The Background Remover effect in Canva can be used (if you are a pro user) to erase the background of a photo or image. If you aren’t a Canva Pro user (i.e. you use the free version) DON’T PANIC – there’s a great alternative for you to use.

How to Remove the background of a photo WITH Canva

Time needed: 2 minutes.

To use the background remover effect in Canva,

  1. Open Canva and create a (or open an existing) design

  2. Insert the image into your design (either from photos or your own uploads)

    Canva remove background from image/photo

  3. Make sure the image is selected (i.e. has handles around it)

    Image with handles

  4. Click on Effects

    Effects

  5. Choose Background Remover

    Background remover

  6. It may take a few seconds…

    Takes a minute...

  7. And your background is removed!

    Background is removed in Canva

  8. If you want to restore any of the removed background, click on Restore

    Restore

  9. Use the slider to amend your brush size

    Slider

  10. Remember to use the Zoom slider in the bottom right-hand corner to zoom in on your design

    Zoom in Canva

  11. Click and drag where you want to restore part of your image/photo

    Restore

  12. When you are happy, click on Done (If you don’t like your amendments, click Cancel!)

    Done

  13. If you want to remind yourself of how your original image looked, click on Show Original Image

    Show original image

  14. The original background will appear as a transparent image

    Original background

  15. To remove more of the image, click on Erase

    Erase

  16. Use the slider to amend your brush size

    Slider

  17. Remember to use the Zoom slider in the bottom right-hand corner to zoom in on your design

    Zoom in Canva

  18. Click and drag where you want to remove more of your image/photo

    Remove more

  19. When you are happy, click on Done (If you don’t like your amendments, click Cancel!)

    Done

  20. Finally, click on Apply 🙂

How to Remove the background of a photo WITHOUT Canva

You can easily remove the background of an image or photo using a free online tool called remove.bg

How to Remove the Background of an Image or Photo using Remove.BG

To remove the background of an image or photo without Canva, access the website remove.bg

remove.bg website address

Either drag and drop your image onto the browser page, or, click on upload image, navigate to your image, click on your image to select it then click open.

Add image to remove.bg

The background is automatically removed. 🙂

Background of Image or Photo is automatically removed using Remove.BG
Toggle between original image and one with background removed

You can toggle between the original image and the one with the background removed here.

Download button

If you are happy with your image either click on it (to download it) or click on the blue download button

(To download an HD image, you will need to either purchase individual credits or or sign-up to a subscription plan)

Adding a Different Background

You can make more adjustments (e.g. add a new background image or colour) by clicking on edit in the top right-hand corner of your image.

Edit button

On the background tab, in the editor, scroll down and choose a new image for your background.

Background tab in editor
Select own photo

Alternatively, to choose one of your own images or photos to use as a background, click on Select Photo, navigate to your image, click on your image to select it then click open.

Blur icons

You can use the Blur icons to blur your background (if you want).

Alternatively, click on Color, to change your background to a solid colour.

Colour tab
Background colour

Select a colour from the pane, or choose the multicoloured icon (in the top left of the pane) to select your own colour

Erase / Restore tab

Click on the Erase/Restore tab to add some of the erased parts back to your photo, or erase more.

Choose erase or restore

Click on either Erase or Restore (depending on what you want to do.

Slider image

Use the slider to increase or decrease the size of the brush

Delete or restore

Click and drag on your image to add to or subtract the original background from it.

Remember you can use the undo button!

Undo / Redo

Download

Click Download to download your image onto your device.

Click on the X to close the editor…and that’s it! 🙂

Remove the background of an image/photo with or without Canva

I hope you enjoyed reading about the background remover in Canva. To see more resources about Canva, just visit our resource page here. If you’re interested in other software applications, just click here. For a list of FREE image/photo editors, just click here.

Using the Background Remover Tool in Canva

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