Welcome to our blog post, inspired by the insightful YouTube video tutorial, “Step-by-Step Guide to Erasing Backgrounds in Canva”. In this post, we’ll delve into the process of background removal on Canva, showcasing how it’s remarkably straightforward to navigate. The video provides a comprehensive guide to first-time users and seasoned designers alike, offering a quick and easy-to-follow manual to editing images on this popular design platform.

We’ll discuss key tools introduced in the video tutorial, including the Canva Pro background remover tool, the brush tools for erasing and restoring portions of your photo, along with the in-built undo options. We’ll analyze the method to weigh against Photoshop’s functionality, as highlighted by the video’s presenter. By the end of your reading, you’ll understand the straightforward steps to manipulate images in Canva and make the most out of its advanced editing features.

So how does the tutorial unfold? It starts with the basics: importing an image onto a blank canvas, selecting a photo with a complex background, and exploring the edit image panel.

Key Topics Discussed in this Blog:

1. Utilizing the Background Remover Tool
2. Adjusting the Brush Size for Restoration and Erasure
3. Manual Editing: Restoring and Erasing Parts of a Photo
4. Applying Changes and Restoring Originals
5. Managing Difficult Images and Thumbnails

We’ll explain how to operate these tools in detail within different contexts, including steps to tackle more challenging pictures with darker backgrounds or complex subject details. As a bonus, we will share how to improve brightness and contrast for an improved thumbnail image after background removal.

Whether you’re a novice exploring the world of digital design or an experienced picture editor craving superior functionality, Canva can be a suitable alternative to Photoshop. By closely following the video’s intuitive process, you’ll be able to remove backgrounds from your images effortlessly, bringing your design goals to reality. Keep an eye out for further blog posts for more Canva tutorial insights.

Removing a background in Canva can seem effortless, but it’s critical to remember that you need a Canva Pro account to use the background remover tool. First, select the image from your canvas on which you want to use the tool. The next step involves going to Edit Image and finding the tool under effects on the left-hand side. The tool provides an easy-to-use interface and precision in removing the subjects from a busy background. Upon selecting the tool, Canva loads the image and identifies the subjects, essentially cutting them out from the background.

The tool doesn’t stop at the automatic removal; it also offers features such as editing brushes which helps make necessary tweaks. You can use these features to either erase or restore parts of the photo in case Canva makes a mistake. The size of the brush is adjustable for precise drawing. Additionally, you can overlay the original image to see how much of the background has been masked out. If mistakes are made during the process, you can quickly undo them using the command/control Z functionality or use the undo option on the toolbar. Once satisfied with the changes, all you need to do is click ‘done’ and ‘apply’ for the changes to take effect.

Note: Once changes are applied, the initial image’s background will be entirely erased. To restore it, you need to click on ‘restore original’ or use the undo function.

Despite its simplicity, the background remover tool is not limited to easy tasks. It performs impressively even on more difficult images with dark backgrounds, providing high-quality cut-outs for thumbnails or other design needs. The contrast and brightness adjustments add the final touches to your design. Overall, the Canva background remover tool ensures quick, efficient, and high-quality background removal, all the while maintaining the integrity of your original image.


What is the requirement to use the background remover in Canva?

To use the background remover tool, you need to have Canva Pro. This feature is not available in the free version of Canva. However, you can try the Pro version for free with the link provided in the video description or in the top comment under the video.

How do you remove a background in Canva?

To remove a background in Canva, start with a blank canvas and upload a photo. Once your photo is on the canvas, select it and go to ‘Edit Image’. On the left-hand side, under effects, you will find the background remover. Click on it, and Canva will begin processing the image and remove the background.

What happens if Canva makes mistakes while removing the background?

Canva provides tools for erasing or restoring parts of the photo. If Canva makes a mistake while removing the background, you can select the brushes available and restore parts of the photo or erase unwanted parts. Adjust the brush size as per your need and use the tool to restore or erase. If you make a mistake, you can use command or control Z to undo, or use the undo options in the top toolbar.

How to finalize the background removal?

Once you are satisfied with the editing, click ‘Done’ to finish using the brushes, then click ‘Apply’. Remember that once you click apply, it will permanently erase the background from the image, and you won’t be able to restore it unless you click ‘Restore Original’ or if you use the undo option.

How does Canva handle the removal of a dark background?

Despite the complexity of a dark or intricate background, Canva’s background remover tool performs equally well. The tool is designed to intelligently identify the subject in the image and successfully removes the backgrounds, even in cases where the background is quite busy or dark. After background removal, you can always adjust the brightness and contrast for the desired output.

The Way Forward

In this blog post, we have covered everything that you’ll need to know about removing backgrounds in Canva. We have walked you through the process step-by-step, highlighting the ease with which you can navigate the background remover tool. Please note that this tool is only available to Canva Pro users.

We gave a breakdown on how to use the removal tool and demonstrated its effectiveness even with photos that have complex and busy backgrounds. We also discussed the functionality of the brush tool, which allows you to erase or restore particular parts of your image to achieve the perfect look.

Moreover, we showed you how you can adjust brush size for optimal precision and even how you can check an original image beneath the edited version. Keep in mind, once you’ve applied your background removal, the original image can only be restored if you click on ‘Restore Original’ or by using the ‘command’ and ‘control z’ function to undo the last step.

We have also discussed a handy tip for brightening and adjusting the contrast of your image post background removal, which is particularly useful for creating standout thumbnails.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. Remember, practice makes perfect. Feel free to experiment with different images and play around with the tools. Check out the YouTube video for a more visual understanding of the process. Happy designing!