How to Create a Transparent TGA File For Free

You can download GIMP, a powerful, free image-editing program, to create a number of different file types not available with default Windows 7 tools.

This includes “TGA” files, which are popular for their ability to store transparency.

How to Create TGA Files With GIMP

Step 1: Go to the GIMP Download page, then click the “Download GIMP 2.6.11” link at the center of the window.

download GIMP

Step 2: Click the “Keep” or “Save” button to download the file, then double-click the downloaded file.

save the file

Step 3: Click the “Run” button, then follow the prompts to complete the installation.

click the run button

Step 4: Click “Start,” click “All Programs,” click “GIMP,” then click the “GIMP 2” option to launch the program.

launch GIMP

Step 5: Click “File,” click “New,” then specify the desired size of your TGA image.

create new image

Step 6: Right-click the “Background” layer at the right side of the window, click “Delete,” then confirm that you want to delete the layer.

delete background layer

Step 7: Click “Layer” at the top of the window, click “New Layer,” click the “Transparency” option, then click “OK.”

create new layer

Step 8: Create your image.

create the content of your TGA image

Step 9: Click “File” at the top of the window, click “Save As,” click “Select File Type” from the pop-up window, click “TarGA Image,” then click “Save.”

select TGA file type


Now that you know more about creating files with GIMP and switching their files types, you will be able to use this powerful image editing application for even more reasons.

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