Happy New Year! I am so excited to share this cool tip with you all! It is with two of the most powerful tools: Keynote and Preview!
What I typically do is use Keynote and create images that I use in many other projects. After I create my graphic, I take a screen shot of my image or I save the file to my computer as an image. From there, I open Preview on my Mac and I use the Instant Alpha tool to erase the white background that came along with my screen shot. This was very time-consuming because I was making over 20 images to use in one project.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S AN EASY FIX FOR THIS!!! I discovered that you can create your image in Keynote and copy your entire image and use Preview for Mac to create your graphic with a transparent background. After you copy all elements of your image, paste to your clipboard and export the file as a .png (Portable Network Graphics) file. HOORAY! Don’t you love it when you find a simple solution! So, here’s how to do this on your Mac!
- Use shapes to create your image. This can be anything from photos to badges you want to make for your classroom.
- After you have everything the way you want it, select all (Command A) and then copy all of these elements (Command C)
- Open Preview
- Click File>New From Clipboard
- Your image will appear and it is the perfect size, too! Just the elements from your creation!
- File>Export (make sure you uncheck Alpha because it is saving it as a transparent image)
- Now you have your perfect image with no white in the background!