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5-minute website fixes: Give your business logo a transparent background

So, after deciding to grow your business online you’ve started researching ways to make your website stand out and all of your studies have pointed you in one direction – develop a brand for your business.

First step? Your logo.

Lucky for you, a friend drafted one up for your business a while back. Knowing you’re already ahead of the game, you upload your logo to your fresh new website.

*Cue Psycho music (Ree! Ree! Ree!)

To your horror, you see your logo sitting at the top of your page, surrounded by a large white box. You realize your .jpg file is not transparent, and has turned your logo from tasteful to tacky in 30 seconds.

Using the wrong file for your logo

No need to panic, we have the details to give your logo the transparent background you’re looking for.

With free tools such as Background Burner and Pixlr Editor, creating transparent images is a cinch. For the sake of this example, we’ll go with Pixlr.

Upon landing on Pixlr Editor, go ahead and click “Create a new image.”

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Next, select the width and height of your logo, and be sure to click “Transparent.”

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Your screen should now look like this:

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Next, from the “Layer” drop down above, select “Open image as Layer” and upload your logo.

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Once done, select the wand from the toolbar.

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

With the wand in hand, select the white background of your logo.

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Once selected, from the “Edit” drop down menu, select “Cut.”

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

See the checkered background behind your logo? That means it’s transparent! Now go ahead and save the logo from the “File” menu.

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

Now that you have your transparent logo handy, go ahead and re-upload it to your website. We suggest using Skyline – it does a great job of highlighting your business brand.

Using pixlr to remove your logo's background

On the hunt for more tips to make a successful website? Keep your eyes peeled for more tips in the 5-Minute Website Fix series.