How to Remove Background in Canva Images & Photos

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If you’re a follower of this blog, and the Canva hacks in particular, you’re familiar with just that—that most of what I do here is find ways to “hack” or find a work around for something that doesn’t quite exist “out of the box.”

I’m talking about actions like how to outline text in Canva, or how to draw a curved line.

Today, though, when it comes to how to remove a background in Canva, hacks be gone! Meaning, with Canva’s new background removal tool, deleting a background, and even creating an entirely new background for your photos has never been easier.

(If I sound like an infomercial on this one, I’m sorry, but I really enjoy this particular feature. I will stop here and say, though, it’s only available to those who hold a Canva Pro membership. You can read more on whether or not I think a Canva Pro membership is worth it.)

Here’s why.

How to Remove Canva Background

1. Upload photo to Canva

The first step is to get your photo into Canva. Simply go to “uploads” at the top of your tools pane on the left side of the screen.

Here is my example (I really needed a new headshot without foliage, OK?)

2. Go to “effects”

From here, click the photo, which will bring up the option to go to “effects,” as shown below. When you click on “effects,” you’ll see the option for the “Background Remover.”

3. Click “Background Remover”

Last, click “Background Remover” and watch the magic happen! Seriously, that’s it. No need to highlight the areas you want to keep or remove. No need to do anything but click the button.

Here is the output from my example:

Importantly, if you aren’t adding your image to a background as described below, and simply downloading the background-less file, you’ll want to make sure you do so with a transparent background. And yes, downloading images with a transparent background in Canva is extremely easy as well.

Bonus: Add a Background

Now, you can crop and roll with the photo on the white background, or, you can spice things up just a bit and add an entirely new color, gradient, or image.

Really, the hardest thing at this point is deciding on what you want. Once you know, you click to add to the canvas, and then just re-size if necessary. Your photo is one layer, and the added background is the other layer, making for an easy foreground/background scenario.

So, you can go to space…

Or to the beach…

Or to a ballgame!

In the end, I settled for a gradient.

Thoughts? Pretty easy, right? Have you encountered any issues with the Canva background remover?

Alternatively, Snappa also makes it easy to create any type of online graphic, and I’m starting to use it more and more. No idea if they have a background removal tool at this point, to be honest.

Or, just pay $5 for someone on Fiverr to do this for you. I’ve definitely swallowed my pride a few times and just hired a freelancer on Fiverr for quick turnaround, and often receiving something better than I could have done myself.

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