Struggling to make your images stand out in your Canva designs? I feel you!
I used to have the same problem until I figured out the magic of frames.
Framing your images in Canva gives them shape, dimension, and focus.
But if you’re new to Canva, using frames can be confusing at first.
I remember struggling to even find the frame options when I started!
Not to worry! In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you exactly how to use frames in Canva to make your images pop.
With just a few simple steps, you can add chic frames that complement your design perfectly.
Let’s dive in and I’ll walk you through framing like a pro in Canva!
Your designs will go from flat to fabulous in no time.
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How To Use Frames In Canva
Follow the below steps to learn how to use frames in Canva:
1. Open Canva
Alright, let’s get started with Canva!
First, open the Canva website in your browser. At the top right corner of the screen, you’ll see two buttons – ‘Sign Up’ and ‘Log In’.
If you’re new to Canva, click that ‘Sign Up’ button to create a brand new account. It’s super quick and easy.
But if you’ve used Canva before, click ‘Log In’ instead. Type in the username and password for your existing account. This will log you into your Canva homepage.
And you’re in!
2. Create a Design
Once you log in, you will be redirected to the Canva homepage and now you have to create a blank canvas in order to use frames.
Click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner of the Canva homepage. As a result of which a new menu with various design types like logos, banners, posters, flyers, etc will appear in front of you.
You can use the top search bar or scroll through the available design types to find the one that you need. Once you found your desired design type, click on it.
But if you have specific design dimensions in your mind then you can also click on the ‘Custom Size’ button from the bottom of the menu.
And then enter your dimensions (width and height), lastly click on the ‘Create New Design’ button.
3. Add a Frame
After being directed to a blank canvas, click on the ‘Elements’ button from the left sidebar. As a result which Canva library of pre-made elements will appear in front of you.
You can browse through the element categories like graphics, stickers, shapes, etc, or use the search bar to search for ‘Frame’ As I did in this tutorial.
Now the ‘Frames’ subheading will be displayed in front of you. Click on the ‘See All’ button to view all the frames.
The more you scroll down the more creative the frame will get. Click on the frame that you like the most to add it to your design.
Note: for this tutorial, I will be taking a heart-shaped frame for my design.
4. Customize Your Frame
Once you have your desired frame on your canvas, it is time to customize the frame according to your needs.
If you don’t like the color of your existing frame border, you can change it by clicking on the ‘Color’ button from the top toolbar.
As a result of which a new menu will appear, use the ‘Color Picker Slider’ or ‘Default Colors’ to find your desired color and then click on it to make changes in your frame.
Note: not all frames contain borders, so if your frame does not contain borders then you can easily skip the above step.
To make your frame smaller or bigger, click on the frame ones and a boundary box will appear around it.
While pressing the left button of your mouse, drag one of the corners of the boundary box away from the frame to make it bigger in size.
Or drag the corners closer to the frame to make it smaller in size.
5. Add Image Into Frame
After adding and customizing your frame, now we have to learn how to add images into the frame.
There are two methods of adding an image into the frame:
Either you can upload your own image and then add it to the frame.
It can be done by clicking on the ‘Uploads’ button from the left sidebar and again on the ‘Upload Files’ button to upload the photo you need from your computer to the Canva Uploads library.
Now you simply have to drag and drop the image onto your frame.
Or you can use Canva stock images, for that, you have to click on the ‘Apps’ button from the left sidebar and then scroll down to click on the ‘Photos’ button.
As a result of which Canva’s pre-made Library of stock images will appear in front of you.
Now you can either scroll through all the options or use the above search bar to search for a specific image and then drag and drop the desired image into the frame.
Note: For this tutorial, I will be using Canva stock photos.
6. Customize Your Photo
Now it’s time to customize the photo according to your liking.
To reposition your photo, double-click on the photo.
As a result of which a boundary box will appear around it. Now while pressing the left button of your mouse, drag the image from left to right or top to bottom so that it fits perfectly into the frame.
To resize your photo, drag one of the corners of the same boundary box away from the image to make it bigger, or drag the corners closer to the photo to make it smaller in size.
To edit your photo, click on the image ones and a top toolbar will appear in front of you. Click on the ‘Edit Photo’ button from the top toolbar, as a result of which the new venue will open.
Now you can click on any tools, effects, or filters that you like to change the appearance of the image inside the frame.
7. Save Your Design
After adding and customizing your frame and photo, It is time to save the results on your desktop.
Click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen and then on the ‘Download’ button.
Now download settings will open, set your file type to ‘PNG’ or ‘JGP’ and lastly click on the ‘Download’ button again to start the downloading process.
What Are The Popular Frames To Use In Canva?
The most popular frames that people use in Canva are circular or square frames.
The circular frame is widely used in logos, badges, social media profile pictures, etc. and square frames are commonly used for Instagram posts, magazines, business cards, etc.
Both circular and square frames suit almost every design type and theme.
Can You Add a Custom Frame To Canva?
Yes, you can add a custom frame to Canva.
You can either create your own frame in photoshop or you can visit a site like ‘Freepik’ and download the frame you like in ‘PNG’ format and upload it to Canva
Before You Leave
And that’s a wrap on how to use frames in Canva!
I hope this little guide explained clearly how you can add one or more frames to your designs. It’s super easy!
Here’s a quick tip: Feel free to add as many frames as you want to a single design. Just follow the same steps over and over to insert multiple frames. Pretty cool right?
If you still have any questions after reading this, please ask away in the comments below! I’d be happy to help explain anything you need to be clarified.
Thanks for stopping by and learning how to frame your Canva designs. Now go make something awesome!
Hey there! I’m Rohit Lohia, a passionate SEO enthusiast and the proud founder of Branded Bucks. I’m all about helping small business owners achieve success online through my blog. Join me on this exciting journey as we explore ways to make money online and build a thriving digital presence.