When I create graphics for social media or blogs, there are times when I come across a graphic with a white background. Even some of my clients receive great logos from their designers however they never get a logo with the transparent background. The question is how to get rid of the dreaded white background without going into Adobe Photoshop or paying for a software to get it done.
I have tested so many web applications and it all came down to 2 image photo editors to remove backgrounds that were super easy to use. I mean REALLY easy to use.
Here’s the 2 BEST & FREE image editing tools to remove backgrounds:
LunaPic is not a new web application; it’s been around the web world for quite a while from what I can gather at least 10 years old. I guess many people don’t like it because of the ads splattered all over the site. However it does the job and it does it fast. I used my revised logo as an example.
- Upload your photo/graphic
- Click on Edit and scroll down to Transparency
- Click on the image color you would like to make transparent
BAM! It’s done.
Take a look at the GIF below.
I didn’t increase the speed on this GIF, this was real time and would actually have been less if I was at the home page to upload my logo at first. It took a full minute!
Online Image Editor
Online Image Editor is another excellent option. Nothing fancy about the user interface, no matter, this tool gets the job done. You can also use it for many other features such as create GIFs or animation. I have never used any of the other features but it’s certainly something to look into.
- Once you upload your photo, click on the Wizard tab.
- Click on the diamond graphic that states Transparency.
- Click on Selected Transparent Area on the left and click on the background.
- Wait for the magic to happen… Boom! The background is removed.
Again for this GIF as in the LunaPic demo, I didn’t speed up the GIF. It literally took 1 minute to remove the white background. It did find some holes in the lettering, which I was able to click on and the background disappeared. That was awesome!
Research & Experience with Image Photo Editors
With my experience with other image editors, these were the only 2 that I would remove a white background in 1 minute or less. I used to use PowerPoint to remove the background but it was absolutely a tedious project.
Check out the comparison with the GIF below when I used my logo in PowerPoint.
That was a lot of work compared to LunaPic and Online Image Editor. I did have to increase the speed 3 times fast in this GIF because it took WAY TOO LONG to get done.
What are your favorite image editor tools?
I like to call these tools my “Canva Sidekicks” because when I get through with removing the backgrounds I upload them to Canva to create more images.
These image editor tools work for me and as you can see from my mini videos they are super fast. I’d like to know what you use when you experience white backgrounds on your graphics.
Give these tools a try and let me know how you like them in the comments.
Lillian De Jesus
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