I would like to add a .jpg, .png or .tiff with a no background. In other words, I want the logo to appear as it was created, without a border or background, to my Layout view.

Also is it possible to have a transparent logo.

  • Can't you use something like Gimp to drop out the background?
    – Branco
    Sep 11, 2015 at 17:04
  • I believe he already has a transparent image but he is running into the problem where it will appear with a background when you go from Insert -> Picture from the ArcDesktop menu.
    – ed.hank
    Sep 11, 2015 at 17:10

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Another nice work around I regularly use to insert my company's logo with a transparent background is to add an additional dataframe in layout view. Then bring the transparent background tif or png in as a layer, zoom to layer, go to the symbology tab in layer properties change Stretch to none and Display background value (R,G,B, / 0,0,0) as hollow. Ensure your dataframe background is also set to hollow and has no frame. You should have your image or logo with all of it's transparent background glory, in a usable form in layout view. (Change frame and use the zoom tools to get the image or logo to the size you'd like in your layout) This all sounds a bit cumbersome but once you have done it regularly it is a fairly quick work around to perform.


This is a known issue, here is the work around

Open the image using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, then right click on image and cut/copy and then paste the image into the ArcMap document in layout view.

source: http://support.esri.com/fr/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/25368

  • That seems to work, but with a big reduction in resolution... is there a trick within the trick to maintain the same resolution? Sep 11, 2015 at 19:37
  • Maybe try cutting and pasting it out of a graphics editing program
    – ed.hank
    Sep 11, 2015 at 19:43

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