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Canva: Adding Photos
Adding and Editing Photos Tutorial Video:
Canva has a large library of stock photos that can be added to designs. Be aware that photos marked as “Premium” will not appear on an exported/printed design from a Free Canva account. Photos can also be uploaded from your computer and will be accessible in all of your designs. A Canva account is required to upload and the file size must be smaller than 25MB.
To add a stock photo to a design:
- Click the “Elements” tab from the column to the left.
- Press "See All" next to the photos section.
- Select a photo. It will be added to the design.
Use the search bar at the top of the menu to look for specific photos and other elements.
To upload a photo:
- Click the “Uploads” tab from the column to the left.
- Click the purple “Upload files” button.
- Click the “Device” button. A new window will appear.
- Locate and select the desired file from your computer.
- Click “Open.” The file will begin uploading and appear in the “Images” tab.
- You may also click the three dots button to the right of "Upload files" and you will be able to choose from the following upload options:
Upload, Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook or Instagram.
- When uploading is complete, select the photo. It will be added to the design.
- Use the options in the Toolbar above the Canvas to change the photo settings.
- Effects: add an effect such as duotone, blur, and auto focus.
- Filter: add a variety of different filters in different categories, like Natural, Warm, Vivid, or Color Pop.
- Adjust: change the photo properties such as brightness.
- Crop: cut out unwanted parts of the image. Click-and-drag the handles that appear along the border.
6. Position: change the alignment of the content on the Canvas, as well as the layer order.
8. Lock: lock the content in place. This prevents it from being accidentally moved.
Additional Editing Options
- Resize: select the photo, then click-and-drag one of the white handles that appears on the corners of the border.
- Reposition: select the photo, then click-and-drag from inside the box to a new location.
- Rotate: select the photo, then click-and-drag the white rotation handle left-or-right.