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How to Make MS Paint Transparent Background

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Written by Kelly Houstan

Have you guys ever been in a situation where you had to copy certain parts of an image onto another? You surely must have been; if whenever creating a meme to send on the group chat or for any other project. You can do this via first creating a transparent image/background. That can take up the effect of any background it is placed on as well. Having transparent details is an important part of any graphic design process. Especially when it comes to logos and stacking multiple images onto one another as well. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Make MS Paint Transparent Background. Let’s begin!

The process of creating a transparent image is actually really simple and can do via a variety of applications. Earlier, complicated and advanced software such as Adobe Photoshop had to be used to create transparency with tools like masking, selection, as well. But what most folks don’t know is, transparent images can also be created along with something as simple as MS Paint and MS Paint 3D. The first of which is available on all Windows Operating Systems as well. Here, a particular combination of tools is used to highlight the regions on the original image. Whenever the rest turns into a transparent background as well.

How to Make MS Paint Transparent Background

Using Paint 3D

Paint 3D was introduce via Microsoft in 2017 along with a lot of others via the Windows 10 Creators Update. It combined features of Microsoft Paint and 3D Builder applications into a lightweight and user-friendly application. One of the main aspects being Remix 3D, a community where one can edit, import, and share digital ideas and objects.

Making the background transparent is easier in Paint3D than MS Paint due to its Magic Select tool.

  • First, open the picture in Paint 3D via right-clicking on the image and choosing the appropriate software. (Right-tap > Open with > Paint 3D)
  • Adjust the picture according to scale and convenience as well. Click on ‘Magic Select’ located on top.

Magic selection is an advanced, however, fun tool with a lot of potentials. With its advanced learning technology, and it can remove objects in the background. However, here, it lends its hand in making an accurate selection hence, drastically reducing the time and energy spent, especially when one is dealing along with complex shapes.

  • When you select the tool , translucent borders will appear. Manually bring them closer so that only the object needed is highlighted whenever everything else is left in the dark. When satisfied with the selection, tap on ‘Next’ located in the tab to the right.
  • If there are any errors in the selection, and they can be fixed at this stage. You can refine your selection via adding or removing areas through using the tools located on the right. When you are satisfy with the area, click on ‘Done’ that is at the bottom.
  • The selected object will pop up and can also be moved around. Tap on ‘CTRL + C’ to copy the particular object.
  • Now open another image in Paint 3D via following Step 1.
  • Click on ‘CTRL + V’ to paste your previous selection here. Adjust the size and location of the object as per your requirements as well.
  • When you are pleased along with the final image, click on ‘Menu’ located on the top left and proceed to save the image.

Make Background Transparent Using MS Paint

Microsoft Paint has been a part of Microsoft Windows because its inception. It is a simple raster graphics editor that actually supports files in Windows bitmap, JPEG, PNG, GIF, and single-page TIFF format. Paint is primarily for creating images via drawing on a blank white canvas. However, also cropping, resizing, selecting tools, skewing, rotating to further manipulate the image. It is a really simple, lightweight, and user-friendly tool with lots of potentials.

Making the background transparent is just really easy in MS Paint, just follow the below-mentioned steps.

  • Right-click on the required image, scroll through the making sure menu, and hover your mouse on top of ‘Open with’ to launch a sub-menu. From the sub-menu, just choose ‘Paint’.
  • Just like that, open MS Paint first and tap on the ‘File’ menu located on the top right. Then tap on ‘Open’ to browse via your computer and choose the required picture.
  • When the selected image opens up in MS Paint, look toward the top-left corner, and then find ‘Image’ options. Tap on the arrow icon located under ‘Select’ to open selection options.
  • In the drop-down menu, first, turn on the ‘Transparent Selection’ option. Select whichever shapes fit best between ‘Rectangle Selection’ and ‘Free-form Selection’. (Such as: To select the moon, which is a circular entity, free-form is a viable option.)
  • At the bottom-right corner, find the ‘Zoom in/out’ bar and then adjust it in a way that the required object covers most of the available on-screen area. This helps in creating a space in order to make an accurate selection.


  • Slowly and carefully trace the outline of the object using your mouse whenever holding the left mouse button.
  • When the start and the endpoint of your tracing meet, a dotted rectangular box will appear around the object and then you would be able to move your selection.
  • Right-tap on your selection and choose ‘Cut’ in the menu or you can simply tap on ‘CTRL + X’ on your keyboard. This will make your selection disappear, which leaves just white space behind.
  • Then repeat Step 1 to open the image you want your selection to combine within MS Paint.
  • Tap ‘CTRL+V’ to paste the previous selection onto the new image. Your selection will appear along with a noticeable white background surrounding it.
  • Head to ‘Image’ settings again and click on the arrow under Select. Turn on ‘Transparent Selection’ once again and the white background will disappear.
  • Adjust the position and size of the object as per your requirements as well.

When satisfied, tap on the File menu in the top-left corner and click on ‘Save as’ in order to store the picture.

Always remember to change the filename whenever saving to prevent confusion.

How to save a picture along with a transparent background?

To save a picture along with transparent background, we will be using MS Paint or Paint 3D along with some assistance from Microsoft Powerpoint as well.

  • Either in MS Paint or Paint 3D, choose the object needed via following the steps mentioned above and then tap on ‘CTRL + C’ to copy the selected object.
  • Open Microsoft Powerpoint and in a blank slide and tap on ‘CTRL+V’ to paste.
  • When pasted, right-click on the object and tap on ‘Save as Picture’.
  • Now make sure to change Save as type to ‘Portable Network Graphics’ also known as ‘.png’ file when saving.


Alright, folks, I hope you like this article and understand now. If you have any issues and queries related to it, just comment down and let us know.

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