How To Make An Image Transparent

Something I have been trying to accomplish on my Guide Goods was to make my logo blend in. I still remember me trying to make my logo blend as closely to the background of my header, and never getting it just right.

I wish this tutorial was made for me years ago, it would of saved me a lot of headaches and trouble. Hopefully this tutorial will help you make any image transparent.

To accomplish this we are going to need a few things:

  • Gimp or PhotoShop (even though this tut will be made using Gimp, PhotoShop is almost identical to it)
  • An image you want to make transparent ( As a side note make sure the image has a lot of white space as it makes it much easier to make it transparent)
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Instructions

1. Open your image into Gimp by going to File-Open and selecting the image of your choice.

gimp 1 How To Make An Image Transparent

2.  Click Layer-Transparency-Add Alpha Channel.

gimp 2 How To Make An Image Transparent

 3. Get the ‘Fuzzy Tool’ and click on the image, than press delete on your keyboard.

gimp 3 How To Make An Image Transparent

If you follow the simple steps above you should be on your way to making any image transparent.

  • What do you think of the tutorial?
  • Does it help you?
  • Comment and tell us what you think below!

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments!

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28 Responses to “How To Make An Image Transparent”

  1. Simple and straight to the point. I love poor man's photoshop. Someday I will cross over… when I have the money. I will tinker around with this tutorial. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Hey Walls. Glad you liked the tutorial and you are very welcome!

    Thanks for the comment

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  3. Hey Edwin!

    The last time I needed to do this I just conned… erm… I mean, asked one of my developers to do it for me. Had I know it was this easy, I would have done it myself. :-)

    Kind regards,
    Steve
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  4. LOL Steve. Glad this post was useful for you! How much did the developer cost you?

    Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Nice job, Edwin! I'm a Photoshop man, myself, but GIMP is great, and you can't beat the price :D
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  6. Hello my friend.

    It i the good tip mate which is good for me to draw the infografic for my article. Thanks for your sharing. Edwin.

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  7. Hey Tristan thanks!

    Did you know that GIMP is basically the same thing as Photoshop, sure it might not have all the bells and whistles but it gets the job done :)

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  8. Hello Ryan. Cool, hopefully your infographics come out great!

    Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Praveen from Techperk 16. Dec, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Very good tutorial.I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work. Retweeted
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  10. Thank you Praveen for the nice comment and the retweet!

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  11. Thanks for tip. I will have to go round in circles through the help menu to find out how to get this done.
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  12. Your welcome

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  13. Yeah it isnt as hard as you may think. Thanks for the comment

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  14. Huh,thats how to do it.Fuzzy + Del? I have to learn these graphic thing a lot
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  15. Cost? Didn't cost me anything, dude. All of my developers are volunteers. This was for one of my Open Source projects. We do it because we love to code awesome software :-)
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  16. Careful! GIMP has loads of bells and whistles. Of course, I've never used (or even seen) Photoshop, so I don't really know how it compares. :-)
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  17. Thats awesome Steve. It sounds like your developers really love what they are doing :)

    Have a nice day!

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  18. You should try them both, if you have the money to waste on Photoshop

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  19. Is there a Linux version of Photoshop? And no, I will not use wine or any other emulator or vm. This house is a Microsoft-free zone and has been since 1995.

    As for money to waste on Photoshop… erm, nope. I haven't spent a cent on software since I deleted the last of the Microsoft rubbish I had here 15 or more years ago (I use Open Source for everything, I'm not a pirate). Hell, I won't even use a premium WordPress theme. That's a complete waste of money IMO. :-)
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  20. Honestly I have no clue if they have a Linux version of PhotoShop, and also I didnt know you were so against Microsoft :)

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  21. Johanna from GIJoh.com 17. Dec, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Hi Edwin,
    My friends and I use Photoshop for our pictures before. I'll ask them if they know about GIMP. Thanks for sharing us this nice tip.
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  22. Hi, Johanna, your welcome and thanks for the comment

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  23. I've always been a big fan of photoshop, seems like Gimp can do just as well though :P
    Nice tutorial also.
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  24. Thank you for the nice comment Peter. GIMP is basically like a free version of PhotoShop, its a sweet program!

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  25. Thanks Amr! Glad it worked for you, Happy Holidays!

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  26. Great tutorial Edwin, I've followed it using Photoshop CS 2, and it worked pretty good
    Although there some small pixels left around the edges of my picture that I had to delete manually, but that didn't take much time :)
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  27. djfunkyslick Reply 07. Jan, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Edwin:

    I have been trying to figure this out! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Lisa
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  28. :) Your welcome! Glad I could help

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