How to edit pictures in Canva

There are many photo editing apps on your phone and PC. But these integrated image editing programs offer you little more than the possibility of cropping, rotating and applying a filter to your image. Imagine using a powerful tool that is also available online and this is where Canva can make a difference.

Popularly known for creating logos and Instagram Posts, Canva also includes a powerful photo editing tool that gives you a lot more tools than your average photo editing app, yet is easy to use. We’ll show you how to use Canva’s image editor to take eye-catching photos.

How to crop, scale, and mirror images in Canva

First, let’s see how you can upload your image to Canva’s image editor to start editing.

Step 1: Open your web browser and navigate to Canva. Click the Create Design button to select the Edit Photo option from the menu.

Step 2: Upload the photo from your PC and click the Edit Photo option.

Edit photo in Canva

Step 3: Once uploaded, a project window will appear and you can use Canva’s image editor to edit your photo.

Project window

Crop images in Canva

Cropping your image will allow you to focus on the main subject of the photo by removing distracting elements. To crop your image in Canva, select the image in the project window and click the Crop button at the top.

Crop image in Canva

Now adjust the frame around the picture to crop your photo. When you’re done, click Done to save your changes.

Crop images in Canva

You can also crop images in shapes from the Elements tab.

Resize images in Canva

Aside from cropping, Canva also lets you resize your photo to a specific size. To do this, click the Change Size button in the top left and enter your preferred width and height under Custom Size.

Resize an image in Canva

Invert images in Canva

You can also flip images in Canva’s image editor to give them a new perspective. To do this, select the image in the project window and click the Mirror button to mirror your image horizontally or vertically.

Invert image in Canva

How to apply filters in Canva

Aside from the basic editing tools, Canva also has some fascinating filters that you can apply to your photo. Here is how.

Step 1: Select the image in the photo editor and click the Edit Image option.

Apply filters to photos

Step 2: In the menu that appears on the left, scroll down to the Filters section. You can apply any of the filters by clicking on them. In addition, you can also double-click the filter to change its intensity.

Using Filters in Canva

Alternatively, you can manually enhance the image using some adjustment tools. To do this, click the Edit Image button in the top left and go to the Customize section. Next to it, click the Show All button to expand it.

Make adjustments

This is where you can manually tweak things like brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity, and more to liven up your image.

Make adjustments to the photo

How to remove the background from an image in Canva

Gone are the days when you had to use a brush and eraser to remove the background from a photo. Canva makes it easy to remove the background from your photo in just a few clicks.

To remove the background from the photo, select it and click the edit image button at the top. Now select the Background Remover option from the list.

Remove background from picture

This will remove the background.

Background removed

Once removed, you can now add elements and text to your photo to make it more interesting.

Add elements and text in Canva

While you can crop an image and apply filters in almost any photo editing app, Canva sets you apart from the competition by having a comprehensive library of elements and text styles that you can use to make them more professional.

Add elements to the picture

Step 1: Switch to the Elements tab on the left. Here you can browse Canva’s extensive library of various stickers, graphs, photos, charts, and more.

Insert elements in picture

Step 2: Click the item you want to add it to your picture. Once added, you can move, resize, and crop the element using the toolbar at the top.

Edit elements in Canva

In addition, you can also lock the added item so you don’t accidentally move it. To lock an item, select it and click the lock icon in the upper right corner.

Locking element in Canva

You can also remove an element using the trash can icon next to it.

Add text to the image

Aside from stickers and photos, you can add text to your image to make it more meaningful.

Step 1: Navigate to the Text tab on the left. Now select one of the available text styles to add a text field.

Alternatively, you can explore and use a readily available combination of fonts to add text to your image.

Add text to the image

Step 2: Edit the text in the text box and move it to your preferred location. In addition, you can change the font style, size, color, position, spacing and more from the toolbar at the top.

Insert text in picture

Again, you can lock or remove the added text boxes using the toolbar at the top.

How to download an edited photo

Now that you’ve edited your photo, you’ll need to download it. You can download it by following the steps below.

To download your photo, click the download button in the top right corner and use the drop down menu under Files of type to choose from the available formats. Finally, click the Download button to get your image.

Download photo

In addition to downloading it, you can also send your photo to your directly from Canva Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive accounts.

Photo editing made easy

Canva hits the sweet spot between a lightweight photo editor like Google Photos and a professional Photoshop. It tries to combine the best of both worlds by giving you more editing options without complicating things. When you consider Canva’s video editing capabilities, it is sure to become a one-stop shop for all of your editing needs.

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