Suppose you have an image - a company logo - on a white, or any other background, and you need to paste it on top of another picture, leaving only the logo and completely removing the background. Or, you need to cut out a fragment from the photo and make it so that after saving it does not appear on a white background. This article will discuss how to make a transparent background in Paint.
We will use the free graphics editor Paint.net. It has an intuitive Russian-language interface, has the necessary set of functions and does not take up much space on the computer. In addition, for working with photos and images, it can be placed higher than the standard Paint application installed in the Windows operating system. You can read the description of the program and download it for installation on a computer by clicking on the link above.
Removing a solid background
Run the program on the computer, click "File" - "Open" and find the image you want. For the first example, take the logo and make the white background transparent in Paint.net. If you have any other uniform color instead of white, then the described method is also suitable.
In the list of tools, select Magic Wand. Click on white, and in the property bar set “Sensitivity” - the lower the value, the greater the sensitivity of the stick to a color change, and the smaller the area will be highlighted.
Click "Delete." Background as a chessboard and will mean transparency. To remove unnecessary fragments that were not selected for the first time, enlarge the image using the slider, then select the desired areas with a magic wand and delete them.
If you mistakenly delete the wrong area, cancel the action by clicking on the "Cancel" arrow in the "Log" window. You can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + Z".
To deselect a specific area, press Ctrl + D.
Saving a picture
The next thing to do is save the image with a transparent background in Paint.net. Select "File" - "Save As" in the menu. Now, in the “File Type” field, specify one of the PNG or GIF formats, if you select a different format, the image will be saved on a white background. Click "Save."
You can insert a logo made on top of any other photo - it will not overlap it much.
We remove the colored background
If you have a picture with many different colors, and you need to remove everything superfluous and leave only certain fragments transparent, let's look at how to make the background of a picture transparent in Paint.net.
Open the picture in the program and select the “Eraser” in the tool window. In the properties field, select the appropriate diameter - if you want to erase large sections, select a larger value, to erase smaller sections, select a small value. We remove all unnecessary parts of the image.
To remove small fragments, you need to zoom in on the image and use the “Magic Wand” to remove the remnants of the background. Do not forget to select the sensitivity value.
Remember that the chessboard also means transparency, we save the image in PNG or GIF format. After you do everything, you can paste the cut out fragments into any other picture.
Making a transparent background in the picture
Open the program Paint 3d and create a new document. By default, we will have a canvas in the form of a white rectangle. If you want to draw something on a transparent background, then you need to perform one simple action: click on the Canvas on the toolbar and in the menu that appears on the left, move the slider under “Transparent canvas” to the On position.
That's it, now our canvas has become invisible, and its borders are marked with a thin border - so that when drawing it does not go beyond it. After the drawing is drawn, it must be saved in the format Jpg or PNG. In any other format, a white background will appear instead of transparent. To do this, go to Menu - Save As - Image and select the format JPG or PNG.
As you can see, there is nothing complicated in creating a transparent canvas using the Paint 3d program. However, it is not always necessary to draw on the finished canvas, sometimes you need to remove the background from the already finished image. And here, just by clicking on the "Transparent Background" you won’t help, but in this case Paint 3d has a solution.
How to make transparent background in photos in Paint 3d
To start, open the photo in which you want to make the background transparent: Menu - Open - Browse files and find the desired picture, or simply drag the image file from the folder to the workspace of 3D.
Next, click on the button Magic Selection (1), which is located in the upper toolbar. If the object that you want to leave on a transparent background is too small compared to the background, we tighten the circles (2) around its perimeter so that the program can understand what we are trying to magically select. After that, click on Next.
You should select the desired object along the contour, as shown in the screenshot. Perhaps some parts will protrude beyond the allocation zone, or vice versa, will not be highlighted. To make the object stand out exactly along the contour, use the Add button (1) and the Delete button (2).
So, my program crookedly cropped the left part of the dog’s photo. I click on the Add button and finish the area that should be selected:
The result is what happened. After we have completed all that is needed, click on the Finish button.
Now copy the selected image to the clipboard. To do this, click on the appropriate button:
We create a new document, we can’t save the previous one. We click on the Canvas and move the slider to the Transparent canvas (all the same as in the first part of the article). And after that, click on Insert from the top panel.
That's it, now our image has become with a transparent background. It can be added to any other background, or saved in the same form. I remind you that photos with a transparent background are saved only in JPG or PNG formats.
Change the background of the picture using the Paint editor
To work with images, pictures, photographs, experts recommend that, in order to obtain a high-quality illustration product as a result, not software included in Windows applications, but a free paint.net utility that is freely available on the Internet. By installing a free application on a computer device, the user will be able to work with images, and perform complex tasks with a simple and understandable tool.
Making a transparent background clip art
Paint allows, thanks to primitive multifunctionality, to work with images, change the background of pictures, and eliminate defects. Often, users set themselves the consumer task, which consists in changing the background of the image. For example, such tasks allow you to place a specific logo on a colorful basis, or your photo, pet image or floral arrangement not against the background of the table or window, but to serve as an interesting and spectacular landscape as the background.
This task can be accomplished quite easily by uploading two photos to the application: the main one with a colorless background, and the secondary one, which will serve as the basis for the new image. To combine photos, you will initially need to go into the parameters of each of them, making them similar, which is the basic condition for the possibility of their connection: it is important to set the canvas to the same size, putting the same values in the "Height" and "Width" sections of the image.
Further, the creation of a complex image is performed according to the following regulations:
- Open the desired background change drawing on a transparent background, transfer it to a new base by sequentially performing such manipulations: simultaneously press Ctrl and A to select, copy, holding the combination of keys Ctrl and C, paste, after switching to the background picture, using the command Ctrl + V.
- After that, in a situation where the image with the picture does not appear on the background, you will need to activate it by moving it to the fore.
- Save new photo: in the “File” section, select the “Save As” directive, give the name of the created illustration with the choice of the preferred format.
This work can be considered completed, however, the stumbling block in the procedure is the moment how to create a photo that has a transparent background using the Paint application, which will be discussed later in the article.
“Magic wand” as a photo editing tool
When searching for the answer to the question of how to make a transparent background in Paint, if the user has to work with a picture or photograph, with the need to get a component of a picture, the background of which is represented by a uniform color, experts recommend using a program tool called “Magic Wand”.
Working with the Magic Wand Tool
An important condition for the possibility of using this tool is a small variety of background shades, and best of all, the uniformity of the background, which remains to be removed. This prescription is caused by the fact that the Magic Wand resource has its own threshold of sensitivity to diverse shades, and, when applied to a picture with a colorful background, it will take a long time to determine the boundaries of the areas that the user needs to delete.
To make a picture without a background, the user will need to alternately perform the following manipulations:
- Open the Paint editor, then go to the program menu, in the “File” section, select the “Open” command: using the “Browse” option, upload a photo, which is supposed to be edited.
- Before you remove the background, making it transparent, you need to find the "Wand" on the toolbar and adjust its sensitivity. For a simple background, it is enough to set the perception threshold to about fifty percent, but if the photo has a complex color scheme, it is better to reduce the parameter to about thirty percent.
- Next, “Wand” will need to note the background necessary for removal: after selection, it acquires a light blue hue.
- Select the "Clear Selection" command in the "Edit" section of the directives. If the actions are performed correctly, then after the manipulations, the background will be visually displayed as a chessboard on a white background, which indicates its transparency after saving.
In order for the resulting image to have a transparent background as a result of the work done, the image will need to be saved in PNG format that supports transparent display. Alternatively, you can use the GIF format, which also supports the ability to display a transparent background. It is not cost-effective to use other formats for saving, since the user will receive a picture on a white area, instead of the required transparent background.
Cropping to selected borders
If you need to put a colorless photo background with a monophonic base, everything is quite unambiguous, then the question of how to make the background of the image transparent in Paint, when the image has a diverse texture in color, suggests searching for another option for the task. The proposed option with the “Magic Wand” will not give the desired result, or you will have to follow the procedure for bleaching the background several times, which is not very convenient and long if there are a lot of multi-colored elements to remove.
The function of the program "Crop by selection" is an excellent assistant in the question of how to set a transparent background in Paint, when processing photos, in a situation where the main image element has the correct shape. To draw the boundaries of the object of the photo that you want to leave as the main one, experts advise using such a tool as “Line or Curve”, or “Magic Wand”, as in the previous version.
To accomplish the task, it will be necessary to set the starting point and outline the photo work item: it must be done in such a way that the contour is closed, and setting the borders for cropping should match the outlines of the drawing to the maximum. Next, you need to adjust the selection borders by moving the established frame: use the cursor to tighten the lines so that they coincide with the outer outline of the picture. It remains only to select the menu item “Cropping by selection”, with the subsequent saving of the photo element on a colorless background in one of the previously determined formats.
“Pattern” of a fragment of a photo using the Lasso tool
The process of background discoloration is considered to be the most complicated when the required processing of the picture has a complex configuration in texture, large-scale color gamut, as well as objects inside the picture that need to be bleached.
In this situation, in addition to the already known tools, it is worth adding the functionality of the Lasso option. This tool is designed to highlight the boundaries of complex shape objects.
Working with the Lasso tool in Paint
To use the opportunity to make the background transparent, you need to click on the “Lasso” icon, use the cursor to put the starting point on the verge of the selected object, and, by holding the left button of the manipulator, circle the picture smoothly and accurately. Irregularities can subsequently be “corrected” using the “Magic Wand”, and the elements of the picture that the user needs, however, not included in the selected area, can be added by selecting the “Combine” option. To exclude a drawing object, the function "Subtraction" is used.
The user should not be afraid to make mistakes when making the selection, since the Paint program allows you to go back a few steps by clicking the "Cancel action" command, and then correcting the errors. It should be understood that the success of the task and the effectiveness is often obtained through trial and error.
You can delete an image that is outside the borders of the selection using the “Crop by selection” option, as in the previous case, which will make the background white. After that, it remains to select the white background with the “Magic Wand” and discolor it, following the instructions described in the regulations for working with the conditioned tool.
If necessary, if the drawing has a very complex configuration, an additional “correction” of the contours of the object may be required, which allows the eraser or the already known “wand” to be made with high accuracy. To improve the accuracy of work, experts recommend using the option of “scaling” the problem object, which will allow you to see the shortcomings and effectively eliminate them.
Do not forget that at the end of the work it is necessary to save the resulting image, choosing the preferred PNG format during the procedure, allowing you to fix the discoloration.
The graphical editor Paint is one of the free software that allows you to perform amateur tasks of photo editing, without preliminary comprehensive study of the program, with the possibility of obtaining, with the correct and responsible approach to the implementation of the process, worthy of the qualitative characteristics of the result.
The described background bleaching methods will complement your photos and interesting pictures with a new meaning through simple manipulations, giving them a new life. It is noteworthy that even children can work with the conditioned application, and the final product, with a creative and principled approach to completing tasks, can absolutely not inferior, compete in efficiency with photos processed through powerful graphic editors.