Removing the background from images is one of the most frequently used photo editing features for enhancing photos. After all, humans are visual creatures and images sans a messy background help tell a good visual story, and information is absorbed faster.
In fact, studies by 3M revealed that images and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, somewhat confirming the old saying that a picture paints a thousand words. Because we remember and retain things more easily when they're visual, it’s clear that the selection of imagery when working on a project—from an invitation to a work presentation—is of the utmost importance.
Canva photos help to perfectly illustrate your vision, whether you’re looking for something soothing and laidback, such as Notebooks on White Background with Shadows or an image that brims with movement and energy, like Boys Doing Parkour.
And in this article, we show you how to use Canva's Background Removertool and help you tell great stories with your vision in mind.
Although images are an effective way of communicating information in a short space of time, the image and visuals you select have a direct impact on how this information is gathered. When using an image, it’s often useful to remember to have a focal point, which allows you to capture your reader’s attention by not giving them too much to focus on. By removing the busy background of a photo, your image will likely have more impact.
Secondly, you might want to use the background to communicate a certain message—one that’s not communicated in the original background of the selected image. Take a resume, for example. If you’re applying for a job within the corporate environment, it might not be appropriate to include that sunny snap of you and your dog to illustrate who’s really behind all those descriptions of roles and responsibilities. In this instance, it would be wise to opt for a transparent background to your photo, leaving the edges white and devoid of interference.
Conversely, if you’re applying for a job in design or the creative sphere, you might want a certain level of personality to peep through. In this instance, you could leave your dog in, or you might make yourself the main feature by removing the background of the image by using Magic Eraser or replacing it with an eye-catching sunshine yellow background. Your ability to tweak your own personal images for whatever project you’re working on is invaluable.
Need your image for something a little more serious, like a job application? Resume templates such as Peach and Yellow Playful HR IT Specialist Resume and Colorful Modern Geometric Construction Resume demonstrate exactly how harnessing the power of the background remover can boost the professionalism of an image or display your personality to reflect the job you’re applying for.
Thanks to the new addition to Canva Pro removing backgrounds just became as simple as a few clicks—eliminating the need for layers and other complex design wizardry.
You can remove the backgrounds of up to 500 images every 24 hours. Currently, Background Remover only works for images under 9MB in size. Any uploaded image with a resolution of more than 10MP will be downscaled to 10MP after removing its background.
You can remove backgrounds on your uploaded images from ‘Project’ folders, as well. However, you’ll be unable to use the Erase and Restore brushes from there. Learn more about it on Canva image editor.
At the moment, you can only remove backgrounds on videos with an original length that’s less than 90 seconds. If you trim a video in Canva, you’d need to download and re-upload it to use this feature. For mobile, you must also upload videos via the Uploads tab, not the Camera Roll or Gallery.
The Erase and Restore brushes are currently only available on canva.com and the desktop app.
Once you’ve navigated your way around theBackground Remover tool, you’re free to experiment with a range of eye-catching or complementary backgrounds, depending on your brand and approach. The ability to remove the background from an image goes beyond cropping your friend out of an image for your social stream; it’s about customizing yourimages and designs to the right audience for your project.