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4 Ways to Create an Outline around Your Photos in Canva

4 Ways to Create an Outline around Your Photos in Canva

Wow! How’d you add an outline to the images on your design? 

Did you need to use Photoshop or Illustrator to achieve such an effect?

Well, using Illustrator or Photoshop is a great help when creating outlines on your images.

But, if you’re a newbie simply wanting to try out this cool effect, the complex process might put you off.

However, if you’re a Canva user, you’ll be pleased to know that you can achieve a similar effect in as little as six steps.

 

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva

First, select a photo from either the Photos gallery or import one through the Uploads tab. Then, remove its background. Third, duplicate and cut out a second photo. Click on the 2nd photo and apply the Duotone effect. Blur it if you want a glowing effect and position it behind the 1st photo.

If you prefer a workaround for glowing outlines, head to fontmeme.com/glow-effect and upload the image you want to have a glowing outline behind it.

Once you’re done editing on fontmeme.com, download the image and upload it to your Canva account through the Uploads button.

But, if you opt for a white outline only, click the Shadows option on the Edit image gallery and select Glow.

Adjust the color, transparency, and blur accordingly before you select the Apply button.

 

Outlines Around Your Photos In Canva — 4 Nifty Methods to Create Them

Adding outlines around your Canva photos is one way of creatively highlighting them. 

But, to create outlines, you don’t need to use complicated tools like Illustrator or Photoshop. Even with Canva, you can achieve such an effect.

 

1. Adding a Simple Outline to Your Canva Photos

Step 1: Open a new design file by clicking the Create a Design button on Canva’s home page. Then, select Custom Dimensions and encode the document size.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Adding a Simple Outline Step 1

Or, you can head to the Custom Dimensions button and encode the size of the document you’re creating.

Step 2: Once you’re on the editor page, begin designing by adding an image to the canvas.

If you have a photo you’d like to use from your device, head to the Uploads tab on the left side panel and import the image.

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But, if you prefer using stock photos, head to the Photos tab on the same left side panel and use the search bar function to find the picture you want to use.

Click and drag that image to the canvas.

Step 3: After adding a picture to the canvas, resize it accordingly before you select it and head to the Edit image tab on the editor toolbar.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Adding a Simple Outline Step 3.1

From the left panel that appears, select the Background Remover tool. But, you need to be on Canva Pro for you to enjoy this nifty feature.

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After clicking the Background Remover, give Canva a few moments to process out the background. 

Once Canva successfully removes the background of a picture, review if the tool managed to erase everything in the background.

Select Apply changes if you’re satisfied with how the image looks.

If, however, you’re on Canva free, you can download the image you want to use from Canva first and upload it to remove.bg for the tool to remove the background.

After the tool’s done with removing the photo’s background, download it and reupload the background-less image to Canva through the Uploads tab.

Step 4: Once you successfully removed the background of the picture, duplicate it.

First, you’ll need to select the image and click on the Duplicate button on the editor toolbar. 

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Or, if you prefer using a useful Canva keyboard shortcut, press Alt while you click and drag the photo.

Then, place the newly duplicated photo to the side of the original image. Then, make the photo slightly bigger than the original one by dragging the white circles surrounding it.

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Step 5: After resizing the 2nd photo, click it and select the Edit image button on the editor toolbar.

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Then, on the left panel that appears, go to the Duotone section and choose the Duotone color you’d like to use. 

Click the See All button to see all the choices available.

Click on the Duotone color you’d like to apply to the image. Choose the Apply button if you’re okay with the color you selected.

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Step 6: Place the Duotoned image on top of the original image and align them accordingly. 

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After which, click the photo, head to the Position button, and select the Backward option to send the Duotoned photo to the back of the original one.

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Step 7: If you find that you don’t like the positioning of the outline you created, press Shift/Command + Tab on the keyboard to shift between the elements.

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Then, make the adjustments you deem is applicable accordingly.

Step 8: If you’re okay with how the outlined image looks, then click the Download button and follow the steps to export your design accordingly.

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But, what if I want the outline to have a glowing effect on it? Can I still achieve the said effect within Canva?

Well, you don’t have to leave Canva for you to create this incredible glowing outline on your Canva photos.

 

2. How to Add a Glowing Outline to your Canva Photos

Step 1: After you’ve positioned the Duotoned image behind the original one, select it before heading to the Edit image button on the editor toolbar.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva How to Add a Glowing Outline Steps 1 and 2

Step 2: On the left side panel that appears, you’ll notice several sliders. Head to the Blur slider and drag the circle to the right to make the Duotoned photo hazier.

Keep dragging the slider until you achieve the look of your photo. Click anywhere on the canvas to exit the Adjust gallery.

Step 3: If you’re satisfied with how the glowing outline looks, change the background of the canvas and add text and other graphic elements as needed.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva How to Add a Glowing Outline Step 3

Then, select the Download button and follow the next steps in exporting your design to your device.

While the steps to creating a glowing outline in Canva are pretty much straightforward, you can further simplify them by using a third-party app.

 

3. Creating a Glowing Outline for your Photos with Fontmeme

Step 1: On the web browser you’re using, type fontmeme.com/glow-effect on the navigation bar. This will direct you to the Glow Effect section of the said tool.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Creating Glowing Outline with Fontmeme Step 1

Step 2: Download the photo you removed the background from Canva by clicking the Download button.

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Make sure to choose the PNG file type and tick the Transparent background box before you carry on with the download process.

Step 3: On the fontmeme website, click the Upload an Image button to begin the process.

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Step 4: After the photo’s successfully uploaded on the site, select the Glow Color button and choose the hue you want to have for the glow outline.

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Wait for the tool to generate the image with the glow outline you created.

Step 5: To further enhance the glow outline, click the Pencil icon and choose the Shadow Effect option.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Creating Glowing Outline with Fontmeme Step 5

Step 6: If you’re good with how your photo looks, right-click on it and select the Save Image as option on the dropdown button that appears.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Creating Glowing Outline with Fontmeme Step 6

Then, check the newly-downloaded image on your device to see how the photo looks. 

Step 7: Finally, re-upload the photo with the glow outline to Canva by selecting the Uploads tab on the left side panel.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Creating Glowing Outline with Fontmeme Step 7

And, once the picture’s successfully uploaded, click and drag it to the project to edit it.

Yet, what if I only want a classic white outline to my photo? Do I use the same methods when creating glow outlines?

 

4. Adding a White Outline to Your Canva Photo

Step 1: After you removed the background of the image you’re using, click on it and head to the Edit image tab of the editor toolbar.

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Step 2: On the Edit image gallery that appears, head to the Shadow section and select the Glow option.

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Allow for Canva to generate the Glow effect on your photo.

Step 3: Click on the Adjust panel in the middle of the Glow option to reveal the various sliders you can adjust to enhance the outline further.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Adding White Outlines Step 3

Step 4: Drag the sliders of the blur, transparency, and size according to how you want the image to look.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Adding White Outlines Step 4

There are no set values for these parameters, but make sure that you choose the color white for the outline under the Color section.

Step 5: Once you’re satisfied with the look of your design, follow the steps to download it accordingly.

How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva Adding White Outlines Step 5

So, there you have it — 4 nifty methods of adding outlines to your photos. 

Choose what method works best for you in helping you achieve the look of the image you’re aiming for.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Create an Outline Around Your Photos in Canva

 

How do I remove the background of an image if I’m a Canva free user?

The background remover tool in Canva is a feature that only Pro account users can enjoy. But, if you’re a Canva free user, you can upload the image to remove.bg and allow the tool to do the background removal. Just reupload the background-less image to Canva after the process.

 

Is the Duotone feature in Canva a Pro-user exclusive app?

Duotone in Canva can be used both by Canva free and Pro users. Hence, Duotone isn’t exclusive for Canva Pro users only.

 

How do I add Duotone and Shadows integration on the Edit image gallery if I can’t find them?

If you can’t find the Duotone and Shadows apps on the Edit image gallery, keep scrolling until you see the You may also like section. Select the Shadows and Duotone buttons respectively, and click the Use button to add them to the list of photo effects you can use.