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I would like to do some basic graphics using Paint.NET. I would like to start with a transparent background and draw on top of it, but I can't find any settings on how to do that. I only get a new image with a white background.

How do I start drawing on a transparent background in Paint.NET?

I will save the image as a PNG file.

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you could probably magic wand the white background, and delete it, or create a new layer, and hid the background before saving it.

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Currently I use to do CTRL+A (select all) and then Delete key, or Edit/Erase selection, on new images.

But I was searching for the same answer to have a new image with automatic transparent background.

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create an img which only has transparent background and when starting Paint.net open this file to work further

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  • The question was how to do this. If I take File > New... there is no option to choose a transparent background. – Jonas Dec 15 '10 at 12:29
  • you will need to use the eraser to get a transparent image (if you erased a patch of the img you may copy it as long as all the image is erasedd), then save it and load it everytime you start paint.net . – Thariama Dec 15 '10 at 12:43
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  1. Add a new Layer - This is always transparent
  2. Delete the Layer named "Background" - This is the white layer
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  1. Add a new Layer - This is always transparent
  2. Delete the Layer named "Background" - This is the white layer
  3. Change the property of the new layer to visibility = true. This can be found on the Layers menu.

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