How to Remove a Background in Inkscape

Written by julius vandersteen
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When you work with an image file on your computer using Inkscape, the free vector graphics editing application, you might use a background image that you later determine that you want to remove. For example, you could have a brick wall graphic set as the background for a street scene image, with cars, lampposts and other objects in foreground layers, but then realise that the image would look better if the background were a department store. You can easily remove a background in Inkscape.

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  1. 1

    Launch Inkscape on your computer.

  2. 2

    Click "File" from the Inkscape menu bar, then click "Open." A dialogue box appears. Click the folder on your computer containing the image that has a background that you want to remove. Click "Open."

  3. 3

    Click "Layer" from the Inkscape menu bar, and then click "Layers." The Layers palette appears.

  4. 4

    Click the layer containing the background image to select it. The Layers palette has buttons for working with the layers.

  5. 5

    Click the "Delete" button, which is marked with an icon of a horizontal line, to remove the background layer.

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