How to make
a transparent GIF
This tutorial will show you how
to make part of an image transparent by saving it
in the GIF format.
1) Make a new image, any size.
For this demonstration I will use 100x100 so that
it will easily fit on this page.
2) Fill the background with a
color you know is not going to be in the final
image. Here I will use a bright red. I will now
draw my image, a smiley face, in white with the
3) Now go to
Image>Mode>Indexed Color. This will make
the image a certain number of colors.
4) Go to File>Export>Gif89a
Export. This dialog box will allow you to pick
which colors you want to make transparent. Click
on the red either in the image or in the color
index at the bottom. If there are multiple shades
of red, be sure to get them all.
As you will notice, the red
part has become grey, indicating that it will be
transparent in the final picture.
5) Click OK and choose where to
save it and you are finished! The final product (on a black background):
You can also do this with more
complex images with more colors, but the process
is the same. Just be sure that the color you want
to make transparent is not anywhere else in the
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