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In Inkscape, how do I add a white background?

You are correct--that "checked background" is how many programs indicate transparent areas. SVG files have a transparent background. Changing the background color is not part of the SVG standard, so ...
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Save a JPG without a background

You can't save transparency to a .jpg. The file format simply doesn't support it. Anything that is transparent will become white when saved to a .jpeg. Try .png or .gif, those file formats do accept ...
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JPEG with transparent background

JPG does not allow transparent backgrounds. The only thing you can do is have a flat color background that would blend into your website: eg. if your website background is white, then have JPGs ...
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Transparent artboard backgrounds in Photoshop

As of Photoshop CC 2015.5 you can now have artboards with transparent backgrounds. Either create a new Artboard and select Transparent under the Background Contents menu or, if you have an existing ...
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Removing all partial transparency in GIMP

If you want to remove the transparency of the partially transparent pixels, use Layer>Transparency>Threshold alpha. Depending on the threshold this will either make the edge pixels totally transparent ...
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Inkscape for cartography: fill the background of a text

I had the same issue that Tom brought up in the comments under Billy Kerr's answer, which led me to find a different solution... I found that using the Fill Background filter worked much better to add ...
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Make a selection of image transparent in GIMP

Here is another method to make a selection semi-transparent. Choose Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Channel if not yet done. Select your area. Choose Select > Float (ShiftCtrlL) for creating a ...
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GIMP will only fill with black

Likely the PNG file is in Indexed Color Mode. Check in Menu: Image > Mode whether it is set to Indexed.... Change it to RGB and you can use any color you'd like.
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Inkscape for cartography: fill the background of a text

Since there is no background attribute in a text object in SVG, you'd need to use another method, such as drawing a filled rectangle under the text, however as you say that's inconvenient as you'd ...
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JPEG with transparent background

JPEG doesn't support transparency at all. Most compatible option is to use PNG, but results in large files for photographs because it is lossless compression. Another option is to use the new WebP ...
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JPEG with transparent background

While the JPEG format can't handle transparency itself, it is entirely possible to have transparency using JPEGs with modern browsers. It is, however, complicated. It involves using SVG to create a ...
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PNGs made in GIMP not coming out transparent

I’ve worked out why this might happen. If the Image Mode is set to Indexed Color, then the export doesn’t seem to accept the added alpha channel. So: Image → Mode → RGB File → Export As → imagename....
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Make a selection of image transparent in GIMP

Select a rectangular region of the image with the Rectangle Select Tool. Click the Eraser Tool. It looks like a pink eraser. In the Tool Options pane, change the Opacity to 50%. In the Tool Options ...
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How to create a gradient opacity mask in Illustrator

Duplicate the object that you wish to create a reflection of and flip it vertically (Object > Transform > Reflect, making sure you choose Horizontally) Duplicate the "reflection" group that you just ...
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Illustrator: white space around logo when exporting as JPG

In the Export dialog box, tick the 'Use Artboards' option. This saves the image including the containing artboard, what you're seeing as the white frame behind your logo. If you need to re-adjust the ...
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Adding transparency to ink drawing

To remove shadows and grain from the background we can chose a threshold for values of transparency and of opacity when using the "Color to Alpha" tool in Gimp 2.10: Simply drag the sliders until you ...
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JPEG with transparent background

JPEG 2000 (also known as JP2) is an improved version of the original JPEG format (from 1992) that also has full support for transparency, but it has abysmal browser support (only Safari supports it). ...
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Remove transparency from semitransparent pixel

Any level's transparency can be edited by transforming the layer transparency into a layer mask: Layer > Layer Mask > From Transparency So if we use image from @joojaa's answer: This is what we get:...
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Is it possible to subtract one layer from another in photoshop?

You can easily achieve this by using a mask on the second layer that is the same shape as the first layer like so: Ctrl + Click on the first layer to select it's contents Click on the second layer ...
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Adding transparency to ink drawing

You can clean the picture first, for instance using Levels: the big peak on the right is the original background. This shows that the background is not pure white. If you use C2A without ...
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Remove outer white space around logo

Photoshop is most likely not the correct tool to use or the tool you want for a "logo". It would be much better to use Illustrator or some other vector editing tool. In any event, assuming ...
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How to make a nondestructive mask in Inkscape?

This is possible to do with masks, and keep the text as text. With the creative use of clones, you can also make it so the text is editable without having to release the mask too! Here is a quick run ...
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What is the shortcut key for object opacity in Illustrator?

Go to Edit>>Keyboard shortcuts and assign your own shortcuts. Now you can just type the number to the corresponding opacity as we do in Photoshop. Here's my example in the image below.
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delete half transparent pixels in image

In the Layers panel, Ctrl+click (or, if on mac Cmd+click) the layer thumbnail to turn its transparency into a selection. Use Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode to enter Quick Mask Mode. Use Image >...
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GIMP - Unwanted white borders after applying transparency layer

Usual technique: Do a wand select of the background Shift click in any isolated areas that you want to remove (loops in "O", "P"...) Select>Grow by one pixel so that the selection bleeds over the ...
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Can .jpg have transparency?

The file you linked to isn't a JPG. It's a PNG* with the wrong file extension. Maybe somebody changed it deliberately for some unknown reason, or they just saved it with the wrong file extension. JPG ...
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How to paste PNGs keeping the original transparency

A bit of an old topic but thought I would contribute... I normally save the image and open in PS however I found a better solution today. It's still a bit of a pain but at least you won't have ...
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How to create a transparent stroke in Illustrator

Set the opacity of your white stroke to 0, then check "Knockout Group" from the main transparency options of the path (not of the stroke itself). Example:
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