I need to edit a small image that uses transparency bits. I edited it in Paint that is included in Windows 7, and lost all the transparency.

Can the Paint app that is included with Windows 7 (aka Microsoft Paint) handle PNG files that use transparency?

I looked through all the options, and didn't see anything except for an option under Selection Options, which serves a different function.

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No. Windows paint does not support transparency, although using color purple RGB: 255,0,255 could be used as a transparent color. Some programs pick it up, but MS Paint does not natively support transparency.

Paint.net (free program) does support transparency, and is easy to use. It even does support alpha-transparency.

  • Thanks. I've never heard of using rgb(255,0,255) for transparency... learn something new every day. May 2, 2015 at 22:47
  • If you open a PNG with transparency in it, the transparency will be converted to purple.
    – LPChip
    May 2, 2015 at 22:50
  • I'm not seeing that in MS Paint. The transparency showed up as white. When I saved it, it got converted to real white pixels. May 2, 2015 at 22:53
  • Ah okay. That does confirm that MS Paint can't handle transparency.
    – LPChip
    May 3, 2015 at 12:19

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