View Full Version : making an image background transparent?

06-20-2006, 05:52 PM
I know that this is a very basic question, and it's probably been asked here a thousand times, but how do can I make an image's background transparent? I have GIMP (gimp.org) and a basic paint service that comes with every computer. I have searched and searched in Ask Jeeves and I looked over about 5 pages, but none of it helped me. Even If I did find something, there were still white pixels (http://www.freewebs.com/teenschristianliving/test.htm) on the image. Does anybody know of a way to make the image below without a white background? Thanks in advanced!


06-20-2006, 11:42 PM
nobody cares???:confused:

06-22-2006, 11:14 AM
This is old as heck, but there was never a reply saying that the problem had been solved, so here goes.
I've never used GIMP, but from what I've heard it's about the same as Photoshop. It's as easy just having the picture you want, and deleting all the space around it, then save it as a .gif. I think .png has a transparent background, but I can't remember. And the new .png isn't supported by all browsers yet.
Hope I helped.

06-22-2006, 03:39 PM
I'm using Fireworks but I think this is possible in Photoshop too (and GIMP if it's, as Bipolar_joe said, much like PS):

You can choose the paint bucket tool and then choose to erase the color instead of filling it with a color. And you just erase the background color of the image.

If the creation of the image with transparent bg color isn't the problem it might be the way you saved it. A jpeg image can't have a transparent background, you have to save it as gif (wide browser support, but only index transparency, meaning 100% transparent or not transparent, nothing in between) or as png which has alpha transparency and a good support already but you need a workaround (http://www.alistapart.com/stories/pngopacity/) to get it working in IE lower than version 7.

Hope this helped? Good luck. :)

06-23-2006, 06:52 PM
I was just kidding when I said nobody cares, lol. Thanks for your help, I figured it out. Thank you!