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Resize and crop your photo

You can easily edit a photo to better fit your design by resizing or cropping your photo. There is a slightly different approach to cropping and resizing and photos that are inside of grids vs those out of grids.

For greater control over the size and location of your photo within your design, we recommend applying a photo to a grid before editing it.

note: All stock photos in Canva are of high resolution so you’ll be able to resize as big or as small as you need in any design type.

Resizing and cropping photos not in grids


Sometimes you need a photo to look a certain way that can only be achieved through a certain type of cropping. Luckily there are two ways to resize and crop images that are not in grids:

Proportional – Resizing proportionally keeps the photo’s normal look no matter how you resize.

  1. To resize proportionally, hold down on a corner of the photo and drag to resize accordingly.
  2. To crop, click Crop at the top of the editor toolbar or double click on the photo. Hold and drag the white cropping marks to fit the size you need.
  3. Hit enter or click the check (✔️) mark on the editor toolbar to complete the action.

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Freehand – Resizing freehand lets you stretch the photo any way you want. This may however distort the image.

  1. To resize freehand, hold down shift on your keyboard while dragging the photo’s corner accordingly.
  2. To crop, simply repeat steps 2 and 3 above.

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Resizing and cropping photos in grids


Grids help keep a standard size to an image with set dimensions.

To crop and resize an image inside of a grid:

  1. Resize the grid to the size you’d like by holding down and dragging its corner.
  2. Double click on the image inside of the grid.
  3. Hold and drag any of the photo’s corners to resize the image within the grid.
  4. Drag the photo around to set a placement.
  5. Hit enter or click the check (✔️) mark on the editor toolbar to complete the action.

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tip: You can squeeze an image to fit inside of a grid by holding down shift as you resize your image.

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