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Do you need to make an image transparent in order to use it in a project?

While some applications that use pictures can add transparency, a full-featured image editing program like Photoshop can provide you with the most options.

Our tutorial below will show you how to take a non-transparent image, such as one saved in.jpg format, and then edit it to make it transparent.

You’ll have the option of making the entire image partially transparent or deleting a portion of the image so that the background only shows through at that location.

How to Use Photoshop to Make a Picture Transparent

Adobe Photoshop CS6was used to complete the steps in this article.

After you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have an a.png file with some transparency.

This means you’ll be able to use the image in an application that allows you to see what’s behind it by looking through it.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft Office programs like Powerpoint allow you to change the transparency of images.

Step 1:

Open the picture in Photoshop.

Step 2:

Open the Layers panel, click the lock icon to the right of the layer, and drag it to the trash can icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

If the Layers panel isn’t visible, press the F7 key on your keyboard.

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how-to-make-image-transparent-photoshop-1

Step 3:

Move the slider to the left until you reach the desired level of transparency, then click the Opacity dropdown menu at the top of the Layers panel.

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how-to-make-image-transparent-photoshop-2

Step 4:

If you only want to delete some of the images to make it transparent then you can leave the layer opacity at 100%, but use the eraser tool to remove the parts of the background that you don’t want.

So click the Eraser tool from the toolbox at the left side of the window.

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Step 5:

Delete any unwanted parts of the image with the eraser tool.

You can also right-click the eraser tool to choose between a Background Eraser Tool and a Magic Eraser Tool, which may be more appropriate for your needs.

Additional information on how to erase parts of images in Adobe Photoshop can be found in this Adobe support article.

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Step 6:

Once you have finished making your picture transparent, click the File tab at the top of the window, then click the Save As option.

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How-to-Make-an-Image-Transparent-in-Photoshop-CS6

Step 7:

Select the PNG option from the Format dropdown menu.

Click the Save button after selecting a location for your transparent image.

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How-to-Make-an-Image-Transparent-in-Photoshop-CS6-2

Step 8:

Click the OK button on the PNG Options window to finish saving the file.


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