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Canva: How to make background transparent

Canva transparent background

In this article, we discuss how to make the background transparent in Canva, a very powerful designing tool for non-designers.

Getting straight to the point, you can download images with transparent background in Canva. But it is not available with a free account. You need one of the Pro, Teams, Education, or Not-for-profit account.

Getting straight to the point, you can download images with transparent background in Canva. But it is not available with a free account. You need one of the Pro, Teams, Education, or Not-for-profit account.

*from the official help in Canva

How to Make a Transparent Background in Canva

Canva make background transparent

For example, let’s try to remove the background from this image of a dog.

Detailed steps

Canva make background transparent

1. First, you want to click the “Edit photo” button on the top left.

2. Than click on the “BG Remover” tool, which you will find in the tools section that will pop out. (This is a Pro account only feature)

Canva will automatically remove what it considers it should.
In my experience, This tool works perfectly for most of the time. But sometimes it doesn’t. If so, “BG Remover” button one more time. Than a brush tool will appear which you can use to make adjustments.

For this case, it did its magic and worked as I wanted to.

Canva make background transparent

And this is the end result. Which looks perfect. So lets download it!

3. To download the image you have to, click on the share button on the top right.

4. Than click the download button down below.

Canva make background transparent

But this is the part you need to be careful of.

5. You need to make sure to download this image in PNG and make sure to check the “Transparent Background” option.

Canva make background transparent

For example, if you download this image in JPG, the image will look like the following.

JPG files does not have the ability to handle graphics with transparent backgrounds, so it will have a white background automatically , which we don’t want.

Canva make background transparent

End result

Canva make background transparent

And this is the end result after checking the “Transparent Background“.

Perfect!

Alternative

So, making the background transparent in Canva costs money.
Let’s talk about other free alternatives.

If you want to make a image that has a transparent background, there are free alternatives tools that you can use.

For example, like Gimp.

Gimp is a powerful image editor software, that is free. It is a free-source tool that used by many people.
The negative side of tools like Gimp, or any other, image editing and designing software is that, it is more advanced tool which may be difficult for beginners to get a hold of, compared to Canva.

And I imagine that if you are using Canva in the first place, you are not willing to get into the hustle of using a more advanced tool.

So, maybe having a Canva Pro account might be worth your money.

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