How to Make an Image with a Transparent Background in Canva

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Image transparency and backgrounds seem to be the always-present, never-ending thorns in the sides of anyone trying to do graphic design without Photoshop, am I right?

You work and work, tweak, work some more and think you’ve finally created the perfect image, let’s say a logo in this case, and when you go to use it, boom, you’re white-boxed:

Yes, this even happens in something as foolproof as Canva. But, in true Canva fashion, there is also a better, much easier way. With that said, the much easier way is only available with the Canva Pro Membership.

Yes, you have to pay for it, but I’ve literally just written blog after blog after blog where I find myself saying, this isn’t free, but is one thing that makes Canva Pro totally worth it.

(This is also not to be confused with removing the background from an image in Canva, which also, is very easy.)

Transparent Background in Canva

When it comes to the transparency of your images, you just need to be more careful when downloading.

1. Go to “Download” Your Image

Go to the top right of the screen as if you’re wanting to download your image and click the “download” button.

2. Select “PNG” from the Options

Probably the most important thing to keep in mind in Canva and other design endeavors. If you want a transparent background, you need to make sure to select to download the image as a PNG.

3. Click “Transparent background”

Doesn’t get much easier than this, right? Canva knows what you want and is making it way too easy for you to grab it.

4. Click “Download” Again

Once you’re all set, all that’s left to do is actually download the image by clicking the “download” button one last time.

And that’s it! Now, with your downloaded output, you should have a nice, crisp, image with a transparent background that you are able to use to your heart’s content…which basically means to use on top of any background you wish without having to worry about that white box border!

Thoughts or issues with this? Please feel free to comment and I’ll try to assist!

Alternatively, Snappa also makes it easy to create any type of online graphic, and I’m starting to use it more and more. No idea if they offer the ability to easily make an image with a transparent background, but you can give it a shot.

Or, just pay $5 for someone on Fiverr to do this for you. I’ve definitely swallowed my pride a few times and just hired a freelancer on Fiverr for quick turnaround, and often receiving something better than I could have done myself.

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