How to Change the Background to Transparent on a Photo


When editing a digital photograph, it is sometimes necessary to make the background transparent. Changing a photo background is a simple process when you use a photo-editing program. Within minutes you can change the background to transparent and then add other effects to your image.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo editing program
  • Digital photograph
  • Open the photo-editing program and open the digital photograph you wish to edit.

  • Make the digital photograph active and then select the background eraser tool.

  • Change the size of the tool so it is more than "100" and set the limits of the eraser tool to “Contiguous.” Increase the “Opacity” of the tool so it is near "100."

  • Position the cursor over the background, making sure that part of the circle of the cursor overlaps onto the focal point of the photograph. Click the mouse once and you will see the background immediately turn transparent while the focal point remains. Click and drag the mouse around the entire photo to make the background transparent. Let go of the mouse button to assess your work. If you make any mistakes, click “Undo”.

  • Work until the entire background is transparent, leaving only the focal point of the photograph.

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