How to Make Background Transparent in Procreate
  • By Design Bundles
  • 23 Jul 2021
  • 3 Mins
  • Procreate Tutorials

How to Make Background Transparent in Procreate

Creating a design with a transparent background in Procreate is important when making stickers, patterns, any design you want to sublimate with, and much more. It allows you to put your designs on anything without having a solid colored background where your canvas was. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a background transparent in Procreate and how to export a transparent PNG file. 
There are tons of great character clipart products available on Design Bundles, and the one we are using today is the best friend clipart by Ohana Papers.

Step 1 - Open the Layers Panel in Procreate

Open the Layers panel
Open Layers Panel in Procreate

Step 2 - Turn off the Background Color Layer

Scroll all the way down in the Layers panel. The last layer will always be the Background color layer. Next, uncheck the box to the right. This will hide the background layer and make it transparent. You should now only see your design and the Procreate grid in the back.
Hide Background color Layer in Procreate

Step 3 - Export the Procreate File as a Transparent PNG

Your design will need to be exported as a PNG in order to maintain the transparent background. Keep in mind that the other file types will not have a transparent background even if you have hidden the Background color layer. 
Tap the wrench icon to open the Actions panel. Next, tap Share. Depending on what you’re working on, you can choose either PNG under Share Image or PNG Files under Share Layers. Pick where to save your files. Now you can print the images out at home or make your own stickers!
Export Transparent PNG Files
Now that you have learned how to make a transparent background in Procreate, it'll be useful when drawing a butterfly, drawing flat characters, or making a floral wreath in Procreate. 

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