How to Create Transparent Backgrounds for Free

If you have a free account with Canva.com, you’ve probably already figured out that you cannot download your PNG images with a transparent background.

 

That function is for “Canva for Work” users who have paid plans. But, you want to be cool and have transparent backgrounds like everyone else…you’re just tight on funds and/or the Canva upgrade simply isn’t on your priority list.

No worries.  I’m going to show you 2 Ways to get a transparent background without having to upgrade.

Method 1: LunaPic

LunaPic is an online editing tool that allows you to change your image in many ways. It’s honestly one of my favorites, and the best part is that it’s free. No signup required.

Here’s the direct link to the transparency tool. Save it to your favorites.

Let’s go over 2 situations in Canva.

In this example, I took the “I Heart Canva” graphic from the Elements area, changed the color of the heart and placed it on an orange background.

 

Now I want just the heart with a transparent background. Go into LunaPic, upload the graphic and click on the color you want removed, which in this case is the orange.

 

Tip: When you know you’re going to need a transparent background in Canva, it’s best to use a background color somewhat close to the color of your graphic because sometimes there is a tiny outer line left even after you adjust the threshold.

 

2nd Situation, which is tricky:

Let’s use this sample logo I created for the Boss Brand Guide.

I created in Canva and it has a white background.  If I were to place it on another image, it wouldn’t look too great:

 

Go into the original logo image created in Canva and change the background to color close to the outer edge. I’ll just use pink in this example.

You probably expected the white to stay behind the letter of the logo, but that isn’t the case.  The whole logo is already transparent.  How do we fix this?

Go over to “Shapes” click the circle and change the color to white.  Make sure it’s the same size as your logo (Canva already did it for me). Then arrange the circle to the back.

 

 

Download the image once again and upload it into LunaPic, clicking the pink to get rid of the background.

 

And there you have your logo, which the white only behind the letters with a transparent background. Download it from LunaPic and upload it into Canva.

IMPORTANT: Don’t drag and drop for png with transparent background in Upload portion of Canva, it will not upload correctly. Upload your transparent background images by clicking “Upload your own images” and choosing the image in your computer.

Now you can see that when add the image back into your desired background, it looks like it’s supposed to look!

 

Method 2: Burner Bonanza

Burner Bananza is good for situations where the background of the image matches elements within the image that you don’t want transparent OR the background is way more complicated than a solid color.  Go to Burner Bananza and upload (or drag) you image into the area indicated.

LunaPic won’t do the job in this case.

 

Burner Bonanza will remove the background in different ways, and you can choose which one is closet to the one you want.  If it’s not perfect, simply choose the one that requires you do to do the least amount of work and click the “Touch Up” button.

In the Touch Up area, you will use the magic wand to indicate which areas to keep or remove.  Once completed, you click “Log in to Download” (creating an account is free).  You will download your completed image, and that’s it!

Now you can remove backgrounds without having to purchase expensive tools.  🙂

Want to see it done on video? Watch it here!

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