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Resize and crop your photo

When you need to edit a photo to fit your design better, you can easily use the crop and resize features. This can be done on standalone images, or images inside grids and frames.

Cropping removes parts of a photo, which can help change the framing or focus of the image. Resizing on the other hand, changes the aspect ratio of the image, making it bigger or smaller for your needs.

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 standalone photos


To resize photos:

  1. Click on the image on your design that you want to resize.
  2. This will bring up corner handles. Click and drag it to resize your photos.
note: By default, photos retain their proportions when resized. To resize freehand, hold down Shift on your keyboard. This may, however, cause the image to be distorted.

To crop photos:

  1. Click on the image you want to crop.
  2. A menu will appear on the top of the Editor. Click Crop. You can also double click on the image.
  3. White cropping marks will appear. Drag on these to change the focus of your image.
  4. Click on the check (✔️) mark on the menu to commit the change. Click the x mark if you change your mind.

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Resizing and cropping photos in grids


Grids and frames help keep images within a standard size, while frames can offer unique shapes to a photo.

To resize a grid or frame:

  1. Click on the grid or frame with the image that you want to resize.
  2. This will bring up the corner handles. Click and drag them to resize your grid or frame. The images in them will also be resized but still keep its shape based on the grid.

To crop and resize photos in a grid or frame:

  1. Double click on the image inside the grid or frame.
  2. Hold and drag any of the photo’s corners to resize the image within the grid.
  3. You can also drag the photo around to change it’s placement within the grid/frame.
  4. Hit Enter or click the check (✔️) mark on the editor toolbar to commit the changes.

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note: At the moment, cropping your photos to unique shapes is not possible. However, you can use frames with unique shapes to be able to achieve the same effect.

Like with standalone photos, proportions will be retained when you crop photo within the frame. Holding down the Shift key lets you resize it freely, but may result in image distortion.

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