I have the original .ai files as I paid a graphic artist to do these logos. I uploaded a .gif export of the files only to see that they have a white border:

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If I don't have AI/PS can I use something like GIMP or Inkscape to remove that with the AI file?

  • Hi! Do you only have the .ai file? Can you ask your designer to send you the logo in a different format, such as .eps? The white border is because all gifs use a 'background' color, or matte. How did you produce the gif? If you could export it as png instead, you wouldn't see the border. – Yisela May 13 '14 at 20:52
  • I have all formats as well; I just figured .ai would be most relevant. I have .eps too. – Tukajo May 13 '14 at 20:52
  • I produced the gif by asking him to export it in AI for web devices. He then exported as gif. – Tukajo May 13 '14 at 20:53

Your logo shows a white border around the color because of the format it was saved in. All GIF will use a matte color around them to blend them better to a background. Unfortunately, this means you usually need to know the background color you'll be using.

Since you have this available in different formats, I suggest you start by saving the icon as PNG. This should get rid of the border.

About the formats, you can open the logo using Inkscape, a free, open source vector graphics program.

  • Thanks for the help! I'll give this a shot, I had been saving it as GIF format repeatedly assuming different things would fix it. However I will attempt to do PNG with Inkscape; do you know if just hitting "Save As" and selecting PNG will do the trick on my .eps/.ai files or do I need to do some export step? – Tukajo May 13 '14 at 20:57
  • You can use "Save As", yes. This might help: wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Save_as_vs_export – Yisela May 13 '14 at 21:12

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