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Canva: Adding a Background

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The background of a design can be added in two ways: with a preset background, or as an image. Preset backgrounds come in various patterns and colors.

To use a color background for a design:

  1. Click on your canvas.
  2. Click the color spectrum square in the toolbar above the canvas.
  3. Add a solid color or gradient in the preset options OR add your own solid color or gradient.

To add your own solid color or gradient:

  1. Click the color spectrum square within the background menu.
  2. For a Solid Color, select the "Solid Color" section and choose your color from the palette, or enter a hex code.
    (See photo below)
  3. For a Gradient, select the "Gradient" section and choose both the type of gradient, and the different colors included.
    (See photo below)

paint button 

To set an image as the background:

  1. Insert an image. A stock image or uploaded image can be used. See Canva: Adding Photos for more details about adding images to a design.
  2. (Optional): resize the photo to cover the entire Canvas. Click-and-drag the handles that appear on the corners of the photo.
  • Use the Crop menu in the Edit Photo menu to crop if needed.
  • Right-click the image. A new pop-up will appear.
  • Select “Replace Background.”
    Replace Background 
  • Result of "Replace Background":

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KeywordsCanva, Graphic Design, social media, editor, images   Doc ID110127
OwnerJanelle B.GroupPacific Lutheran Univ
Created2021-04-06 10:18:28Updated2023-08-04 16:28:19
SitesPacific Lutheran University
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