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Only the highest quality free stock photos

Enhance any design project with the perfect image. Browse and find your match from Canva Photos—a diverse library of millions of free and premium stock photos and assets you can use all the time.

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Millions of stunning options

Bring your projects to new heights with just the right image from Canva Photos. Search by theme or category and discover endless options that will ignite your creativity. Grab free stock images or unlock access to premium ones with your Canva Pro account.

Edit and enhance images with ease

Going for a specific look and feel? Achieve your aesthetic on Canva’s free online photo editor, no editing skills or heavy software installation required. Adjust the exposure, use filters to alter the mood, crop and combine photos for montages. The possibilities are endless.

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Create and share photos & designs on the go

Work wherever inspiration strikes. Stay on top of your social media content plan or creative projects on the move. Get the Canva app on your desktop, iOS, and Android devices and share your design wherever, whenever.

How to find the perfect stock photo

  1. Log on to Canva
    Right from the Canva editor dashboard, look for the Photos tab on the left sidebar and type a keyword into the search bar. Or, go to Canva Photos and enter a keyword on the search bar.
  2. Browse and discover the right image
    Looking for inspiration? Click on any of our sample categories and themes. No specific theme in mind? Dip into our trending stock photo selection and see if any image resonates with you.
  3. Select the perfect stock photo
    On the Canva editor, click on the photo preview to automatically add it to your design. If you’re on the Canva Photos site, select your chosen image, and then click Use in a design. A dropdown menu will appear asking you to click the type of design you want to make. This will automatically create a blank template with your selected stock photo. You can then start creating on Canva.
  4. Go premium
    Need a non-watermarked photo for your project? Subscribe to Canva Pro or Canva For Teams to get unlimited access to any of our premium stock photos. Using just one stock photography? Support the creator by buying the licensed photo for $1.
  5. Refine your photo and download with ease
    Get creative on your stock photo using our free online photo editor. Adjust the exposure and saturation, add a filter to create a certain mood, crop and tilt, or use effects to achieve the perfect look. Now, you’re ready to download your photo in your preferred file format. Or, directly share your edited photos and designs to your socials.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Stock photos, also called photography stock or stock photographs, are available and existing photos that you can use in projects for free or with a minimal licensing fee. You can access a wide range of stock images from Pexels and Pixabay directly in Canva.

It depends on the content license. Some photographers put their stock photos up for free use and will only ask to be credited. Some will require a license fee that allows you to use the image for one design. This means you need to pay anew should you choose to use the same stock photo in another design. However, if you are a Canva Pro or Canva for Enterprise user, then a new license is instantly issued to you every time you choose to use Pro or premium content in a new design.

You don’t have to, legally speaking, but it’s a great thing to do to support content creators—especially those who are putting their stock photos up for free to gain exposure.
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