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How to make an image transparent

Posted April 29, 2024

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Not sure how to make images transparent, or give your image a transparent background? Whether you’re adding images to video presentations, slideshows for social media, or creating demo videos, effortlessly give any image within your video a transparent background using our AI powered image background removal feature.

You can even take your branded videos to the next level by turning PNG or JPEG files into watermarks just by making the entire image transparent using color correction tools.   

Read on to learn more about making images transparent and how to make an image background transparent in Clipchamp.  

How to make an image transparent  

Step 1. Import an image or select a stock image  

To make an image transparent, first you'll need to import your media. Click on the your media tab on the toolbar, then either click on the import media button or upload your photos using one of our integrations like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Xbox.  

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You can also select a stock image to make transparent. Click on the content library tab, then click on the visuals drop down arrow to select images. Browse the image library to find the perfect photo.  

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Drag and drop your image onto the timeline.  

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Step 2. Make your image transparent  

Click on the adjust colors tab on the property panel. Here, you will see image enhancing options like exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, and transparency. Drag the transparency slider to the right to make your image transparent. This will make your image look darker as there is no asset overlayed under your image. 

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If you’re unhappy with the changes, just drag the transparency slider to the left to remove the action. You can also reset your image using the reset button.  

Step 3. Add an image background  

Next, drag and drop and image or video onto the timeline below your image. To use stock media, click on the content library tab, then select backgrounds then drag and drop a background onto the timeline. Your top image will now appear overlayed and transparent.  

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You can also resize your image to turn it into a watermark. Use the corners by dragging in and out to edit the size of your image. You can freely move the image around the video preview to relocate.  

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For more help editing the appearance of your image and video, check out the color correction tutorial or read the video enhancing tutorial.  

How to make an image background transparent  

Follow the steps below to easily remove the image background making it transparent.  

  1. Import a PNG or JPEG image or photo. 

  2. Drag and drop your image onto the timeline. 

  3. Click on your image so it's highlighted green on the timeline.

  4. Right click on the video preview, then click on the remove background button. You can also click on the three dots on the floating toolbar to access the background removal tool.

  5. Your image background will automatically start to remove.

  6. Once your image background has finished removing, a second image with a transparent background will appear in the your media tab on the toolbar next to the original asset. Your timeline asset will now have a transparent background, as well as the image automatically downloading to your computer.

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For more help, take a look at our image background removal help article or explore the what's new blog.  

Try the image background removal feature today with Clipchamp or download the Clipchamp Windows app.

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