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When you first open Paint.NET it gives you a default white background. If you want that layer to be transparent instead of white, press Ctrl+A. This will select the entire background layer. Once it is selected press Ctrl+X. This will delete the white and thus making it transparent. Anytime you can see the dark and light grey checkerboard that means you have transparency. Now add a new layer so you can put the image you want in that new layer so it will be ontop of the background layer (Note: Whenever you add a new layer, that new layer is automatically set to be transparent). A simple way to do this is going to Layers > Import From File... As long as your new image is smaller than the background you'll still be able to see the checkerboard. If not, you'll have to resize either the new image to make it smaller or resize the background to make it bigger.

If you just want to the football in the image to be seen and everything else to be transparent, use the Magic Wand tool to isolate the football. The Magic Wand can be tricky so you may have to adjust the tolarence level when doing this. Once you have the football selected, goto Edit > Invert Selection or press Ctrl+I. This will select everything but the football. All you have to do now is Cut the selection out by pressing Ctrl+X.

I hope this helps you. If not, ask again and try to be a bit more specific in your question. Pictures help too, so try to include some.

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When you first open Paint.NET it gives you a default white background. If you want that layer to be transparent instead of white, press Ctrl+A. This will select the entire background layer. Once it is selected press Ctrl+X. This will delete the white and thus making it transparent. Anytime you can see the dark and light grey checkerboard that means you have transparency. Now add a new layer so you can put the image you want in that new layer so it will be ontop of the background layer (Note: Whenever you add a new layer, that new layer is automatically set to be transparent). A simple way to do this is going to Layers > Import From File... As long as your new image is smaller than the background you'll still be able to see the checkerboard. If not, you'll have to resize either the new image to make it smaller or resize the background to make it bigger.

If you just want to the football in the image to be seen and everything else to be transparent, use the Magic Wand tool to isolate the football. The Magic Wand can be tricky so you may have to adjust the tolarence level when doing this. Once you have the football selected, goto Edit > Invert Selection or press Ctrl+I. This will select everything but the football. All you have to do now is Cut the selection out by pressing Ctrl+X.

I hope this helps you. If not, ask again and try to be a bit more specific in your question. Pictures help too, so try to include some.

I did that but ran into a problem; when I would try to change the file type, it would put the backround back > . < ;

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Background as in the default background that PDN gives you upon startup? If that's the case, simply uncheck it in the Layers window or select the entire canvas area and cut out the white. If you uncheck the background layer, when it comes time to flatten your image, it will ask you if you want to Discard hidden layers? If you you say OK it will ignore any unchecked layers while flattening the image. If you click Cancel it will not save. When saving images that have some form of transparency, meaning, once you have flattened the image and you are still able to see the checkerboard, Save it as a .png as that format is best for transparency.

If you mean the blue-grey background that you see in Internet Explorer then you are doing nothing wrong. Internet Explorer will not show PNG transparency. Try Firefox or Opera.

Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. If you were talking about something else, ask again and please be more specific in your question.

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