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Distorting an Image in Canva — Here’s How You Do It

Distorting an Image in Canva — Here’s How You Do It

Have you ever seen images that are curved even when they aren’t? If you’ve seen such kinds of images, you might be wondering why they exist.

By dictionary definition, distortion means a twist, change, or exaggeration that makes an image appear different.

Photography-wise, image distortion happens when the straight lines of the said picture or photo are unnaturally curved. In short, the images are deformed.

However, distortion has a beautiful purpose in photography and anything related to images. Distortion is sometimes needed to change the perspective of that photo.

So, if you want to try this distortion technique, you can do so in Canva. How? Well, you’ll know by continuing to read below.

 

How to Distort an Image in Canva

  1. Upload a photo from your computer through the “Uploads” tab or choose one from the “Photos” tab.
  2. If you haven’t added “Liquify” to your “Effects” menu, click “More” and select “Liquify” from the “You may also like” section.
  3. Select “Use” to add liquify to your “Edit image” menu.
  4. Click the image you added to select it.
  5. Choose the “Edit image” tab on the toolbar.
  6. Scroll down until you see “Liquify” and click the “See all” button.
  7. Choose the “Liquify” effect you’d like to use on the image.
  8. If you need to adjust the “Liquify” effect you selected, select its “Settings” button.
  9. Drag the corresponding sliders in that particular “Liquify” effect to adjust them.
  10. Click “Apply” to apply the “Liquify” effect’s settings to the image.
  11. Save the newly-distorted image by clicking “Share” and “Download” consecutively.

You might think the process is challenging, but it’s actually simpler after more practice.

So, if you’re curious about how to distort images in Canva, refer to the detailed steps below.

Step 1: Click the “Create a design” button to open a new project.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 1.1

You can opt to use a custom size or select one of the options shown in the dropdown menu.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 1.2

Once you’re inside the editor page, go to the “Uploads” tab and click the “Upload file” button.

If you prefer to use Canva’s stock images, go to the “Photos” tab instead and select an image you’d like to use.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 1.3

Step 2: After selecting the image, add the “Liquify” effect to your “Edit image” menu if you haven’t added it yet.

Choose “More” on the left-side panel. Keep scrolling until the “You may also like” section appears.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 2.1

Then, find the “Liquify” thumbnail and click it.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 2.2

Step 3: You’ll then decide whether to add “Liquify” to your “Edit image” menu. Since you do want to use it, click “Use.”

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 3

This move will automatically add “Liquify” to the photo editing effects you can use.

Step 4: Go back to the image you selected earlier and click it. You’ll then see the said photo surrounded by a purple outline with circles at its corners.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 4

Step 5: Once you see the image having the purple outline, go to the toolbar that appears and click “Edit image.”

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 5

Step 6: If you haven’t used “Liquify” before, scroll down the menu that appears until you find the “Liquify” section.

Once there, click “See all.”

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 6

Step 7: You’ll then be presented with the various “Liquify” effects available. 

It is in this step that you can experiment with what “Liquify” effect you’ll use as you can click on each of the thumbnails to apply it.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 7

You’ll immediately see how the image looks the soonest you click the said “Liquify” effect.

Step 8: If you want to further adjust the “Liquify” effect you selected, click “Settings” found in the middle of its thumbnail.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 8

Step 9: Sliders will then appear on the “Settings” menu of the said “Liquify” effect.

Drag the said sliders to the right or to the left to see how it affects the image you selected.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 9

Step 10: Once you’re okay with the distorted look of your picture, choose the “Apply” button.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 10

Step 11: If you have no further editing to do, proceed by clicking the “Share” button on the menu bar.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 11.1

Then, click the “Download’ option in the dropdown menu. Select the file type that will allow you to download the picture in good quality.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 11.2

Once everything’s set, select “Download” to save the newly-distorted image to your computer.

How to Distort an Image in Canva Step 11.3

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, better try this “Liquify” effect on your image to give it the distorted look you so crave to achieve.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Distort an Image in Canva

 

Is the “Liquify” effect a Canva Pro exclusive feature?

The “Liquify” effect on Canva is not a Canva Pro exclusive feature. You only need to apply this effect (or more aptly called an app) to your “Edit image” menu for you to use it.

 

What happens to the image when I use the “Liquify” effect on it?

According to Canva’s definition, “Liquify” will warp the photos you selected. With that, the photo will have a melted, underwater, drippy, or wavy vibe to it.

 

Can I use the “Liquify” effect on elements or vectors in Canva?

Effects, including “Liquify,” can be applied to certain graphics and flat photos. You cannot use the “Liquify” effect on stickers and vectors.