Remove a White Background from Your Image In 5 Minutes Flat


Let’s set the Scene on how to removing a white background

So there you are, you’ve finished your article for your Blog, you’re feeling pleased with yourself because you think it’s a stonking article.

All you need to do is to find a suitable image or two to enhance the post.

Ooh, now you’re getting to the fun bit..

So you scurry off to one of the many sites that have been recommended, where you can get images that are part of the Creative Commons project, you check the license, and you select a relevant couple of images.

You’ve already decided where to put the images so that they enhance your text and you upload them to the site and stand back and admire your work. Ta da!

Here’s the nub of the problem

Drat, and double drat! The images have got a white background and it’s lying on your coloured Blog background, so the white background on the image  really stands out.

Huh! Just what you don’t want!

It seemed like a really good idea when you were deciding how you wanted your Blog to look, but each time you use an image (it’s those jpeg ones) on it, you have to remove this annoying white background from the image.

So now you have to figure out how to remove it; either go and ask on a forum, phone a friend (some hope there) or Google it.  NB. Hopefully you would find this post/video tutorial if you did that -:)

Can anyone out there relate to this scenario? If so, fear not, because help is at hand.


Professional image with white background

Bits of the white background remain






Here’s the Quick Solution!

Think ‘Fairy Godmothers’ think Minerva McGonagall, think free graphics software, think a step by step video tutorial on how to remove the background.

Add a couple of “Expelliarmus Deletrius” and the background has gone.

Well, not quite but if you do follow what Davina is showing you on the video in this post, then it really can be that simple.

Davina uses the free software Gimp to do this. She just goes through the steps you only need to take to do this, so you don’t have to learn ‘chapter and verse’ to be able to complete the task.

Davina also shows you a little known tip then ensures that all the white bits get zapped.
Watch out for this at 2.20 minutes into the video

It’s magic!


Remove White Background






About The Author

Caroline Jones

I’m Caroline and I look to help small business owners create their own graphics by writing tutorials and tips on graphics editing software. I live in Wales , love Tartan and Coffee Ice Cream. You can read more about me here

  • Dawn

    I cant save my image as png, it just wont let me- any tips please?

    • Dawn – I’m not sure exactly what stage you are at, but if you look at Davina’s comments below yours here, you’re likely to find the answer.

    • If you done it photos hop then first try to save it by selecting “Save as”. Then select your format file as PNG.

  • Jan

    What a gem. Thanks for sharing

  • Jennie

    Your quick response was much appreciated. Once I added that step, everything worked like magic! Thanks again for your help!

  • Jennie

    What am I doing wrong. I’m not sure how to delete the white background. You say in the video to delete it but don’t say how. I press the delete key and that doesn’t do it. If I go to the layer box and click delete layer (the trash can) it deletes my entire picture. I have tried a couple of images so far an nothing works. HELP! : )

    • You have to add an Alpha channel to the layer. This gives the image a transparent layer so that when you take off the white there is something for your image to sit on.

      To do this –
      Make sure the layer is highlighted.( if the lettering on it is bold then it needs an Alpha Cannel)
      Go up to Layers on the Menu bar, click on it.
      In the drop down list come down to Transparency, click on it.
      Go to the right and click on Add Alpha Channel.

      The only difference you will see is the lettering on the layer is no longer bold.
      Make your selection as per the video and press delete.
      This should now work but if anyone is still having difficulties please let us know.