Using the Cartoon Effect on Canva

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Yes, there is a cartoon effect on Canva! You simply need to add a photo, and with the photo selected, click “Edit image.” Scroll all the way down and click on “Prisma.” If you haven’t already added Prisma to Canva, you’ll be asked to click the “Use” button to do so. After that, you’ll see a number of different cartoon-like effects that can be applied.

It’s that simple! But if you’re like me and need a visual walkthrough to help things along, I’ve got you covered.

How to Turn Photos Into Cartoons on Canva

1. Add a Photo

To get started, add a photo to your project. You can do so by looking through the Canva image library or uploading your own. For now, I’m using a photo of Madden that has already been uploaded.

2. Select “Edit Image”

Now, with the photo selected, simply click the “Edit image” option, as shown here:

3. Select “Prisma”

When you click into “Edit image” you’ll see a number or filter and design options pop up. Scroll all the way to the bottom and look for “Prisma.” At this point, if you haven’t already added Prisma to Canva, you’ll probably find it under the “You may also like.” If you have already added Prisma, you’ll see it as a ready-to-use option.

In the screenshot below, note that Prisma is already added and presenting options. You’ll also see the “You may also like” section which is where you’d search for Prisma if not already added.

4. Select Your Cartoon Style

Now, the fun part! Once you’ve added and selected Prisma, you’ll see 9 different cartoon style options including:

  • Camelcade
  • Wind
  • Snowfall
  • Passion Fruit
  • Storm
  • Kick Scooter
  • Lizard
  • Pattern
  • Tiramisu

You can play around with each to see which suits your cartoon-style needs. For this example, I’m partial to “Lizard” which looks like this:

That’s it! If you don’t like the Prisma options, check out others under “Edit image” including “Paint Effects” and more.

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