How to Make Transparent Gifs

How to Make Transparent Gifs

Make your pictures blend into your page by making them transparent

 
What is a transparent gif?

Here is an example:

This image is not transparent.
Notice the white background.

         This gif is transparent.
The background has disappeared.

  Often a page will be improved if you use transparent gifs for illustrations.

IMPORTANT:  The following process will only work with gifs.


How to Make Your Image into a .gif

If you are working with PowerPoint, do this:

Open your file in PowerPoint and click on one of the images. 
Six little squares will appear around it
 
Go to EDIT and choose COPY.
 
Open the PAINT program.  Go to EDIT and click on PASTE.

        Your graphic should now appear on the PAINT screen.

If you are making a web page, do this:

Open Paint or the graphics program of your choice.

Go to your graphics file and open the graphic that you want to use.

Your graphic should now appear on the PAINT screen.

If you are making a web page, do this:

Open Paint or the graphics program of your choice.
Open the image that you want to use from the file where you keep it.

Your graphic should now appear on the PAINT screen.

Eveyone should do this:

Go to FILE and choose SAVE AS
 
Go the file where you want to save your image or
just choose desktop and save it there.
 
At the bottom of the window you will see FILE NAME.  Type in the name of the image here.
 

Go down to the next line where the picture says SAVE AS TYPE.

 
At the very end of the little window there is a small black arrow head pointing down.
 
Press on the arrow head and you will see a choice of formats to save in.
 
Chose GIF and then press SAVE.
 
Your image is now in GIF format.
 

How to Make Your .gif Transparent

 
Go to "How Do I Get 'Started"
 
Follow the directions carefully.  They are clear and pretty easy.

You will upload your .gif image to the web and make it transparent.

Then you will save the now transparent .gif back to your own disk.


Insert Your Transparent .gif into Your Web Page or PowerPoint Document

Go back to the page in PowerPoint or in your web page editor.

Click on the place where you want to insert your graphic.

INSERT your PICTURE  -- FROM FILE

 
Find the picture file and click on it.
 
You are finished!
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