I opened a PNG image as a layer in Gimp, expecting the background to be transparent. Instead, the whole squared background is visible and covering the image under it. What exactly am I doing wrong and how can I solve it?

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    A PNG can have transparency or not. Try some other viewer, including any browser.
    – Rafael
    Jan 25, 2022 at 1:05

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You very likely imported a non-transparent PNG. How did you obtain the PNG? There are web image sites that deliver a non-transparent PNG unless you pay (or where the sample is non transparent, with transparency replaced by the checkerboard pattern)....

You can check the PNG in your browser(s) (File>Open... in Firefox, drag and drop in Firefox and Chrome). These browsers don't display transparency as a checkerboard so if there is a checkerboard it is part of the image.

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    Oh, ok, I didn't know that. I guess I'll have to be more observant next time. Jan 28, 2022 at 16:55

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