How to Make an Image Background Transparent - All Ways for PC

How to Make an Image Background Transparent?

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How to Make the Background of a Picture Transparent on a PC

Need to save a picture with a transparent background for your creative blog or online shop? Or your gorgeous photos just turned out mediocre because of a so-so background and it needs to be wiped out now? I agree, erasing a background without damaging the main object may seem challenging at first. Well, listen here, I’ve got a number of different way-outs you can easily try on your PC. They are meant for both for new and advanced users and involve various programs like Paint, PowerPoint and Photoshop.

Now here are all the 5 ways for making a background transparent on your PC:

If you are a newbie at image editing, I suggest checking out the first way with PhotoWorks. This easy-to-use image editor has a very intuitive workflow, so you will make the background transparent in just a few strokes of a special brush. The best part is you can easily add background to pictures too. Pick one from the collection or insert your own picture, click the button and your new image is ready!

Way 1. Turn a Photo Background Transparent in PhotoWorks

If you prefer simple user-friendly editors over complex software just like me, then this method is for you. There are many easy-to-use programs that have their own ups and downs, but I suggest picking PhotoWorks. Its toolkit is very extensive and can be compared to top photo editors.

Now here are the steps for erasing a background in PhotoWorks:

Step 1. Pick the 'Change Background' Tool

Open the Tools tab and choose Change Background.

Use this tool to make the image background transparent

Pick the 'Change Background' tool from the list

Step 2. Mark the Areas You Want to Separate

Select the Object brush and make a few strokes near the object’s edge to separate it from the background. The software will place a green selection. Now point out the background with the other brush and it will be marked with a red color.

Mark the object and its surroundings

A couple of strokes will be enough to remove the background

Step 3. Tweak the Selection

Once done, the software will convert the background to transparent automatically. Use the same brushes to correct the selection edges if necessary.

Use 'Background' tool to fix the lines

If the object gets mixed with the background, make a few more strokes to fix that

Step 4. Save Your Image with Transparent Background

Click 'Save with transparent background' to keep the new image as a PNG file.

Keep your new pic as a PNG file

Save your picture as a PNG to add a new background later

Simple as that! No more cumbersome selections, just a few strokes and everything’s done. I bet you want to try it out with your own images? Use the link below to download:

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With PhotoWorks, you will be able to not only replace and remove the backgrounds, but also retouch your images, enhance photo quality, fix perspective and lens distortions and apply one-click effects.

Way 2. Make Transparent Background with Paint

You may be not experienced in photo editing but you heard about MS Paint for sure. This extremely simple image editor is built into all Windows systems, and it has been a lifesaver for many users. You will be surprised, but you can edit the background or even make it transparent with this program as well. If your computer is running Windows 7 or higher, then you should already have Paint.

Here are the steps for this program:

Step 1. Choose 'Transparent Selection'

Click Select and put a tick for Transparent Selection. Now pick Free-form selection from the list.

Use 'Free-form selection' to make image background transparent

Since you will be doing a manual selection, pick something with simple lines

Step 2. Select the Object

Trace the object with the Free-form selection.

Select the object you want to keep

Try making the selection in one step, otherwise you’ll have to start all over again

Step 3. Give Your Image a Transparent Background

Click Cut in the top left corner or just press CTRL+X on your keyboard to cut out the selected area. Now open a different JPG picture or a transparent canvas and paste your object there.

Paste your object to a new background

We placed the object to the new, more suitable background

In Microsoft Paint, it all depends on your precision, because you won’t be able to adjust anything in the process. The software will crop exactly by the line you made, so if your hand is not steady, better to take the method with the paint-over selection.

Way 3. Remove a Photo Background in PowerPoint

If you often use PowerPoint for making presentations, then this way is for you. PowerPoint is a part of Microsoft Office package and lets you not only make slideshows, but also perform basic edits for the pics and other content you use in them.

Need to turn a background transparent for an image slide in PowerPoint? Then follow these steps:

Step 1. Choose 'Remove Background'

Click your image, then go to the Picture Format tab and select Remove Background. PowerPoint will separate the object from the background automatically.

Select the Remove Background tool

PowerPoint is smart enough to determine the background automatically

Step 2. Correct the Automatic Replacement

Everything marked in violet color will be removed, so tweak the selection a bit if necessary. Hover your cursor over the edited area: if you see a plus, then you can add this part to the selection with a click, and if you see a minus - you can delete it.

Tweak the selection lines if necessary

The violet color lets you see all the lines and define the selection

Step 3. Save Your Image as a PNG File

When done, click outside of the image to apply the changes, then save your image as a PNG file to preserve transparency.

Save the image as a PNG file

Don’t forget to save your image as a PNG file to keep transparency

Keep in mind that this way will work only if you have Office 2010 or later.

This is a nice working method if you need an image with a transparent background for one of your presentations. However, if the picture is required for other purposes and you want to use the software that’s meant to edit images in the first place, then I suggest skipping this method.

Way 4. Create Transparent Background in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the most popular image editors, so it’s not a surprise that this software is on our list. Photoshop is suitable for a variety of tasks: from simple crop-here-insert-there to complex photo retouching. If you have some design in your mind, 99% it can be made with this program.

If you have an Adobe subscription, then here are the steps for making the surroundings transparent in Photoshop:

Step 1. Pick 'Quick Selection' from the Toolbar

Choose Quick Selection and set its size.

Open your photo and pick Quick Selection

Our object has clearly visible lines, so we will use Quick Selection

Step 2. Select the Object You Want to Keep

Click the area you want to save. Photoshop will place a selection automatically without touching the background. Continue clicking to cover up the whole area.

Click an area to place a selection automatically

This method is similar to the one where you place strokes to mark the areas

Step 3. Tweak the Selection Edges

Automatic selection can fail sometimes, so switch to ‘Subtract from selection’ and correct the edges. Better to do this with a smaller brush.

Correct the automatic selection with a smaller brush

Use a smaller brush to select small or less visible details

Step 4. Remove the Background

We need to inverse the selection: right-click it and choose Select Inverse. Your background will be selected now instead of the object. Then just press Delete on your keyboard to erase it.

Press the  Delete key to remove the background

Remove the background just by pressing the Delete button

The process is rather simple, especially when you’re creating a logo or some similar design with visible edges. However, when you have an image where the lines between the object and surroundings are not that obvious, you will have to use manual selection with the lasso. Otherwise the automatic tool will most likely fail to determine the edges and will select large, unneeded areas.

Way 5. Erase a Photo Background in Publisher

If you use Microsoft Publisher from the Office package to do different designs for calendars, posters, greeting cards and so on, then here is the way for you. It often happens that you want to make a transparent background for one of your designs to add something extra later. You don’t have to turn to Photoshop here: you can remove the background right in Publisher.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Import Your Image

Pick a layout and add your photo.

Drop in your photo

Stretch your photo if you don’t need the white template frames

Step 2. Open 'Picture Tools'

Click Picture Tools and choose Recolor.

Open the Recolor menu

Find Recolor in Picture Tools

Step 3. Turn the Background Transparent

Select Set Transparent Color and click the color area you want to erase. The software will replace this area with a transparent one.

Click the area you want to make transparent

Try to be precise with the click or the program will pick a new area after the second click

This way is only suitable for pictures with a plain background. Otherwise you will get white spots all over the image.

This method is rather easy and lets you erase the background just by making a click. But if you want to tweak the selection edges or change the transparency level, I’m afraid you’ll have to try some other way.

That’s all I wanted to tell you about these 5 simple methods for making a background transparent on your PC. Choose the best one for you, follow our steps and turn your photos into perfect shots!

About the author: Matt Cooper is a professional photographer who specializes in taking portrait shots.

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