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A Free Tool To Make Image Background Transparent

Today I came across and amazing free tool to help make image background transparent. What awesomeness! I don’t have Photoshop and so I have tried several free tools such as Gimp and Paint to try to make image background transparent. Each time I failed miserably, because often the image is a composite and with Gimp and paint it is not an easy task to remove image background. Often, with these tools, not only does the background become transparent, but part of the image itself is lost as well.

Why Sometimes We Need To Make Image Background Transparent

Often we find beautiful images that we could easily use for headers, logos, banners, ebook covers, reports and other specific tasks but the only thing that prevents us from using them is the image background. Typically, it is impossible to match the image background to our own preferred backgrounds. Previously I have created a video that shows you how to change the color of image background to match the color scheme of your header or theme, but even that does not work 100% and it does not apply to composite images.

So when you are creating headers, logos, banners ebook covers, etc., you pretty well depend on an expensive designer to help you out, simply because you are unable to remove image background.

Comparison Of Image With Background And A Modified Image With Transparent Background

In this post I’ll show you how to remove image background from a composite, pretty complex image. I did it with a free, online background remover tool. The whole process took me about 3 minutes. Here I’ll use the example of the featured image at the beginning of the post. I chose this one because I already tried other tools to create a transparent background on this image, without any success, when I wanted to add this image to an ebook cover.

Let’s compare the image with the original background and one where I removed the background and made the image background transparent. I placed the images on blue background for an easy comparison.

Comparison of original and transparent image background

As you can see the original image with the backgroundΒ (on the left) does not blend into the the blue scheme. The image with transparent background blends well into the blue color. This is not a beautiful example, because the computer image was cut off in the original picture. But I selected it none the less because of the complexity of the image.

A Free Tool To Make Image Background Transparent – How It Works

The amazing free tool to make image background transparent can be found at ClipMagic.

In the tool’s dashboard, I simply uploaded the image. The tool then displays the original image and the modified image side by side so that you can see what is happening as you modify the image.

Side by side comparison of original and modified image
On the left hand side is the original image with the background. All I had to do is click on the red dot (left hand side corner) and then click on the background I wanted to get rid of.

Similarly, to retain the image I wanted, I clicked on the green dot then clicked on the image itself.

The green dots allow you to preserve the image you want. The red dots pinpoint the areas where you want to remove background from image and make it transparent.

There is a video tutorial on the website as well (this is a web tool, you don’t have to download anything). However, the process to remove background image is so simple that I did not even have to watch the video. Because the image on the right hand side reflects the changes you are making to the original image, there is no room for error.

So, go on. Give it a try. Take a composite image and make the image background transparent. Enjoy this wonderful free tool and let me know what you think about this magic. Happy clipping.


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20 Responses to A Free Tool To Make Image Background Transparent

  1. Matt January 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Great tool, very handy and simple to use.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  2. Akhil Swatantra January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    thanks to good finally i got one awesome site i am design my blog logo in coreldraw and i don’t know how to make my logo background transparent thanks to you for sharing this lovely article now its easy for me to make any image transparent thank you for sharing this article with us.
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  3. Trevor McHaffie December 31, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I just came across your blog and you have some great tips here.

    I always have problems with making transparent backgrounds on some of the images I use. This is a great find πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to use it!

  4. Tariqul October 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Very attractive as well as cool stuff. I was waiting long time for this type of software. I personally using photoshop but it require very attention as well as experience to perfectly remove multi color background.
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  5. Cararta October 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Dita,


    Solid shapes a breeze…like their watering can…

    Flowers and people with Hair a little harder,
    but much easier than anything else I’ve tried to use.

    I think it might work easier where you have a good well defined background for objects that are all connected!

    Great Share!

    • Dita Irvine October 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      Hi Cararta,

      They have video tutorial that explains the little more complex situations. I have used it on images with furs and other uneven images and it works very well on those but it takes some practice.

  6. Adrienne September 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Oh wow Dita, that looks so easy.

    Some of these other programs I’ve used I’ve found really don’t work all that well. It’s like you have to outline the image and let’s face it. No one can get it right trying to draw around a person or thing.

    I can’t wait to try this one out. Thank you so much for sharing this and I’m glad you wrote about this after learning about it in one of your Facebook groups. Thank you to Jim! πŸ˜‰


  7. Barry Wells September 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    What a great post detailing such an excellent resource.

    I haven’t come across this before but have now saved it to my fav’s and will give it a go.

    I’ve tried other programs as well and only ever had any luck with Photoshop but even then I had to have the photo taken with a contrasting colour behind me so I could clear it out without to much difficulty.

    Thanks again for sharing a great resource πŸ™‚

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  8. Susan Neal September 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Dita – one of my fellow blogging friends, Tim Bonner, tipped me off about this post – it’s a great share. I’ve been using GIMP to do this, but this tool looks much easier.

    Many thanks πŸ™‚
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  9. darasi September 21, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    Yes, today people always depend on adobe photoshop to edit images. But, it’s require so much of money for the license πŸ™ . I think your recommend site is the best solution for us who still rookie in this business πŸ™‚ . Although, the features not complete like photoshop, It’s still worth to try…

    • Dita Irvine September 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Hi Darasi,
      Photoshop is way too expensive and it is also quite tough technically (until you get a hang of it). This wonderful tool if used for this purpose is good enough and not at all technically challenging.

  10. Gary Riding September 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Thanks Dita for the great share. I am completely hopeless when it comes to using layers in Gimp, so this tool will really help me to make my banners. Just a word of caution though, it is important to check that you have the rights to manipulate an image for commercial reasons.

    • Dita Irvine September 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

      Hi Garry,

      I am not an expert on layers but I don’t think it would even help in gimp. I tried and it did not work for me. But as I said I am not an expert. I often used and the magic tool to remove background but the success depended on the image itself

  11. Tim Bonner September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Dita

    I’ve tried making the background transparent with Photoshop and it’s not all that easy either.

    This tool will really come in handy. There’s been a few times I’ve needed to do this and got frustrated and given up!
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    • Dita Irvine October 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Hey Tim,

      I love this tool, that is all I can say. I am all smiles.

  12. Dave E Wilkes September 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi Dita

    You are a mind reader.

    How did you know I had the exact same problem that you describe here.

    I have several images that I haven’t been able to use because of the background.

    This will solve that problem – no problem.

    Thanks very much for the info. You are a star
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