How to Make a Transparent Background in Procreate

How to Make a Transparent Background Procreate? Step-By-Step Guide

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In order to export your final Procreate creations, you must learn how to make the canvas backdrop translucent.

The method you learn here may be used for every Procreate project you’ve ever worked on. Let me show you how to use this game-changing new option.

There is no time to waste, so let’s get started.

Go to a canvas store

You can choose to work on an existing project, a finished project, or a completely new canvas. Your call.


Your toolbar’s upper right corner has this option. A symbol that resembles two squares stacked on top of one another should be selected.


Locate the ‘Background color’ layer in your layers panel by scrolling all the way to the bottom.


There should be a ticked box to the right of the phrase “Background color.”

That must be unchecked! It is now ready to be exported.

Is it possible to create and export an image with a transparent background?

Do both of these things? Turning off the background layer in the layers tab will make the background translucent.

The grey grid backdrop indicates transparency.

Export it as an a.png file if you want to keep the transparency. In this format, there should be no loss of quality whatsoever.


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In Procreate for iPad, how can I remove a white background?

Procreate’s ability to remove backgrounds from photographs is one of the most beneficial features of the application.

A translucent backdrop may be achieved in a number of different methods, but for the sake of this lesson, we’ll focus on utilizing Selections in Procreate to remove a white background. In order to keep the translucent backdrop, we’ll export our work in PNG format.

We’ll remove the white background in Procreate by making an automatic selection around it and then chopping it off.

Even so, there are a few small things to keep in mind, such as removing the negative space and removing any white regions that may have been left over because of discoloration (from a shadow that your object may be casting, for example.)

Procreate: Remove the White Background

To remove a white background from an image in Procreate, select the entire image using the Selection tool and then click Delete.

Tap the wrench symbol in the top-left corner of the screen to access the Add menu, then select Cut from the drop-down menu that appears.

Step-By-Step Guide to remove White Background in procreate

Step 1: Open your image and turn off the background layer’s visibility.

Opening your image in Procreate will serve as our jumping-off point. Use the following picture to illustrate my point:

Now, let’s turn off the backdrop layer by tapping the Layers icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

There’s a background layer below in the Layers menu that you may access. To hide the background layer, uncheck the box next to it.

In order to remove a white background from a picture, you must turn off the background layer’s visibility.

If you leave it visible, the background will be destroyed to transparency, but the white backdrop of the document will show through, creating no apparent difference on your document.

You can skip this step if your image does not have a backdrop layer.

For Step 2: Select and erase any backdrop that doesn’t fit within your image’s white area

It is necessary to make a selection around the white region in order to remove the white backdrop in Procreate.

The Selection menu may be accessed by tapping the circular “S” icon in the upper-left corner of your display. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a menu for making your selections:

Select Automatic and Add from the Selection menu. Make a selection by tapping on the white backdrop of your image and holding it there.

The selection threshold can be increased by moving your finger/stylus to the right. The threshold will be lowered if you move it to the left:

It’s critical that your choice of images is suited to the subject at hand.

Much of the white backdrop surrounding the Subject/topic will remain when the threshold is set too low. If the contrast is excessively great, parts of the topic will also be omitted.

Even if some of the white backdrops show through, it’s OK. In my sample photograph, the subject is throwing a shadow, thus this is to be expected.

Grayscale pixels form the shadow, and we’ll take care of it in the following section.

Tap the wrench symbol in the upper-left corner of the screen to access the Add menu, and then pick Cut.

Using this method, you may easily remove the backdrop from your photograph, as shown by the dark grey grid pattern appearing:

It’s important to play with the threshold until it’s exactly aligned with your subject’s outside boundaries.

Step 3: Use the Eraser to remove stray pixels and repeat the procedure in places with negative space.

Deleted white backgrounds in Procreate might sometimes leave behind stray pixels that need to be cleaned up.

Step 2 should be repeated on such places again until they’re completely gone.

As a last resort, you may need to use the eraser to manually remove any errant pixels.

Lastly, don’t forget to apply the same method to any portions of your image that have a lot of empty space.

Your work should now be saved in PNG format so that you may save it with its transparency intact.

It is time to export your work into a useful file format once you have completed removing the background from your image.

To maintain the image’s translucent backdrop, we’ll save it as a PNG file. Other formats, such as JPEG, don’t allow for transparent images. A white backdrop is automatically applied to images that are saved as a JPEG or PNG.

Tap the wrench symbol in the upper-left corner of your screen, go to Share, and then pick PNG from the drop-down menu:


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