Creating Transparent Images With Keynote

If you need a transparent image, like a circle, arrow or piece of text, you would usually create it in a graphics app. However, there is a way to create transparent images quickly using only Keynote. You can then use these as overlays on other images in Preview or in iMovie.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Creating Transparent Images With Keynote”

    Erik Gjøe Geleff
    2 years ago

    This is really something I can use. Thanks a lot.
    Erik Gjøe Geleff

    Kurt
    2 years ago

    Nice tutorial. This question comes up all the time with regards to how to create arbitrary text/graphics that can be overlaid in iMovie, so I posted a link to your video in the iMovie subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/iMovie/comments/67wtom/nice_new_video_tutorial_on_using_keynote_to/?st=j20n43b5&sh=79ce5218

    2 years ago

    Kurt: Thanks!

    clm
    2 years ago

    Works great on my newer iMac with Keynote Version 7..1.1, on my older iMac with Keynote Version 6.6.2 background fill still shows.

    Lazaro JOrdan
    2 years ago

    Thank you, it was a piece of knowledge i didn’t possess before and find it useful.

    Kathy Swyo
    2 years ago

    Does not work on Keynote 7.0.5 . Get white background :(

    2 years ago

    Kathy: Should work with Keynote 7. I’m using 7.1.1, but this trick isn’t new. Are you sure you are setting the background and exporting as a png?

    Linda
    2 years ago

    Have Keynote 6.6.2. Didn’t work. But I could be doing something wrong on my old 2009 iMac. Do tell.

    2 years ago

    Linda: Could be too old of a version of Keynote for it to work. But before you give up, make sure you are using the same template I am, setting the background to none, and exporting as a png and not some other format.

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