How to make an image transparent

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  1. Adjust the transparency of the image in Photoshop, Canva, or Paint 3D.
  2. How to make an image transparent in Photoshop
  3. How to make an image transparent in Paint 3D
  4. How to make an image transparent in Canva

Adjust the transparency of the image in Photoshop, Canva, or Paint 3D.

Changing the transparency or opacity of an image can add a whole new vibe to a design or photography project. Adjusting the transparency of the text can create a softer feel, while lowering the opacity of another layer can create an air of mystery and draw the viewer in for a closer look.

Many popular image editing programs are able to adjust the transparency of an image. Here’s how to get an image’s opacity levels right in Adobe Photoshop, Paint 3D, and Canva.

How to make an image transparent in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular image editing software for professional designers and photographers. It offers a wide range of features, including editing transparency and image layers.

  1. Open your PSD document in Photoshop.

  2. Make sure the Layers box is visible in Photoshop. If not, select Window in the main menu and then layers to display a check mark next to the word.

  3. In the Layers panel you should see several visuals. The one at the top of the list is at the top of the image layers and the bottom one is below the rest. Select the image or word layer whose transparency you want to edit.

  4. Find cover in the Layers field and click the small arrow next to it to open the Opacity or Transparency slider.

  5. Drag the slider left and right to change the transparency of the selected layer.

How to make an image transparent in Paint 3D

The free Windows 10 image editing software, Paint 3D, has very limited image editing capabilities, but you can change the transparency of some aspects of a project using stickers.

  1. Open your project or image file in Paint 3D as usual.

  2. Select stickers in the main menu. The Stickers feature allows you to add patterns, textures, and other images that can be placed on top of an image already loaded into Paint 3D. Select a sticker type from the menu on the right side of the screen.

  3. With your sticker selected, select anywhere in your Paint 3D project. This will place the sticker on top of your current image. You can move, resize and rotate it with your mouse.

  4. While the sticker is editable, a new menu with an opacity slider will appear on the right side of the screen. Drag this slider to change the transparency of the sticker.

  5. When everything is set up to your liking, check the box to the right of your new sticker.

How to make an image transparent in Canva

Canva is a free online image editing program that runs entirely in your web browser. It lacks many of the features Photoshop has, but is very beginner-friendly and provides users with many high-quality templates that can be edited and modified. Canva also supports transparency effects.

  1. Open or create a project in Canva as usual.

  2. Select the element in your Canva project whose transparency you want to change. A thin border should appear around the element if you selected it correctly. A new menu will also appear at the top of the screen.

  3. On the right side of this new menu, select the box that looks like a disappearing checkerboard. A slider will appear below it.

  4. Drag the slider horizontally to change the transparency of the selected element.

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