gimp: how to make a transparent background

How to make a transparent background/selection on an image using GIMP

    1. Open your image.
    2. Select the area you want to make transparent.

    1. Select the appropriate selection tool from the Tool window or the Tools – Selection Tools menu on the Layer window. I usually use the magic wand/fuzzy select (Select contiguous region) tool or the Select regions by color tool.
    2. Click in the region you want selected. Use shift-click to add more regions/colors.Tip: It’s easier if you zoom in (View – Zoom menu) to see finer details of exactly what you’re selecting.

    3. In the Layer window (the one showing your image), select Layer – Transparency – Add Alpha Channel.If this is blanked out then it’s already done. This makes sure your image can store transparency data
    4. Select Edit – Clear. This makes the selection transparent.
    5. Save the file. Note: If you save it as a PNG file, be sure to select the ‘Save colour values from transparent pixels’ option in the Save as PNG dialog box.

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13 Responses to gimp: how to make a transparent background

  1. Vasu says:

    Awesome help. Thank you so much

  2. Mariah says:

    Awesome thank you so much!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou soo much. It worked

  4. TGray says:

    You can combine any of the selection tools as you need them; just keep a finger on the Shift key. You can use CTRL-Z to undo the most recent selection(s) or CTRL-Select to remove any selection.

  5. kelly says:

    Super easy. Best instructions I have found for this.

  6. Alli says:

    Awesome, super helpful, this also works for Gimp 2.

  7. Rajesh says:

    Good Sir, it’s Good. i like it and helpful.

  8. none says:

    Wow! This worked, thank you.

  9. Jim Pallas says:


  10. iMike_M says:

    So simple! This is perfect, thanks for sharing.

  11. Ivan says:

    Really helpful! Thanks!

  12. cengo says:

    Didn’t know it was so simple! Many thanks!

  13. Kathryn D Perez says:

    Works well, but beware, when you select a color, ALL that color will be erased, even in areas you want it to stay. This is a very helpful tip, just wanted to put that out there.

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