How to Remove a White Background from an Image in 5 Minutes!

Remove a white background

Introducing my very first guest bloggers – Davina and Caroline from Useful Graphic Design Tutorials. 

I have often battled with removing a white background from images and making them transparent.  I can’t tell you how many time-consuming ways I have tried – make sure you watch the video at the end – you won’t believe how easy it is – over to them!

So there you are, you’ve finished your article for your Blog, you’re feeling pleased with yourself and all you need to do is to find a suitable image or two to enhance the post.

Ooh, this is 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, 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!

Drat, and double drat! The images have got a white background and your Blog has a beautiful sleek ebony finish to it, so the white background really stands out. 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 on it, you have to remove this dratted white background. So now you have to figure out how to remove it; either go and ask on a forum, ring up your friend (some hope there) or Google it.

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

Think ‘Fairy Godmothers’, think free graphics software, think a step by step video tutorial on how to remove the background. Add a couple of “shazamms” 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. This is invaluable stuff!

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Davina & Caroline

How do you find working with graphics? Frustrating, tricky, a breeze? Do let us know in the comments below.

We are Davina & Caroline – 2 sisters from Wales, UK. We love messing around with graphics and you can find us on our Facebook page at



  1. This was SO helpful! I needed to remove the whitespace from a graphic of a signature, and while the specific instruction (Fuzzy tool) didn’t work (took out part of the writing!), it did lead me to using the Color Select tool which worked perfectly. And, gee, the price was sure right! :) THANK YOU.

  2. Interesting Read!!!! It’s really very cool that we have to remove white background from image in a 5 minute. There are some online tools are available through which a person can easily retouch their photos as they want. So understand the need and work accordingly.

  3. I’m sure you’re not supposed to comment on your own post, but I did want to say Thank You to Bev for inviting us to do this. It was our first time guest blogging too!

    We thought it was great fun and we hope that you are now all easily getting rid of the white bits! 😀
    Davina & Caroline

    • Hi Davina and Caroline! I thought it was such fun too! :) Let’s do it again sometime!


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