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How To Fill Letters With Pictures in Canva (Easy Trick!)

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I see you’re struggling with how to fill letters with pictures in Canva.

Believe me, I’ve been in your shoes, trying to figure out that tricky photo-in-text effect without a clipping mask option.

It can be frustrating, I know!

But here’s the deal: Canva has these alphabet frames with image placeholders that are ready for you to drag and drop images into.

All you have to do is pick an alphabet frame, upload and drag your photo into it, resize it, and it’s done.

So don’t let Canva’s lack of clipping masks stop you from designing beautiful, personalized photo lettering.

Let’s see how to do this step by step.

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How To Fill Letters With Pictures in Canva

Below is the step-by-step guide on how to fill letters with pictures in Canva:

1. Create a New Design

From the Canva homepage, click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner of the screen.

A new menu with various design types will appear in front of you like, documents, banners, email signatures, etc.

create a design

Use the top search bar to search for your desired design type or scroll down the available options.

Click on the design type, you like the most to get directed to the blank canvas.

Note: for this tutorial, it does not matter what design type you choose because you can fill pictures in letters in any design.

2. Add Letter Frames

Once you get directed to a blank canvas, click on the ‘Elements’ button from the left sidebar, and then from the top toolbar search for ‘Letter Frames’.

Then click on the ‘See All’ button opposite to frames section to get access to all letter frames in front of you.

search for letter frames

After getting access to all letter frames, drag the letter frames to the canvas one by one to form a word.

For eg. here I have created a SHARE word so I have added these letter frames: S, H, A, R, E

add frames to its place

You can do this for any word you want.

Just make sure you align them perfectly, you can use the alignment options from the “Position” tab on the top toolbar.

3. Fill Letters With Pictures

Once you have your letter frames aligned properly in your design, it is time to add pictures to them.

If you want to use Canva’s stock photo library then click on the ‘Apps’ button and then scroll down to click on the ‘Photos’ button.

click on apps

Now you can browse through the available photos or use the search bar to find specific photos.

For example, I am searching for a ‘nature’ picture from Canva stock photos.

drag and drop a image onto the frame

Once you found a photo that you like, drag and drop it onto the respective letter frame.

Or if you want to upload your own image to fill the letters, click on the ‘Uploads’ button and then on the ‘Upload Files’ button to upload your image from your computer.

Drag And Drop The Uploaded image

Once your image is uploaded, drag and drop it onto the letter frame.

Note: follow the same procedure to fill all the letter frames with pictures in front of you.

4. Adjust Your Picture

Once you have your pictures in their respective letter frames, it is time to adjust the picture according to your liking so that it fits perfectly.

To adjust your picture, double-click on the picture, and then by pressing the left button of your mouse drag the picture right or left inside the frame.

adjust the image

You can drag the image left or right until the part of the photo that you want to appear in the frame is in front of you. Then release the lift button of your mouse to finalize the adjustment.

5. Download Your Design

Once you’re satisfied with how the letters look with pictures filled into them and when you’re ready to download, click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen.

click in share button

A new menu will appear on the right-hand side, click on the ‘Download’ button. Now set your file type to PNG and click on the ‘Download’ button again at the last.

download your design

Canva will then start preparing your design for downloading.

FAQ- How To Fill Letters With Pictures in Canva

Go through the frequently asked questions below to get a better understanding of this topic:

How Do I Fill a Shape With Text In Canva?

To fill a shape with text in Canva, first, click on the ‘Elements’ button from the left sidebar and then search for ‘Shape’ from the top search bar.
Canva will now show a variety of shapes for you to choose from. Click on the shape that you like the most to add it to your design and then double-click on the shape again to start typing your text.

How Do I Blend Images In Canva?

Firstly, remove the background of the image that you want to blend by clicking on the ‘Edit Photo’ button and then on the ‘BG Remover’ button.

Once the background of the image is removed, add a new background to the design by clicking on the ‘Background’ button.

Then click on the ‘Transparency’ button from the top toolbar to make the image a bit transparent so it blends with your background.
To know more in detail, go through our blog How to Blend Photos in Canva.

Before You Leave

Now you can transform your boring text into creative masterpieces.

Tip: just make sure to not insert very cluttered or confusing pictures into your letter frames. So that your letters can be readable.

To make your letters stand out even more, you can add a beautiful background and decorative elements around them to make your design even more innovative.

That being said, filling letters with pictures opens a door for endless opportunities.

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