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Working with photos (iPhone)

You can edit images in the Canva app using filters, changing the way they are cropped, or simply by replacing them.

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

Replacing an Image


You can change the default image of the layout you’ve selected. Tap on the image to bring up the editor menu which will open the Photos tab.  This will reveal the images stored in your device below your design. To use one, simply tap on it.

You can select a new image by:

  • Choosing from your iPhone library
  • Searching through Canva’s image library
  • Taking a photo

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To use an image in Canva’s image library, key in the word that best describes the image you are looking for into the search field directly below your design and hit Search. This will pull up dozens of images from Canva’s library for you to select from.

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To go back to your Camera Roll album or select photos from other albums, tap on Search at the bottom of the screen. This will reveal all saved albums on your device.

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You can also replace an image by taking a photo on your phone. To do so, tap on the Camera button directly below your design. You’ll be able to take a photo directly within the Canva app and automatically load it onto your design.

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

Using Colors


You can apply a solid color background to turn the entire backdrop of your design into a solid color field. Tap on the Colors tab to open the color menu. You can choose from recently used colors in the layout, default colors or select a custom color from the color picker by tapping on the + button.

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Using Filters


You can apply, change or remove a filter from the image you are working on. To reveal the controls that let you work with filters, tap on the image you wish to work with. They’ll appear directly below your layout.

  • 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 an alternative filter.
  • To remove all filters from the image, tap on the No Filter option displayed below the image.

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

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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 and pushing it to the left will reduce it.

Cropping your Image


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

To change the section of the image displayed, simply drag the image around the viewport using your finger.

To zoom in on an image, spread your fingers on the image. To zoom out, pinch the screen.

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