How to Make an Image Background Transparent: 6 Ways

Need to get rid of a distracting background on an otherwise picture-perfect photo? There are a number of easy ways to remove the background from an image and make it transparent, which can be useful in many situations.

Most standard photo editors will have a background removal option, and there are even some online tools dedicated just to that task. But which are the best ones? And how can you use them in the most effective way?

Why Would You Want to Make the Background Transparent?

There are a number of reasons why you’d want to generate an invisible background for an image. The most common one is to create a versatile logo. When you design a logo, you want it to look good on every website and over any color print. A transparent background is the best way to achieve that.

Additionally, if you make a background transparent, you can edit multiple layers of an image easily and efficiently. You can freely move an object with a see-through background, and produce a whole new image that looks just as professional.

By making the background transparent, you can pick the picture’s most important object, and place it in different locations, which is great for marketing purposes. Here are the best tools to help you with that.

1. Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is by far the most common software that graphic designers use. It contains multiple tools to help you create beautiful images, or touch up existing ones. But even if you’re not an expert, it’s quite easy to understand how to make an invisible background with this software.

Thanks to Adobe Sensei’s AI core, which helps identify the parts of the image that make up the background, you can remove it in just a few steps. First, you’ll need to duplicate your current layer. Then, it’s just a matter of picking Remove Background from Properties.

For more details, here is a full step-by-step guide on how to make the image background transparent with Photoshop.

2. Canva

If you don’t have the greatest eye for design, but want to create sleek graphics, Canva is the best way to go. It is user-friendly and comes with a variety of drag-and-drop templates, as well as free-to-use pictures to help create anything from a calendar to an Instagram puzzle feed.

While the option to make a background transparent is not available in the free version, it may be worth the extra $9.99 per month. Especially when you take into account that it’s much cheaper than paying for Photoshop. And it also takes just one click in the Effects menu to produce amazing results.

3. Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark has many features that are similar to Canva. It allows you to create presentations, Facebook posts, business cards, and more—all with beautiful templates that are also drag-and-drop.

Like Canva, this online software can make an image background transparent with just one click in the Image menu. But unlike the former, you can save this image as a transparent PNG without the need to pay for Pro.

However, the picture will include an Adobe Spark watermark in the corner (which can be easily cropped out).

4. LunaPic

If you need a quick fix for a picture and don’t want to spend any money at all, LunaPic may be the solution for you. This is a free online editor with all of the basic design features, as well as many effects and filters.

You can upload any picture from your computer, or even straight from a URL. Then, navigate to Edit Transparent Background, and click on the colors you wish to eliminate.

The results are quite good, and there are additional tools for more precise work, as well as a video tutorial to help you out.

5. Remove.bg

Most of the tools we listed until now are well-rounded image and photo editors that come with multiple features. This is not the case with Remove.bg.

The tool, which is now owned by Canva, uses an AI to do just one thing—cut the background out and generate an amazing outcome. All you have to do is upload a picture to the website and then save the transparent creation. It works well with any background, no matter how complex.

There’s even a desktop app that lets you drag and drop as many files as you want to create a transparent background. If you’re a videographer, it’s worth knowing that Unscreen uses the same technology to remove backgrounds from videos. And it’s all free.

6. PowerPoint

You’ll be happy to hear that you can even remove the background from an image with the software that’s installed on almost all work computers: PowerPoint.

In the Picture Format menu, there is a button called Remove Background. When you click it, the software will identify what it perceives to be the background and make it transparent. In situations where the object is defined and the background is simple, it can work well.

However, if the background is comprised of several colors, the first click will not generate the best results. This can be fixed with a few more touch-ups. The software will show you the area it wants to remove from the picture.

With the help of the button Mark Areas To Keep, you can go over additional selections very roughly, and it will identify similar areas to complete the selection. The final image with the transparent background can either be used on the presentation or saved as a transparent PNG.

Create Great Images With Multiple Tools

After you’ve learned how to remove the background from an image, you can use this skill to layer several pictures on top of each other and produce new and exciting images. There is a whole world of image editing software out there, with filters, effects, and advanced tools, just waiting to be discovered.

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