Today I’m going to show you how to edit images in Canva! This tutorial will include the following:
- Edit an existing image
- Upload your own image
- Find stock photos
- Select an image
- Delete an image
- Add a new image
- Use image frame
- Change image border colors
- Format large bodies of text around an image
To follow this tutorial, please navigate to Canva.com and open a Canva document of your choice.
Edit an existing image #
Click on an image one time to select it. Now you can edit it using any of the below instructions for editing.
Upload your own image #
On the left side of your screen notice a dark grey vertical bar that runs the entire height of your web browser. Click the “Uploads” button that appears in this bar. Now you can view or use any photo you have previously uploaded or click the “Upload an Image or Video” button to upload your own photo.
Find stock photos #
On the left side of your screen notice a dark grey vertical bar that runs the entire height of your web browser. Click the “Photos” button that appears in this bar. Now you can browse stock photos.
Notice that some photos say “Pro” and have a small crown icon in the bottom right corner. These are pro images and to use them you either need to pay a small fee for a license to use their photo or upgrade to a paid Canva account.
If you prefer to use only free stock photos, click the settings button in the search bar at the top. In the drop-down menu that appears check off “Free” under “Availability.” This will remove all paid or pro images and only show photos that are free for you to use.
Select an image #
To select an image click on it one time.
If you are unable to select the image it is likely locked. You can tell that an image is locked if a small lock icon appears in the bottom right corner of the image when you click on it. To unlock an image, click on it one time then click the unlock button in the top right corner of your screen.
Delete an image #
To delete an image click on it one time then press the delete key on your keyboard.
Add a new image #
To add a new image click on either “Uploads” or “Photos” in the vertical grey bar on the left side of your screen. Click the image you want to use one time and Canva will place it in the center of your page. From here, you can begin editing.
Use image frames #
Image frames allow you to crop your image into unique shapes like a circle, rectangle, or even the shape of common technology like a computer or a phone.
To add an image frame to your document, click the “Elements” button the vertical grey bar on the left. Then scroll down to frames and click “See All.” To add a frame to your document, click the frame you want to use one time.
To add an image to your frame click on either “Uploads” or “Photos” in the vertical grey bar on the left side of your screen. Find the image you want to your then drag it to your frame. Notice that once you have dragged your image on top of your frame, Canva will automatically format it to fit.
If you want to adjust how your image has been cropped once it is inside the frame, double click on the image. Now you can move it up, down, and side to side to make adjustments to how it is cropped.
Change image border colors #
Some frames include a border. To edit the color of your border, click on the frame then click the color selector in the upper left corner of your screen in the white horizontal bar. The rainbow color selector will remove your image and add a solid color instead. Any other colors that appear will allow you to edit the specific part of the frame that is currently that color.
For example: If you have a circle with a yellow border but you want to change the border to pink, click the frame. Notice that a yellow color selector and a rainbow color selector appear. Click the yellow color selector and then choose a shade of pink to change the border from yellow to pink.
Format large bodies of text around an image #
This is best explained visually because it combines multiple editing techniques. Please watch the video above to learn how to format large bodies of text around an image!