Transparent Background on Desktop Icon

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yoshi43, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. yoshi43 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    Hi, I am trying to get a transparent background on a desktop icon. I've used GIMP to add a transparency alpha layer and exported as a png, but when it shows on the desktop there is still a white background. However, I know the transparency layer took because when I hit get info there is no white background in the preview. So I am wondering what I am doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    You can try using the instant alpha tool in Preview. Simply open the image in preview, and click on the edit button-


    then find the Instant Alpha tool and click on it-


    and simply drag the cursor over the white background until only the background it selected, then press delete and export the image.

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