Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Video Tutorial: How to Make an Image Background Transparent (Mac)

One of my (many) summer projects has been to fancy up the blog a bit and add some personalization to make it feel more like home. My most recent development in this project has been the addition of social media buttons. The process was relatively simple, but once I created and installed the new buttons, the white background of the images on top of my pink blog template looked tacky and drove me crazy. Fortunately, there was an easy fix to my problem. I just used the "Instant Alpha" feature of Preview on my Mac. As you can see, it make a huge difference!

To share this simple photo editing method with you, I made quick video tutorial. Please note that I used the Mac application of Preview to make these picture edits. If you are a PC user, this tutorial will not be helpful to you.

And there you have it - an easy way to remove the white background from images. I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. You can find my complete collection of video tutorials by clicking Techie Tutorials on the top menu. 

How do you plan to use this photo editing technique in your classroom or blog? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. You are amazing! I will use this when making games and the clip art has a white background. Now, do you know how to compress files so they are not so large? I had trouble downloading a freebie to TpT because the file was too large. Thank you for all these tips!

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    1. Hmmm... I will have to look into decompressing files :)

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  3. Ah ha! Thank you!!! My old Office program did a pretty good job at this, but the new one doesn't at all. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    First with Franklin

  4. You are amazing! Thanks for the video!!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
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  5. This is super, thanks for sharing! I'm giving you an award, swing by and check it out when you get a chance :)
    First Grade Dual

  6. Hi there! I've awarded you the One Lovely Blog award :) Fee free to stop by to pick it up!


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  7. Hi Maria, this works beautifully on a web page but nothing I've tried will remove the white background from an image on the new blogger. I've used PSE11 to make it transparent and this method, with no luck.

    Thanks so much the tutorials,

    1. Ugh, Jan! I'm so sorry it isn't working on you for Blogger. I have heard that the programming for Blogger that is intended to be user-friendly and convenient occasionally makes some tasks impossible. Maybe if you Google it? Best of luck!

  8. This was very helpful! Something I was trying to figure out on my own with no luck! Thanks for posting!!

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