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How to Make an Image Transparent with Photoshop/Paint/PowerPoint/Preview/Pixlr

By making an image transparent, you can emphasize what you want to express effectively. For instance, many people will add a transparent product image to PPT or other branding scenarios. You can create an image with transparent background, layer or portion based on your need. There are many online and offline photo editors that can add transparency to your picture. This article mainly talks about some reliable and frequently-used software. Thus, you can get more features while fading a picture.

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Part 1: How to Add Transparency in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editors all over the world. If you want to make the certain area transparent in your picture, definitely Adobe Photoshop can be your top choice. If you have subscribed to Photoshop before, you can follow the steps below to make a picture transparent in Photoshop.

Step 1: Run Adobe Photoshop. Click “File” on the top left corner. Choose “New” from its drop-down list.

Marquee Tool

Step 2: In the popping-up “New Document” window, unfold the “Background Contents” list. You can find this option near the bottom right corner.

Step 3: Check the width and height of the layer. Scroll down and choose “Create” to get a transparent layer.

Background Contents Photoshop

Step 4: Drag and drop your image into the transparent background. Use the “Eraser” or “Magic Eraser” tool to make an image transparent in Adobe Photoshop.

Step 5: If you want to make part of an image transparent in Photoshop, you can use the “Magic Wand” or “Lasso Tool” to select the area you want to make transparent. Click “Delete” on the keyboard to create the transparent area.

Step 6: To get a transparent image, you need to set “PNG” or other image formats that can maintain transparency.


Part 2: How to Make Background Transparent in Paint

If Photoshop is too difficult to use, you can make an image with a transparent background on Windows using Paint. Microsoft Paint is a pre-installed graphic editor available on all versions of Microsoft Windows. Thus, you can make a picture transparent in Paint for free too.

Step 1: Right-click on your picture. Choose “Open with” followed by “Paint”.

Step 2: Click “Color 2” on the top toolbar. You need to set it as the background color of your picture. Choose the “eyedropper” tool in the “Tools” section. Then click the image’s background.

Step 3: Unfold the “Select” list. Choose “Transparent selection”. You can see a “√” icon next to the option.

Transparent Selection Paint

Step 4: Select “Rectangular selection” or “Free-form selection” from the “Select” drop-down list.

Step 5: Hold the left mouse button to draw the area you want to separate from background.

Step 6: After drawing, choose “Cut” or “Copy” from the right-click menu. Now you can paste it into a picture in Paint. As a result, you can get the copied image with transparent background.


Part 3: How to Make a Picture Transparent in PowerPoint

It is also supported to change the transparency of a picture or make part of a picture transparent in PowerPoint. If you have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you can get a transparency tool to make a picture transparent in Office 365. You can find this option from the “Picture Tools Format” tab. If not, you can still add transparency to your image using PowerPoint. This section will show you how to make the whole picture transparent.

Make a Picture Transparent on Windows

Step 1: Run PowerPoint on Windows.

Step 2: Click “Insert” > “Shape” to choose a shape. Then draw the shape with the same proportion of the picture you want to add.

Step 3: Click “Format” > “Shape Outline” > “No Outline”. Right-click on this shape, choose “Format Shape”.

Step 4: Click the “Fill” icon in the “Format Shape” pane. Then click “Picture or texture fill”.

Step 5: Click “File” to get into the “Insert Picture” dialog. Import the picture and click “Insert” to move on.

Step 6: Now you can move the “Transparency” slider in the “Format Shape” pane to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint 2018 and other new versions.

Adjust Transparency Powerpoint Windows

Make a Picture Transparent on Mac

Step 1: Choose the picture you want to change transparency in PowerPoint on Mac.

Step 2: Click “Transparency” from the “Picture Format” or “Shape Format” section.

Step 3: Choose from different pre-made presets to make a picture transparent on Mac with PowerPoint.

Step 4: Click “Picture Transparency Options” to adjust image transparency in detail. You can see the “Format Picture” pane on the right side.

Step 5: Unfold the “Picture Transparency” section. Drag the “Transparency” slider to vary the transparency from 0 to 100%.

Picture Format in Powerpoint


Part 4: How to Change Picture Opacity with Preview on Mac computer

Although Photoshop is compatible with Mac OS, it is not the best way to make a picture transparent on Mac computer. Apple provides multiple photo editors for Mac users, like Preview and Photos. And Preview has the capacity to change picture opacity.

Step 1: Open the photo to change opacity within Preview.

Step 2: Locate to top ribbon and hit the editing button with a pen icon to open the editing menu bar.

Step 3: And then unfold the selection menu by clicking on the downward button with a square box icon. On the drop-down list, choose the Instant Alpha.

Step 4: Hit and hover on the area of the picture you’d like to make transparent. Repeat this step to cover all areas to turn to transparent.

Step 5: Press the Delete key to remove the areas highlighted by Alpha tool. If your photo is not in PNG format, Preview will ask you to convert it to PNG or GIF.

Step 6: Finally, remember to export the photo in PNG or GIF format and check the box of Alpha.

If you save the photo in other format, the transparent area will be filled with whit color.

Alpha Tool Preview


Part 5: How to Achieve Photo Transparent Effect Online via Pixlr

Some people prefer to use online photo editors. It is make sense when you consider they are more portable and compatible. There are several online photo editors allows users to make an image transparent online, like Pixlr. All you need is Internet connection and the guidance below.

Step 1: Go to Pixlr website in any browser and hit the Launch Web App button in the Editor section.

Step 2: When the Pixlr Editor opens, tap on the Open image from computer option and upload the photo you’d like to edit. Or you can open an online photo with the option of Open image from URL.

Step 3: Click the Wand tool on the left side tool palette and select the area you want to adjust to transparency. Hold down the Shift key to add multiple areas.

Step 4: After select all areas, go to Edit menu and choose Invert selection on the list.

Step 5: Go to File new and choose New Image In the settings window, check both the Create image from clipboard and Transparent boxes.

Step 6: Once click on the OK button, a new picture that selected areas are transparent will appear.

Then you can download the transparent photo to your computer.

Create Transparent Pixlr


Part 4: Apply Artistic Photo Effects to Retouch Your Transparent Picture

After adjusting transparency of your picture, you can use WidsMob Retoucher to give your photo emotion. In spite of common adjustments, you can analog film and film grain, retouch portrait, eliminate image noise and apply other funny photo effects with ease. The intuitive interface and easy-to-use filters are friendly to all users. Thanks to the wide support of image formats, you can retouch images captured by your phone or digital camera. With the help of WidsMob Retoucher, even beginners can create stunning film effects like a pro.

1. Adjust contrast, saturation, temperature, tint and brightness to your transparent image.

2. Analog various color positive/negative films, special color modes and legendary film grains.

3. Do skin smoothing and skin whitening to remove some selfie imperfections.

4. Minimize image noise to fix blurry images in clicks.

5. Apply color filter, color opacity, vignetting and fisheye to your image.

Portrait Touchup Retoucher

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These are professional and easy ways to make an image transparent entirely or partially. If there is no Photoshop in your computer, you can still use PowerPoint or Paint to add transparency for free or use Preview on Mac. You can also use Pixlr to make transparent picture online. Before using the transparent picture, you can run WidsMob Retoucher to make the image gorgeous without too much effort. The program is free to download and worth to have a try.


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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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