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Working with photos (iPhone)

Using the right photos can enhance your designs. With the iPhone app, we make it easier for you to use layouts with beautiful images.

You can choose to edit these images by using filters, cropping or by simply replacing them.

To start editing your selected Canva layout, tap on the image to bring up the menu. The image menu has three tabs for editing: Photos, Colors, and Filters. By default, Photos is selected.

Using your own photos


You can change the default image of the layout you’ve selected with your own photos. You can either upload a photo from your iPhone Camera Roll or by taking a new one using the camera.

To use your own photo from the Camera Roll:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Tap on the image in the design. This will bring up the photo editor menu.
  3. Scroll through your Camera Roll and select a photo you’d like to use.
  4. Alternatively, you can tap on the tab at the bottom of the screen to select a particular photo folder from your device.
  5. Tap on your selected photo to replace the existing image in your design.

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To use a photo you’ll take using your iPhone’s camera:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Tap on the image in the design. This will bring up the photo editor menu.
  3. Tap on Camera to activate your iPhone camera.
  4. Allow the app to access your Camera by clicking OK.
  5. Tap on the white button surrounded by a gradient circle to take a photo. This will automatically replace the existing image on your design.

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Feel free to take another photo by doing the steps again from Step 2.

note: Live photos can also be used in designs where there is a single cell grid with a non-filtered image.

Using Canva images


You can also choose to use an image in Canva’s image library. To do this:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Tap on the image in the design. This will bring up the photo editor menu.
  3. Open the Images tab and browse from Canva’s available selection.
  4. Alternatively, you can enter a keyword in the search bar above the photos to find a specific image. Tap Search to pull up results.
  5. Tap on your chosen photo to replace the existing image on your design.

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Using Colors


You can apply a solid color background to turn the entire photo backdrop of your design into a solid color field. To do this:

  1. Tap on the photo background.
  2. Tap on the Colors tab to open the color menu.
  3. Choose from recently used colors in the layout, default colors or a custom color from the color picker by tapping on the + button under Used.

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Using Filters


You can apply, change or remove a filter from the image you are working with. To reveal the controls that let you work with filters, tap on the image you wish to work with and then tap on the Filters tab.

  • To apply a filter to the image, swipe through the filter options displayed below the image and tap on the one you’d like to use.
  • To change a filter, swipe through the filter options displayed below the image and tap on the one you wish to replace the current one with.
  • To remove all filters from the image, tap on the No Filter option also displayed below the page.

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To change the intensity of the filter applied to an image, tap twice on the selected filter to reveal the Intensity slider. Sliding it to the right will intensify the filter while sliding it to the left will reduce it.

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Using Advanced Filters


At the very bottom of the filter options, you’ll see the option to work with Advanced Filters.

Tap on the Advanced button to customize the image by working with the following options:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Colorize
  • Blur
  • Vignette

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To change any of the options, use the option’s slider. Pushing the slider to the right will intensify the effect of the option on the image while pushing it to the left will reduce it.

Cropping your Image


You can easily crop your image on the Canva iPhone app using your fingers.

To do so:

  1. Tap on the photo you’d like to crop.
  2. Drag the image around the viewport using your finger to change the section the image displayed.
  3. To zoom in on an image, spread your fingers on the image. To zoom out, pinch the screen.

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