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How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva — Quick Guide

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva — Quick Guide

Wow! Your profile photo looks stunning! 

How did you manage to make the image take the shape of a circle? 

Well, if you’re still not a Canva user, you’re missing out on one of the things that make Canva great — the ability to fill a shape with an image.

So, if you’re raring to learn this cool graphic design trick, read below.

 

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva

First, head to the “Elements” tab. Then, go to the “Frames” section and select a shape. Then, choose a picture you’ll fill the shape with from Canva’s “Photos” tab or import one through the “Uploads” tab. Click and drag the image towards the shape until it fills its space.

 

Filling Shapes with Images in Canva — All You Need to Know

Filling a shape, or even, learning how to change the shape of a photo in Canva isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Gone are the days where you’ll have to manually place an image on top of a shape to make it look like it’s framed.

With Canva, you’ll only have to master a few steps to successfully fill a shape with an image in Canva.

So, granting you’ve already opened a design file or created a new one, here’s what you should do.

Step 1: On the editor page, head to the left side panel and click on the Elements tab.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 1

Step 2: Scroll down the right-side panel until you see the Frames section. Select the See all button to check out the various shapes in the gallery.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 2

Step 3: Continue scrolling down the Frames gallery until you find the shape you’d like to use. Click and drag the shape once you find one that you’ll use.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 3

Step 4: Now, it’s time to choose what image you’ll fill the shape.

You can use Canva’s stock images by heading to the Photos tab on the left side panel of the editor page.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 4.1

From there, you can either use the search bar function and type in keywords to find the photo you’re looking for. 

Or, you can choose to click on the Category pills found below the search bar to help you narrow your search further.

Another way to add a picture to Canva is to import one through the Uploads tab. 

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 4.2

Simply click on it on the left side panel and select the Upload media button to begin the process.

Step 5: After selecting the image you’ll use, click and drag it towards the shape you added earlier.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 5

Keep dragging until you see the image filling up the shape’s space.

Step 6: If, however, you want to adjust the crop positioning of the photo inside the shape, all you need to do is double-click on it first.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 6.1

Then, you’ll see the image inside a grid of some sort. Drag the photo sideways to change the part of the picture you want to be featured inside the shape.

You can also opt to click on the Crop button on the editor toolbar to make crop positioning adjustments as well.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 6.2

Whatever method you choose, make sure to select the Done button afterward.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 6.3

Step 7: Resize the image-laden shape by dragging the white circles and pill handles surrounding it.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 7

Then, drag it across the canvas to position it according to the design you have.

Step 8: Once you’re satisfied with how framed photo looks, click the Download button, select a file type to save it into before you hit the Download button.

How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva Step 8

Very easy, right? 

If you find this a bit confusing still, you can read up on how to use frames in Canva to learn more about making images fill a shape in the tool.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Fill a Shape with an Image in Canva

 

Can you still fill shapes with images in Canva even if you’re on a free account only?

As Frames isn’t a Canva Pro-exclusive feature, free users can still enjoy filling shapes with images. However, just avoid using premium photos during the process so you won’t have to pay anything when you download them.

 

Is it possible to download a framed photo with a transparent background?

It’s possible to download framed pictures with transparent backgrounds. Simply tick the Transparent background button after selecting PNG as the file type. But, you’ll need to be on Canva Pro to enjoy this transparent background feature.