It's generally preferred for pictures to be completely rendered so that they do not have a background as it generally looks more appealing and neat when placed on a wiki page. This page is meant to guide users through the process of doing extremely basic renders so that they may complete them themselves instead of waiting for hours for the Image Helpers on the Official Render Request Thread to respond.
Image editing software is necessary to perform the instructions listed below. Photoshop remains one of the most popular and extensive applications for this task and is a first choice for many renderers.
However, Paint.NET bears most of the functions of Photoshop but is completely free to download. This is a good alternative for those who do not already own Photoshop. The instructions below were all written with Paint.NET in mind.
1) Start with a picture that has a relatively uniform background and solid lines that clearly contrast with said background (as shown below). Gradients and flare backgrounds tend to be significantly more difficult, and pictures where the background is the same color as the image's outline tend to be much more difficult when using this method.
2) Click on the Magic Wand tool.
3) Click on the background of the image you wish to render.
4) If the image is also selected despite the fact that you are clicking on the background, the magic wand's tolerance is too high. If this is the case, click on the tolerance slider and roll it back to a lower number until only the background is covered (you may need to click on the background again to apply this change). The tolerance necessary varies from image to image and is up to the renderer to find.
5) Open the color window (which is open by default, but can be reopened by pressing F8) and click on "More".
6) Additional sliders will appear. Mouse over the slider in the lower-right hand corner called "Opacity" and set it so that it equals zero. You may slide it manually to the left or simply input the value into the appropriate box.
7) Once the opacity is set to zero, simply hit the backspace key to completely delete the background and complete the render.
8) This is important. Remember to save the picture as a .PNG file, or else the render will not be saved and it will instead be converted back into a white background. This is especially important for more complex renders.
This page is meant to help users do extremely basic renders themselves to smooth the progression of image submission and thus page creation/editing. However, should images prove too difficult to render, the Official Render Request Thread is always available.
Of course, there are many other rendering methods, but this one is by far the fastest for images with uniform backgrounds (which is usually the case for .JPG files). However, certain other methods may be better for certain situations (i.e. an image where the background and the image's outline are both pure black or when the image and background are very similar colors).
This page itself is prone to revision, as additional instructions to render more difficult images will be provided later on.