Making an image transparent: Three popular and fast methods

Maryam OseniMaryam Oseni·August 6, 2023

Have you ever stumbled on those sleek, professional-looking images where the product seems to float effortlessly over a clean background? The trick is to have a transparent background. If you are a content creator or entrepreneur, knowing how to make an image transparent and remove the background is a useful card to have up your sleeves.

In this article, we will show you how to create a transparent background image without getting tangled in complicated tools.

What is a transparent PNG background?

Let's start first with what is not a transparent PNG background. A transparent image is not an image with a white background. A transparent background means that parts of the image are completely see-through, like a clear window within the picture. This allows whatever is behind the image, whether it's a website background or another picture, to show through.

When it comes to image formats, there's a whole alphabet soup to choose from – JPG, GIF, BMP, HEIC, and more. But for transparent backgrounds, the best file format is PNG or Portable Network Graphics.  

Unlike other formats like JPEG, which only support completely opaque (non-transparent) backgrounds, PNGs are designed to handle varying levels of transparency. This capability allows you to have images, such as logos or product shots, without the distracting box of color around them.

What are the available tools for creating a transparent background?

There are multiple tools available to remove the background and make an image transparent. For example, Canva offers user-friendly interfaces to make transparent PNG images, especially if you don't have extensive graphic design experience. A more advanced transparent background maker is Adobe Photoshop.

However, if the mere thought of using complex software like Photoshop makes your head spin, an AI tool like Photoroom creates a transparent background in seconds. Let's walk through the options, starting with the most complex one.

Make your background transparent with Adobe Photoshop

There are multiple ways to remove a background in Photoshop. To make a transparent background image, follow these steps:

  1. After uploading your image to Photoshop, select “Window” at the top bar and click “Layers”

  2. Duplicate your image into a new layer. To do that press Ctrl + A on your PC or Command + A if you use a Mac, to select your image. Then press Ctrl+C or Command+C to copy it and press Ctrl+V or Command+V to paste it on a new layer.

  3. On the right-hand board, select the layer icon next to your original image and turn off the eye icon next to it to hide the image file.

  4. Click on the duplicate layer, select Quick Actions in the Property panel, and click on Remove Background.

  5. Save your image as a PNG file to retain the transparent background.

Make your image background transparent with Photoroom

Photoroom's Background Remover tool is the easiest transparent image maker to use. It takes less than five minutes and a few clicks to make a transparent image. It's also free to use.

  1. Open Photoroom’s mobile app or web app at app.photoroom.com

  2. In the Create area, click Start from Photo and select Camera Roll to upload your image.

  3. Photoroom’s AI algorithms automatically clean out the background of the image without messing up the main design.

  4. Click the export icon at the top right to save your transparent image.

Make your image background transparent with Canva

There are two ways to make your image transparent in Canva: first, by using the “Background Remover” feature or by downloading your image directly with a transparent background. For both options, you need a Canva Pro account. 

To use the “Background Remover” feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open Canva on the mobile app or your web browser. 

  2. Select from one of the many templates or click “Upload a Design” to start a blank project.

  3. Select “Uploads” to add your image to the design.

  4. Select your image and click “Edit Photo” at the top bar.

  5. Click on “BG Remover” on the left to clean out the image background.

  6. Complete your design and download it.

To download your designs with a transparent background instead, the steps are similar:

  1. Follow steps 1 to 3 above and skip to step 6

  2. Before downloading, select the PNG format as your export option and check the Transparent background box.

  3. Download your transparent PNG image.

Benefits of making your image background transparent

Every detail counts when it comes to presenting your brand and products. Making an image transparent might seem like a small tweak, but there are a lot of benefits to having transparent image backgrounds.

Professional aesthetics

Transparent background images exude a level of professionalism and sleekness. By removing distracting backgrounds, your product, or logo stands out clearer and sharper. This clean, minimalist approach can make your website or social media profiles look more polished and appealing.

  • Flexibility with design: A logo or product image with a transparent background can be placed over various backdrops without looking out of place. This adaptability is crucial when you need to maintain consistent branding across different platforms or promotional materials.

  • Improved focus on the subject: A transparent image helps direct the viewer's attention to the main subject of your image. Whether it’s a product shot or a logo, removing the background eliminates potential distractions, ensuring that your audience focuses on what matters most.

  • Print products and merchandise:  If you're venturing into merchandise or print materials, you need a transparent image. They ensure your logos or designs can be easily transferred onto merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, or business cards without the background colors interfering with the product’s aesthetics.

Extra tip: How to make an object in an image transparent in Photoroom

Making a transparent background means the image will have no background, ideal for logos and product images. Adjusting opacity allows control over object transparency, guiding audience focus.

In this tutorial, add a sticker to the original image and adjust its transparency:

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above

  2. Select “Backgrounds” and click to add a plain color or background image.

  3. Click on “Insert” and select any sticker. 

  4. Swipe the tool deck up and scroll to “Adjust”. Click on it and select “Opacity”

  5. Move the opacity bar to reduce the transparency of the object in your image.

Create and adjust transparency easily with Photoroom

Photoroom is an innovative and user-friendly app that utilizes the latest in artificial intelligence technology to help you create stunning images with a transparent effect in just a matter of minutes. Simply upload your photo to Photoroom, and let the app work its magic.

You can easily use Photoroom on your mobile phone (download the app from the Google Play store or Apple Store) or sign up on the Web app.

FAQs

Is a white background transparent?

No. It's a common mistake, but a white background doesn't mean the image is transparent.

What is an online transparent background maker?

It is an online tool, that removes the background of an image and then can be exported as a PNG file.


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Maryam Oseni
Maryam OseniI am a content marketer and I love painting. At Photoroom, I write about multiple ways to make your product photography better with AI.