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Removing a background from your image has never been easier than with Canva’s remove background image filter. A while back I used to have to spend hours creating clipping paths in Photoshop to remove the background – it’s was such an awful task!
Now you don’t even need to be a tech-savvy designer to create this modern look. I’m going to walk you through the steps to remove the background from an image and even give you some design tips along the way.
Before you get started – you should know that you will need the Canva Pro account to use this cool feature.
1. Choose an image
Canva’s background remover tool is really effective, but you’ll want to make sure you choose the best image possible. Make sure your image is crisp and clear and that there isn’t anything blocking the person or object you want to isolate.
2. Create a design
Login to your Canva account and create a design. It can be any size to start with, we’re just using this to create your isolated image.
3. Upload and crop your image
Click on Uploads and select your image from your computer or device. Add the image to your design and crop the image by dragging the image bounding box.
⭐️ Tip: Crop as much of the background out from the image as possible to avoid having to do any touch ups after applying the filter.
4. Apply the Background Remover filter
After you select the image, click Edit Image. Then, select Background Remover. Within less than a minute your image will automatically have the background removed!
If you are happy with the outcome you can move on to the next step and save your image. If there is some background remaining that needs to be removed, you can grab the eraser and manually remove it.
In the image above, there was a small area circled in red that still needs to be erased. I can use the erase tool and change the size of the brush I’m using for more accuracy.
If a mistake is made and you erase too much, you can switch to the restore brush and get parts of your original image restored.
Click Done when you are finished to save your changes.
⭐️ Tip:Zoom in to your image as much as you can and select a small brush for erasing. This will give you better control for a more natural look.
5. Save your image
Once your image is ready to be saved, select the image and go to Download in the top right. In the download settings, set your size to 3x, check off transparent background and make sure your file type is PNG.
Click Download and save the image to your computer or device.
Next, upload the image to Canva and you’ll now have the image in your uploads folder to use at any time!
⭐️ Tip: Name your new file “filename-isolated.png” so you can easily find it later by searching “isolated” in the Uploads tab in Canva.
Removing the background from an image using Canva takes just a few quick steps. This effect allows you to have more flexibility and control over your images.
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