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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 preset background for a design:

  1. Click the “Bkground” tab from the column to the left.
  2. Select a background. It will be added as the background of the design.
  • Use the search bar at the top of the menu to look for specific backgrounds.
  • For a solid color, click the paint palette and make a selection.
    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. Resize the photo to cover the entire Canvas. Click-and-drag the handles that appear on the corners of the photo.
    • Use the rectangular handles on the sides of the photo to crop if needed.
  • (Optional) Use the options in the Toolbar above the Canvas to change the photo settings.
  • Right-click the image. A new pop-up will appear.
  • Select “Send to Back.”
    send to back
  • Click the Lock option from the Toolbar. This will ensure the photo won’t be accidentally moved out of place. 
    lock button

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    Keywords:Canva, Graphic Design, social media, editor, images   Doc ID:110127
    Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
    Created:2021-04-06 10:18 PDTUpdated:2021-05-12 13:25 PDT
    Sites:Pacific Lutheran University
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