Remove a white background in Paint (with images)

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Remove a white background in Paint (with images)
Remove a white background in Paint (with images)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to make a white background transparent using Microsoft Paint. If you're using Windows 10, your computer comes with an updated version of MS Paint (called Paint 3D) that allows you to remove backgrounds with just a few clicks. If you're using an earlier version of Windows, you can't save an image with a transparent image in Paint. However, you can cut out parts of the image and paste it on a different background.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Using Paint 3D

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Step 1. Open Paint 3D

Windows 10 ships with an updated version of MS Paint called MS Paint 3D. you can find it in the Start menu, or by typing "Paint 3D" in the Windows search bar.

You can use this method with any solid-colored background

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Step #2. Click Open

It's the second box on the left of the welcome screen.

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Step #3. Click on Browse Files

It's at the top of the right panel.

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Step 4. Select your file and click Open

This will open your image for editing.

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Step 5. Click on the Canvas tab

It's the hash icon in the toolbar at the top of the app.

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Step 6. Slide the 'Transparent canvas' switch to On

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It's in the right panel under "Canvas." This turns off the background color, although you won't quite notice it yet.

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Step 7. Uncheck 'Resize image with canvas'

It's in the center of the right panel.

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Step 8. Drag the edges of the canvas to fit the image inside

You can do this by dragging the small boxes in at each corner until it's close to that part of the image you want to keep.

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Step 9. Click Magic Select

It's in the light gray area of ​​the toolbar at the top of the screen, on the left. The icon looks like an outline of a person looking into their reflection. The Magic Selection pane expands on the right.

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Step 10. Click Next

This is in the right panel.

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Step 11. Uncheck 'Autofill background'

It's in the right panel.

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Step 12. Click Done

This only removes the selected portion of the image from what's left of the background and puts it on a new temporary background (which is also white).

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Step 13. Click the Canvas tab again

It's the hash icon in the main menu at the top of the app.

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Step 14. Slide the 'Show Canvas' switch to Off

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It's at the top of the right panel. Now you only see the selected part of the image on a gray background.

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Step 15. Click on the Menu button

It's the folder in the top left corner of Paint 3D.

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Step 16. Click on Save As

This is in the middle of the menu.

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Step 17. Click Image

It is the box with an icon of a picture of mountains.

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Step 18. Check the box next to 'Transparency'

It's in the right panel. The background appears checkered, which means it is transparent. The checkered pattern is not saved with the subject.

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Step 19. Click on Save

This is at the bottom right of the screen.

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Step 20. Enter a file name and click Save

Your image will now be saved with a completely transparent background.

Method 2 of 2: Using MS Paint

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Step #1. Open Paint

You can do this quickly by typing 'paint' in the Windows search bar and clicking Paint in the search results.

  • If you have Windows 10, use the 'Paint 3D' method.
  • It is not possible to make the white background transparent in MS Paint. This method teaches you how to cut out the part of the image you want to keep and paste it onto another background.
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Step #2. Click File on the main menu

It's in the top left corner of Paint.

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Step #3. Click Open

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Step 4. Choose an image and click Open

Make sure to select the image with a white background.

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Step 5. Click on Color 2

It's in the toolbar at the top of the screen, to the right of the color palette.

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Step 6. Click on the eyedropper

It's in the main menu at the top of the screen (in the 'Tools' panel).

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Step 7. Click on an empty area of ​​the white background

The background color will now appear in the 'Color 2' box.

Even if the color of the box was already white, this is just an extra precaution to take in case the background of the image has a gray or other tint

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Step 8. Click the down arrow

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under 'Select'.

It's in Paint's main menu. A drop-down menu will appear.

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Step 9. Click on Transparent Selection

This option is at the bottom of the menu. A check mark will appear next to the option to indicate that it is selected. The Transparent Selection tool ignores the white background when you copy images in Paint and paste them into another image.

The Transparent Selection tool ignores the white background when you copy images in Paint and paste them into another image

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Step 10. Click the down arrow

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under 'Select'.

This will open the menu again.

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Step 11. Click Rectangular Selection

It's at the top of the menu. With this tool you can draw a marquee around the subject to select it.

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Step 12. Select the part of the image you want to keep

Click and drag the mouse until you've covered the entire area, then lift your finger off the button. A dotted rectangular checkbox appears around the selected area.

  • Anything within your selection that doesn't match the color in 'Color 2' will be kept. If the background is not completely white (for example, if there are shadows or objects in the background that you don't want to keep), choose Freeform selection, so you can select only the part of the image you want to keep.
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Step 13. Click on Copy

This option is located near the top left corner of Paint in the 'Clipboard' panel. This will copy your selection.

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Step 14. Create or open a new file

Now that your selection has been copied, you can open the image where you want to paste the selection. You will be prompted to save or delete the changes to the image you are working on before the new image can be opened.

  • click on File in the upper right corner.
  • click on New to create a new file, or click To open to open another image.
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Step 15. Click on Paste

This option is near the top left corner of the Paint window. Pastes the selected part of the previous image onto the new image.

  • Click and drag the pasted selection to move it.
  • There may still be some white showing around the edges of the image you pasted. Keep reading to learn how to fix this.
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Step 16. Click on Color 1

It's next to the palette at the top of the screen.

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Step 17. Click on the eyedropper in the toolbar

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Step 18. Click on the background next to the white borders

If white is left around the edges of the image, click on the background to the right of the white border to select the color immediately behind the white border. This allows you to change the white areas to the color that matches the selected color.

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Step 19. Click on the paintbrush

It's the paintbrush icon to the right of the Tools panel at the top of Paint.

You can click the down arrow below the brush to select different brush types

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Step 20. Paint over the white edges

Use the brush tool to color over the white edges left around the object you pasted.

  • Zoom in and try not to color in the pasted image.
  • If the background is not a solid color, you may need to use the eyedropper more than once.
  • Click on the drop-down menu below Size to change the brush size. Use a larger brush to paint over most of the remaining white border, then zoom in and switch to a smaller brush for more precision.
  • Look for any white areas of the image that the Transparent Selection tool didn't copy. Use the brush tool to recolor them.
  • If you accidentally colorize part of the image, press Ctrl+Z to undo it.

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