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How To Make a Transparent Background in Paint

Paint is one of the most popular and widely used standard Windows programs. This classic drawing program has some neat new features, including the possibility make a transparent background. In the updated version, Paint 3D, you also have access to this function. In this article we'll explain how to add a transparent background with both Paint and Paint 3D.




Cropped Image

Modeling Function

To make a transparent background in Paint, you will need to access the 3D modeling tool. Get started by opening the image you want to work with in Paint. Once opened, click on the Image group. It's located at the top of the screen, above the tools. Then press Select and activate the options Freeform selection and Transparent selection.



Next return to the image you've selected and left click to grab the area of ​​the figure you have chosen. Once closed, you will see a frame around the selected figure. Right-click and select Cut.


New Image in Paint

In the next step, you will need to open a new image in Paint. Then paste your previous selection using the Control + V command or by right-clicking and selecting Paste. Now your new cropped image is ready!

Transparent Background with Paint 3D

If you have Paint 3D, there is another way to get a transparent background.

N.B.: Paint 3D is only included in Windows 10 and later.

Transparent Canvas

Once in Paint 3D, open an image you want to edit and choose the Canvas option from the menu. Several additional options will appear on the right of your screen, activate the Transparent canvas option.



Next click Magic Selection, this option is located at the top of the screen. Then select the area that interests you in the image. Alternatively, you can also hold down the right mouse button and drag it to capture the figure you want to select (Paint 3D does this process automatically).


Cut and Paste

To cut, press Control + X, or right-click and select Cut. Then to
paste press Control + V, or right-click and select Paste. Last, open the Paint 3D main menu and select Insert.

N.B.: The last option only works if you have another image open or if you are using a blank Paint file. In either case you will find that your figure now has a transparent background and that you can place it wherever you want using the mouse .

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