ok , so I have made an image , something like an icon , and I select the whole image using group selection tool to export it in Jpeg format . But when I view this file , there's always some white space around the icon , to make it look like a rectangular selection.

Is their any way that I can export ONLY the image/icon , without the extra white background due to artboard ??

I am using adobe illustrator CS6

here is the image : enter image description here

  • Not sure if I understand: if you want to get rid of the white background, and go with transparency, you need to save as png or svg. Jpg does not do tranparency.
    – benteh
    Dec 25, 2013 at 16:39
  • ok , the white background is due to the artboard . I want only the image/icon. Something like tracing the given shape contained within the green and blue area , and cutting out ONLY that part . The resultant won't be a rectangular selection , it will have the shape of the icon only Dec 25, 2013 at 16:45
  • JPG will not let you save with transparent background. You must save as PNG.
    – benteh
    Dec 25, 2013 at 17:38

2 Answers 2


When you export the image in illustrator, if you save as a PNG you can set the background to transparent.


The JPG format does not support transparency. If you need a transparent image for the web, you must save as PNG or GIF.


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