How to Remove Background in Canva

Tired of using multiple tools and apps to remove backgrounds from your images? Canva has you covered! Removing background in Canva has become incredibly easy. This skill is essential for anyone working with graphics.

This tutorial will teach you how to remove background in Canva to create designs that stand out!

Note: removing your background using the BG remover tool is only available for Canva Pro users.

How to remove background in Canva on a computer

  1. Log into your Canva account
  2. On the home screen, select a template. For this example, I have chosen the Youtube Thumbnail template.

    Open a design template of your choice
    Open a design template of your choice.
  3. Insert the picture you want to remove the background from. You can either use Upload media from the left menu or search Canva’s available images by tapping on Photos.

    Search and insert an image from Canva's media library
    Search and insert an image from Canva’s media library.
  4. To remove the image’s background, tap on the image and select Edit image from the top toolbar. Then, select BG Remover in the left action panel.
    Select the image and click "Edit Image" from the top toolbar
    Select the image and click “Edit Image” from the top toolbar
  5. Select Erase while making sure that the photo is selected. You will see the background removed from the image in a few seconds.

    Select image to erase background
    Select image to erase the background.
  6. Now, you can drag your image to the position you want.

    Image background removed in Canva
    Image background removed in Canva.

How to remove background in Canva on iPhone or Android

Removing backgrounds from photos has become much easier with the Canva app! You no longer need to use complex graphic design tools or a computer to remove the image background professionally. Just follow these steps, and you can create something like this:

Remove backround in Canva
Remove background in Canva
  1. Launch the Canva app.

    Log in to Canva and select a template to design
    Log into Canva and select a template to design
  2. Open the template that you wish to create. I’m using the Poster template.
  3. Next, tap on Create blank template when prompted.

    Tap to open a blank template
    Tap to open a blank template
  4. Tap on the purple + icon on the bottom-left of your screen and select Photos.

    Tap on the "plus" icon at the bottom to add photo
    Tap on the “plus” icon at the bottom left corner to add a photo
  5. In the Photos search bar, type the picture you want to add to your design from Canva’s image library. You can also upload your own images by selecting Uploads from the menu bar instead.

    Choose a photo to upload on template
    Choose a photo to upload to your template.
  6. Tap your image to select it, then choose Effects from the bottom toolbar.

    Click on Effects to find Remove Background option
    Click on Effects to find the Remove Background option.
  7. Select BG Remover. In a few seconds, the image’s background “magically” disappears!
    Select image and tap on the BG remover tool
    Select the image and tap on the BG remover tool

    You can now edit the image further by dragging it to position, changing the color, and inserting elements like shapes and text.

    Note: if the background of your chosen image is complicated and you do not achieve the results you were looking for using the remove background feature in Canva, you can always make further adjustments by hitting the Restore and Erase option.

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