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Add stock images

Add stock images to your designs from the Photos tab in the editor:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Click the Photos tab from the editor side panel.
  3. Use the search bar to look for specific images, or click the category buttons below the search bar to easily browse by category.
  4. Click on an image to add it to your design. Premium images are tagged with a $ or a . Access an extended library of premium images by subscribing to Canva Pro or Canva for Enterprise.

To see more from a contributor, hover over an image from the editor side panel. Click the ••• icon that appears, and click View more by contributor below the image title.

You can use images as backgrounds (more below), or add them to frames and grids.

You can also easily resize them, or apply filters and effects.

Images that you use will be grouped under Recently Used on the Photos tab.

You can upload your own media to use in your designs. To learn more about our policies in uploading media to Canva, refer to Section 4.2 of our Terms of Use.

Images as backgrounds


Right click on an image on your design, and select Set Image as Background. It will be resized and snapped to fit your design page. Double click on it to adjust.

This works for stock photos and uploaded images.

To remove it, right click and select Detach Image from Background. You can also right click on a different image, and select Replace Background.

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