How to Make a Transparent Background in Inkscape

Written by robert allen
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Inkscape, a vector graphics editor, can be used to create images that can scale to any size without a loss in resolution. At times, you may want the background of the image to be transparent. Fortunately, this ability is built directly into the background property of your document. Inkscape allows designers to set the background to any colour at any level of transparency, from invisible to completely opaque.

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    Start Inkscape, and load the document whose background you want to make transparent. You can double-click the file's icon in your file manager to open it automatically, or load the file through Inkscape by pressing "Control" and "O" at the same time to open the Inkscape "Select a file to open" window.

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    Choose "Document Properties" from the "File" menu at the top of the page. You can also press "Control," "Shift" and "D" simultaneously to open the document properties at any time.

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    Select the grey checkered image next to "Background" to open the "Background color" menu. You can set the colour by changing its RGB values or HSL values, depending on what tab you have highlighted.

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    Click and drag your mouse in the area next to the "A" to change the "alpha" value, or transparency, of the image. By default, Inkscape's backgrounds are completely transparent, but you can increase or decrease the value as needed to give you a translucent background of any colour. When you're happy with the background, close the "Background color" window and the "Document properties" window to return to your document.

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