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Add and remove backgrounds

Backgrounds offer a quick and simple way to brighten your design.

There are different types of backgrounds you can use for your design:

  • Solid color backgrounds
  • Photo backgrounds
  • Illustration backgrounds
  • Gradient backgrounds

Adding backgrounds can be done in several ways, depending on which version of the editor you’re using. Head over to our article about Canva 1.0 and 2.0 to find out which version you’re using.

 

Add and remove backgrounds (Canva 2.0)


Add a solid colored background

  1. Click the background of your document page.
  2. Click the color tile in the toolbar.
  3. Choose a color from the color palette or click + to use the color picker.

Add a photo background

  1. Open the Elements tab in the side panel.
  2. Search or browse to find an image.
  3. Filter the results by clicking Photos under the search bar.
  4. Drag and drop a photo into the background zone. A blue border should appear around the page as you drop it.
  5. Alternatively, you can simply click on the photo to add it to the document page. Resize the photo to be larger than the page by using the handles on the photo corners.

Add an illustration background

  1. Open the Elements tab in the side panel.
  2. Type “background” in the search bar and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Filter the results by clicking Graphics under the search bar.
  4. Click your chosen illustration to add to your document page.
  5. Resize the illustration with the handles on the illustration’s corners.
  6. Click Position and choose Backward to set the illustration as a background.

note: If there are existing elements in your design, you can move your intended background to the back by layering.

Add a gradient background

  1. Open the Elements tab in the side panel.
  2. Type “gradient” in the search bar and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Click Photos under the search bar for options you can drag and drop as a background.
  4. Click Graphics under the search bar to add a gradient illustration as background.

note: If there are existing elements in your design, you can move your intended background to the back by layering.

Remove background

  1. Click the background you’d like to delete.
  2. Click the Trash icon in the toolbar or press Delete/Backspace on your keyboard.

note: Removing the background of a photo that is, making the background transparent is not available in Canva.

 

Add and remove backgrounds (Canva 1.0)


Add a solid color or illustration background

  1. Open the Background tab in the side panel.
  2. For a solid color background, choose a color from your color palette or the color picker.
  3. For an illustration background, scroll down to see available options below color palettes.
  4. Click on your chosen background to apply it to the document page.

Add an image background

  1. Click the Elements tab in the side panel.
  2. Click Grids and choose the grid option with no partitions.
  3. Add your own photo by choosing from the Free photos folder or upload your own.
  4. Drag the image into the grid.

note: If there are existing elements in your design, you can move your intended background to the back by layering.

Remove background

  1. Click the background you want to remove.
  2. Click the Trash button in the toolbar.
  3. Select Delete element.

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