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How to Add Photos to Canva — Useful Newbie Tips to Remember

How to Add Photos to Canva — Useful Newbie Tips to Remember

Hey! I want to add a personal touch to the Canva template I created recently. Is there any way to do so?

Well, aside from the creative streak you’ve splashed on your template design, adding photos to your project ultimately makes it pop out more.

But how? Well, you only need to know how to add photos to Canva for you to put another layer of your personality into your project.

Here’s how we do it here in Canva:

 

How to Add Photos to Canva

To add photos to Canva, choose “Upload” from the left sidebar and then click on “Upload Media.” Now, locate and select your photo and then click on “Open.” Your photo will then be uploaded to the Media Library (see under “Images”).

 

Adding Photos to Canva — Read Up and Apply These Tips!

As Canva’s intuitiveness is known for making it one of the greatest tools you can use, you don’t need to fret when it comes to adding photos to Canva.

But, you MUST know the basics of adding images to Canva if you’re going to succeed with designing.

To start with, know that there are 2 methods on how you can add photos to Canva:

 

Adding Photos to Canva through the Uploads Button

Step 1: After creating a new design file by tapping the Create a Design button, head over to the left-side menu of the editor page. 

How to Add Photos to Canva through Uploads Button Step 1

Continue scrolling until you see the Uploads button. Activate it by tapping on it.

Step 2: In the Uploads panel, you’ll then see a purple Upload media button. Click it so a dialog box appears.

How to Add Photos to Canva through Uploads Button Step 2.1

This dialog box will then show you the files on your computer or device. 

Head to the folder where you stored your image, tap on the photo file, and click the Open button. This will then jumpstart the import process.

How to Add Photos to Canva through Uploads Button Step 2.2

Step 3: Wait for Canva to finish uploading the photo you chose from your device.

Once done, click and drag the said picture to the canvas. From there, you can drag the white circles and handles found on the image to resize it.

How to Add Photos to Canva through Uploads Button Step 3.1

You can even rotate and mirror the said photo if it’s part of the desired effect for your design.

How to Add Photos to Canva through Uploads Button Step 3.2

Step 4: Once you’re done adjusting the uploaded photo, tap anywhere on the canvas to save the recent changes you made.

Easy? Well, wait until you learn of the second way you can add photos to Canva — which we’ll learn below.

 

Adding Photos to Your Canva Project Through Canva’s Photo Gallery

Step 1: After creating a new design or opening an existing one from the All Designs menu, head over to the left-side panel menu.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 1

Keep scrolling until you reach the Photos tab. Tap it.

Step 2: In the succeeding panel that appears, you’ll then see the various images available in the Photos gallery. 

You can opt to continue scrolling down to find that particular photo you’re looking for.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 2.1

But, if you want to make the process breezier, there are 2 ways to narrow your search results:

  • Type the keyword/s in the search bar found at the upper part of the Photos gallery, or
  • Click on the filter pills below the search bar to sift through the pictures available based on categories.

While there are a lot of photos for you to choose from, be keen enough to check if such an image is a free or Premium one.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 2.2

If you happen to fancy an image with the crown symbol on its lower right, it’s a Premium photo. You can only use it if you’re a Canva Pro, Enterprise, Education, or Nonprofits user.

Otherwise, you can only take advantage of the free images (those without crown icons) for your design.

Step 3: Once you’ve selected the photo/s, click and drag them to the canvas so you can do all the adjustments needed as mentioned in Step 3 of the previous section.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 3

You can even add those pictures on a Canva frame or grid you chose earlier to further make your design livelier.

Step 4: Now, if you’re planning to use that particular image as the background of your design, right-click on it and tap the Set as image background option.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 4.1

Canva will then automatically resize the photo to the canvas’ size. 

If, however, you want to adjust the crop position of the image, just double-tap on it to make the grid box appear.

How to Add Photos to Canva through the Gallery Step 4.2

Drag the image sideways until you’re satisfied with the part of the picture featured on the canvas. Click the Done button so you’ll save the changes you’ve made.

Very simple, right? Follow through the steps above, and you’ll never go astray with adding photos to Canva.

So, what’re you waiting for over there? Start designing in Canva with images now!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Add Photos to Canva

 

Can I still use Premium photos for my designs even if I’m a Free account user?

You still can use Premium images on your Canva designs even if you haven’t upgraded to the Pro account yet. It’s just that you’ll need to pay for them first before you can download the entire design without a watermark splashed across it.

 

What should you do to add a picture to a grid or frame in Canva? 

To add pictures to frames and grids in Canva, you’ll need to click and drag them towards the particular cell of that frame or grid. The photo will then assume the entire space in that grid or frame. Double-tap on the image to adjust its crop position.

 

Can you still detach an image you’ve already made as the background in Canva?

You can still detach a picture turned into a background. Right-click on that photo and choose the Detach image from Background option. The picture will then revert to its original size before you stretched it when you turned it into your background photo.

 

How do I replace my background image in Canva?

To replace the background photo, right-click on a different picture and choose the Replace Background option in the dropdown menu.