Make a PNG Transparent: How to Remove Background from PNG Image

When your project requires a transparent background image file for logos, or for printing on stationery or merchandise—t-shirts or mugs for instance—use our PNG maker tools to create the right kind of file.

What's a PNG file? It's an acronym for Portable Network Graphics and it was designed to be a high-quality, lossless file format. JPEG is another file format that compresses images nicely, but it doesn’t have a key feature of the PNG format: PNGs can maintain transparency. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to:

  1. Create transparent PNG files for text or images

  2. Make a transparent PNG file from scratch with a blank canvas

  3. Pair your PNG file with stock photography for product mockups

  4. Use a PNG as a watermark for your images


How to make a text-only transparent PNG

Upload your logo or text design. Unlock the background layer and right-click to delete. Boom! Background: gone.


How to make a transparent PNG from an image

The background remover tool in PicMonkey is available to Pro subscribers, and it's pretty darn magical for quickly creating transparent backgrounds under a pic.

Use the background remover tool to create a transparent background for an image.

  1. Open an image in PicMonkey.

  2. Click Remove bkgnd in the Image Tools menu on the left. Bye background!

  3. Click Download in the top toolbar and choose “PNG image” as the file type.


How to make a PNG from a blank canvas

  1. Open a blank canvas and enter the dimensions you desire. (See: convert inches to pixels)

  2. With your blank canvas open, click the white circle in the Background Tools menu on the left.

  3. Instead of choosing a color, click the Transparent checkbox under the color spectrum.

  4. Add your text, and adjust as desired

  5. Click Download in the top toolbar and choose “PNG image” as the file type.

Learn more about the background remover tool: Automatic Background Remover, Plus Design Inspo!


Mock up your products with stock photos

It helps to get a clearer vision of what your finished design will look like if you create a mock up—that is, an image of your logo or branding on a product. This is really easy to do in PicMonkey because we have a million stock photos from Shutterstock for all subscribers, with a super-premium, all-inclusive Shutterstock Pro library available to our Pro and Business subscribers (see: millions more mega-quality stock photos). Just search the stock video library for "________ mock up" as in, "bottle mock up" or "t-shirt mock up" or business card, ball cap, billboard...you get the idea.

Add your PNG image on top, position and adjust, and now you have a pretty good idea of how your branding works on products. Download your work to share with the printer, or to upload to your ecommerce store.

Also see: How to Do Product Packaging Design for Your Business


Brand your images with a watermark

Watermarks help prevent people from using your photos without permission, or without giving you any credit. Not to mention, they're a branding godsend.

One of the most popular types of watermarks is a logo. All you need to do in order to use your own logo as a watermark is turn it into a transparent PNG file using the steps above. If you want to create a logo from scratch, try out our logo maker tools.

Read more: How to Create a Watermark for Your Images

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.