How to remove and replace the background in Canva




How to remove and replace the background in Canva

The best part about Canva is probably that it’s not just web-only. It also has a feature-rich mobile app that offers the same functionality as the web version. In this guide, we will see how to use Canva to remove and replace the background of an image on mobile and PC. So let’s roll.

How to remove the background from the image in Canva

Although editing images in Cavna is mostly free, you must be signed in with a Canva Pro account to remove the background from an image. Once you’ve subscribed to Canva Pro, removing the background in Canva is pretty straightforward. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open your favorite web browser and navigate to the Canva website.

2nd step: Now click on the Create Design button to choose the Edit Photo option from the menu.



Create a design in Canva

Step 3: Upload the image from your PC and click on the Edit Photo option.



Edit a photo in Canva

Step 4: Once downloaded, it will appear in a new project window. Select the image and click the Edit Image option on the toolbar.



Edit the image in Canva

Step 5: Click on the Background Remover option in the panel that appears on your left.



Background suppression in Canva

Canva will remove the background from the image. You can use the Erase and Restore tools on your left to refine the image and remove items that Canva might have missed. Finally, click on Apply.



Apply changes to the image

Finally, click on the Download button in the upper right corner and check the “Transparent background” box to upload your image. Finally, click on the Download button to get your image.



Download the image from Canva

How to replace the image background in Canva

In addition to removing the background, Canva also offers many options for customizing the background of an image. Here’s how.

Step 1: Upload your image with a transparent background to Canva’s image editor.

2nd step: Once downloaded, right click on the image and select the option “Detach image from background”.



Detach image from background

Step 3: Now switch to the Background tab on your left. Here you can explore Canva’s extensive background library. You can either use the search tool or explore them through categories to choose the one you like.



Backgrounds on Canva

Step 4: Click on an image to use it as a background.



Replace image background

Once you are done choosing the background, upload your image using the button in the upper right corner.

Besides uploading, you can also share your photo directly from Canva to your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive accounts.

How to remove the background from the image in the Canva app

Canva also offers the background removal tool in its mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS. Here is how to use it.

Step 1: Launch the Canva app on your phone. Tap the Plus icon in the lower right corner and select Edit Photo option to upload your image.



Canva mobile app


Edit the photo in the Canva app

2nd step: Next, select a preferred dimension for your image and tap Create in the top right corner.



Choose a size for the picture

Step 3: Now select the image, tap on Effects option on toolbar and select BG Remover option.



Effects on Canva


BG Remover in the Canva app

Wait for Canva to work its magic and that’s it. It will automatically detect and remove the background from your image.



Remove the background in the Canva app

To get your image, tap the download icon at the top and choose the “Save As” option. Then select your preferred file type using the drop-down menu and hit Download. You can also check the box to upload your image with transparent background.



Save the image to Canva


Upload the image with a transparent background to Canva

How to replace the image background in the Canva app

Once you’ve successfully removed the background from an image, here’s how to customize the Canva app.

Step 1: Open the Canva app and tap the Plus icon in the lower right corner to create a blank template. You can choose from the available sizes or enter a custom size.



Canva mobile app


Custom size template in the Canva app

2nd step: In your blank template, tap the plus icon at the bottom left to view more options. Now tap on Gallery option, choose the image with transparent background.



Additional options in the Canva app


Upload an image to Canva

Step 3: Again, tap on the plus icon and go to the Background tab. Now explore the available background and select the one you want to use.



Editing options in Canva


Backgrounds on Canva

Step 4: Once applied, resize and position your foreground image using the borders that surround it.



Change the background in the Canva app


Replace background in the Canva app

You can play around with different backgrounds and editing options. Once you’re happy, upload the image in your preferred format or share it straight to a social media platform from there.

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Removing and replacing the background of an image is certainly easy with Canva. Although the background removal tool requires a Canva Pro subscription, you can use an app like Paint3D to make the background transparent and then use Canva to customize your image for free.

Last updated on December 11, 2021


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