, so instead of working with a blank sheet to begin with, it’s easy to remove the white layer and start working on a transparent layer instead.

If you begin working with a transparent layer, it saves having to go back and delete all the non-transparent bits at the end.

IMPORTANT: you must save the image as a .PNG file, otherwise transparency will not be supported in your saved image.

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