At some point or another, every web developer (or just an average Joe making a web page) needs to create a graphic with a transparent background. This can be done by utilizing either the dated GIF format or the much preferred PNG option. While there are many graphic tools available which can do this, I’m going to reference my personal favorite, Paint.NET.

This post on Paint.NET’s forum shows exactly how to remove the (usually white) background on images. Basically you utilize the magic wand tool by clicking on the background and then pressing the delete key. Repeat as needed if there are multiple sections where the background appears. Once all the background sections are removed, save the graphic in PNG format.

Of the many programs I have worked with, Paint.NET is by far the easiest for doing this.