How To Cut Out an Image In Canva (With Screenshots!)

Cut Out Images In Canva
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Have you ever tried cutting out an image in Canva?

Maybe you have searched for it on the internet but were not able to find good tutorials.

No worries, I bring to you this step-by-step guide on how to cut out an image in Canva.

No more using complex apps like Photoshop for photo editing when you can do it with a few clicks on Canva.

So you ready? let’s dive in.

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How To Cut Out an Image In Canva

Below are the steps that you can follow to cut out an image in Canva:

1. Open Canva Website

Open your web browser and go to Canva’s website. If you don’t have a Canva account, sign up for a free account or log in if you already have one.

sign up or log in in canva

2. Click On the “Create a New Design” Button

After signing in, you’ll be directed to your Canva homepage. Click on the “Create a design” button from the top right corner of the page and choose a canvas for your project from the given options.

click on create a design

You can choose from various options like posters, flyers, logos, etc. This will direct you to an empty canvas with an editor panel on the left.

3. Add An Image

There are two ways to add an image on the blank canvas in front of you.

Using Canva Stock Images

Click on the ‘Apps’ button from the left sidebar and then scroll down for the ‘Photos’ button.

It will open up the Canva stock image library.

There you will see a search bar on the top, from where you can search for your desired image.

As a result of which you will see a lot of pictures in front of you, select the one that you want and drag and drop it into the canvas.

canva stock images

Uploading Custom Images

Upload the image you want to cut out by clicking on the “Uploads” tab on the left sidebar and then the “Upload files” button.

Now select the file that you want to upload from your system and it will start uploading.

Once your image is uploaded, drag and drop it onto your canvas.

upload custom images

4. Click On The ‘Edit Photo’ Button

After adding your image, click on the image on your canvas to select it.

A purple boundary will appear around your image confirming that the image is now selected and a new set of options will appear on the top of the screen.

From there, click on the ‘Edit Photo’ button. This will open a new sidebar on the left side.

click on edit pictures

5. Remove The Background

From the new object panel, click on the ‘Background Remover’ or ‘BG Remover’ button. You can find this button under the subheading of ‘Tools’.

When you click on the “Background Remover” button, Canva will process the selected image for a few seconds to identify the background and its elements.

click on Background Remover’ or ‘BG Remover’

Note: ‘Background Remover’ or ‘BG Remover’ button is only available for Canva Pro users.

6. Erase/Restore Your Image (Optional)

You can now see the image with its background removed in front of your screen.

If you are still not satisfied with the results, you can make further adjustments by clicking on the ‘BG Remover’ button again.

Now you will be able to see additional options for “Erase” and “Restore”.

Use the “Erase” option to remove any remaining parts of the background that you want to get rid of, and use “Restore” to bring back any parts of the original image that were mistakenly removed.

Erase/Restore Your Image

7. Preview Your Image

After the background removal process, Canva will display a preview of the image with the background removed, allowing you to see the results.

To make your photo even more stunning, you can also play with various editing tools like filters, effects, etc.

preview your image

8. Download Your Image

Click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of Canva, and scroll down to find a “Download” button. Click on it to open the download options.

Now Canva will provide you with different download options. Choose the image format you prefer. The most common options include PNG, JPG, PDF, etc.

After selecting your preferred file type, click on the purple ‘Download’ button from the bottom.

download your image

The image will now be saved to your computer and ready to be used or shared as needed.

How To Use The Cut-Out Image In Canva

Now when you have successfully downloaded your transparent image cutout from Canva.

You can now upload it back to Canva and start using the cutout wherever and however you want.

Here are some use cases of image cutouts:

  • You can use the image cutouts as watermarks
  • You can use the image cutouts on Youtube thumbnails, you can simply cut out your own portrait from the background and then use it to create eye-catching thumbnails
  • You can change the background of your images by cutting them out and then placing a new background behind them
  • You can use the cutouts to create PNG stickers.


If I am not on Canva Pro, can I still use its “Background Remover” tool?

No, Canva’s “Background Remover” tool is only available to Canva Pro subscribers. To use this feature, you would need to upgrade to Canva Pro.

Although if you do not wish to purchase a subscription, you can also use various free image editing software that offers background removal features.

How Do I Rearrange Photos in Canva?

Arranging photos in Canva is a very simple process. You just have to find the “Uploads” button from the editor panel on the left side.

Click on it to access your uploaded photos and then drag each photo to move them around the canvas and arrange them in the desired order.

Apart from Canva, what other tools can I use to cut out a picture?

There are various apps and software available that can help you cut out a picture. Some of the most popular options are PhotoDirector, Background Eraser, and YouCam Perfect, etc.

Always ensure that you use reputable and trusted tools to protect your images and data.

Before You Leave

Remember, the “Background Remover” tool is not available for free users, you may need to consider other free alternatives.

So, I hope I was able to give you the information on how to cut out an image in Canva.

So if you still got any questions regarding the above topic, you can comment them down below, I would to help you out.

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