I know how frustrating it can be when you want to delete just part of an element in Canva but can’t figure out how.
You’re clicking all over and nothing is happening!
Canva elements are vector files in SVG format and unlike photos and images, they can’t be erased.
So how to erase part of an element in Canva?
Well, I’ve got some good news for you – there’s actually an easy way to erase only part of any element in Canva.
The secret is to first convert an element into an image file and then re-upload it to canva in order to delete a part of it.
Just follow along with these quick tips on how to erase part of an element in Canva, and you’ll get to know what I am talking about.
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How To Erase Part Of an Element In Canva
Below are the steps that you can follow to erase part of an element in Canva:
1. Create New Design
Click on the ‘Create A Design’ button from the top right corner of the Canva homepage.
Now a new menu with various design types will open in front of you such as documents, flyers, Facebook posts, etc.
Use the top search bar to search for your specific design type or scroll through the available options.
Click on the design type of your liking to get redirected to the blank canvas.
2. Add An Element
After getting redirected to the blank canvas, we can start by adding an element to your design.
Click on the ‘Elements’ button from the left sidebar. Now a new menu with various element categories will open on the left-hand side.
Search for your desired element from the top search bar. Then from the search results, click on the element that catches your eye the most
For example, I will search for ‘Sunrise’ from the top search bar for demonstration purposes.
After adding an element to your design, drag the ‘Resizing’ handles to stretch the element fully on the canvas.
3. Download The Design
After resizing the element, we can proceed with downloading the design on your computer.
Click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen. Then click on the ‘Download’ button from the new menu.
Now set your file type to PNG, and click on the ‘Transparent Background’ button to save the design without any background.
Then click on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom to start the downloading process.
4. Reupload Your Design
Once the file is downloaded to your computer.
Open a new Canva design and then reupload the previously downloaded file on your new design.
To do that, click on the ‘Uploads’ button from the left sidebar and then on the ‘Upload Files’ button to select the previously downloaded file from your computer.
Once the image is successfully uploaded, it will appear under your upload library. Drag and drop that uploaded image on your design.
5. Erase The Part Of The Element
After re-uploading your image on your design, we can start with erasing the unwanted part of the element.
Below are two ways to erase the part of the element in Canva:
a) BG Remover
Click on the image and then on the ‘Edit Photo’ button from the top toolbar.
An editing panel will open on the left-hand side. Click on the ‘BG Remover’ button to remove the background of the image.
If you still want to remove other parts of the element, then click on the ‘BG Remover’ button again to get access to more editing tools
Now you will notice two editing tools in front of you:
Click on the ‘Erase’ button and then drag the cursor over the unwanted part of your element.
As you will drag the cursor over the unwanted part, it will automatically get erased in front of you.
If you have erased some part of the wanted part of the element by mistake, click on the ‘Restore’ button.
Then drag your cursor over the mistakenly erased part to restore it back to your design.
b) Magic Eraser
You can also use the ‘Magic Eraser’ feature on Canva to remove the part of an element.
Click on the image, then on the ‘Edit Photo’ button from the top toolbar.
Now a new editing panel will open on the left-hand side, click on the ‘Magic Eraser’ button to erase the unwanted parts of the element.
After clicking on the ‘Magic Eraser’ button, drag your cursor over the element that you want to erase.
For example, I want to erase the clouds on my design. So I will brush my cursor over them.
Canva will now process your image for a few seconds and then the highlighted element will get erased in front of you.
To erase even the smallest part of the element, drag the ‘Brush Size’ slider towards the left-hand side to decrease the size of the brush.
Or if you want to increase the size of the brush then drag the ‘Brush Size’ slider towards the right-hand side.
Both the ‘BG Remover’ and ‘Magic Eraser’ features are only available in Canva Pro. This means that Canva-free users cannot use these features.
Either Canva free users can update to Canva Pro. Or use a third-party tool to remove the part of the element.
FAQ- How To Erase Part Of an Element In Canva
Below are a few frequently asked questions:
Can You Remove Parts Of An Element In Canva?
Yes, you can easily remove parts of an element in Canva. There are two methods for removing parts of the elements, ‘BG Remover’ and ‘Magic Eraser’.
Although these features are only available to Canva Pro users. This means that Canva-free users cannot use these tools.
How Do I Cut Out Part Of An Image In Canva?
To cut out part of an image in Canva, click on the ‘Edit Photo’ button from the top toolbar and then on the ‘BG Remover’ button.
Now the background of your image will get removed, only the cut out of the image will be left on your canvas. To edit your image further, click on the ‘BG Remover’ button again to get access to the ‘Erase’ and ‘Restore’ tools.
And there you have it – now you know how to easily erase just a portion of any element in Canva using the simple trick that I have shared!
Using this simple Canva trick has saved me tons of time on my own designs. I remember how irritated I used to get trying to click and erase bits of elements with no luck.
Have fun experimenting with erasing partial sections of your elements!
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Thanks for reading! Now get to editing.
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