3 Easy Ways To Replace Image In Canva (2024)

Ready to discover the different available options and simple steps to replace images in Canva? Let’s get started with this step-by-step guide.

how to replace image in canva

How To Replace Image In Canva?

If you wish to replace an existing image in a Canva frame, the best way is to drag a new image from the Uploads section and drop it over the one you wish to replace.

The new image will assume the position and dimensions of the old one.

You can also manually delete your image and add a new one. Want to replace an image across multiple designs? Canva has a function to do that nearly in a single click (for Canva Pro account only).

Meantime, there are various methods you can use to replace an image in Canva. Here are the different ways and details to do so:

Method 1: Canva Frame Template

If you are using a Canva template from the library, chances are the images provided have been cropped in a Canva image frame.

This is an easy way for you to replace images without having to disturb the old design and alignment of elements. This is available in the free account.

Here are the steps to follow this straightforward process:

Step 1: Access Canva Image Library

The first step is to go to the left sidebar, you’ll notice an option labeled Photos.

Click on it, and you’ll be presented with a myriad of stock photos to choose from.

photos tab in Canva menu

If you’re looking to replace the image with one of your own, select the Uploads option instead. This will show all the images you’ve uploaded to Canva.

select upload button and upload file to canva

Step 2: Select Your New Image

If you’re using a stock photo, simply browse through the available images or use the search bar to narrow down your choices for your new photo.

If you’re using one of your uploads, go to Uploads, Image tab, and scroll to find the desired image.

select images tab in uploads section in canva

Step 3: Drag and Drop

Once you’ve identified the new image, click and hold onto the image thumbnail.

While still holding down the mouse button (or touching the screen if you’re on a touch device), drag the image to your design canvas.

Hover over the image you wish to replace. You’ll notice the underlying image will be highlighted, indicating it’s ready to be replaced.

Release the mouse button or lift your finger to drop the new image into place. The new image will assume the dimensions and cropping of the original one.

drag and drop to replace image in canva template frame

Step 4: Adjust the New Image (Optional)

Depending on your new design, you might need to make some adjustments.

To adjust the image to your preferred size, click and drag the handles located at the image’s corners.

If you wish to move the image within its frame, click on the image and adjust its position. You can also double-click to access more cropping options.

Use the Filters and Adjust options atop the editor for additional edits like brightness, contrast, and color balance.

Method 2: Replace Image Manually

If your design doesn’t use any Canva frames or grids to contain the images, you will have to use this second option to replace them manually. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Delete The Image

Click on the image you want to replace in your design. This will highlight the image and bring up a border around it, indicating it’s selected.

With the image selected, press the Delete key on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can right-click on the image and select Delete from the dropdown menu.

delete to replace image in canva

The image will now be removed from your design, leaving an empty space.

Step 2: Access Canva Image Library or Your Uploads

On the left sidebar of the editor, click on Photos to access Canva’s extensive library of stock images.

If you intend to use your own image, click on Uploads. If the image isn’t already uploaded, drag your desired image from your computer into this section or click the Upload Files button to browse your files.

Step 3: Add the New Image

For stock images: Browse through Canva’s library and click on your chosen image. It will be added to your design canvas.

For personal images: Click on your uploaded image, and it will appear on your design.

Step 4: Position and Resize the New Image

Once the new image is on your canvas, click and drag it to the desired position where you deleted the original image.

To adjust its size, double-click on the image and drag the circle handles at the image’s corners.

To crop or adjust the visible portion of the image, double-click on it, and modify it as needed.

Method 3: Replace Image Across Designs (Canva Pro)

Sometimes you create multiple designs of different sizes, media, or various purposes, and one fine day you have to change one image to another image for more than one existing design.

You may wish to update a photo of yourself or refresh a brand-new logo across all designs that were created before.

The best thing about Canva is, that instead of manually replacing the image multiple times, you can do so for multiple designs in one go.

But you can only do this in your preferred web browser or Canva app on a desktop, not the mobile app. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Adjust the Aspect Ratio

Before replacing your old image with a new one, you will have to adjust or crop your new image such that it has the same aspect ratio as the old image.

For example, if the size of your old image is 1600 px in width by 900 px in height, this means the aspect ratio is 16:9. You will have to edit your new image such that it has a 16:9 aspect ratio, regardless of its exact size.

If your image has a custom size and doesn’t have the same aspect ratio, Canva will not replace your old image with the new one.

And you will see an error message that says “That image doesn’t have the same aspect ratio as the image you’re replacing. Try again with a different file.”

can't replace image as image doesn't have the same aspect ratio in canva

Wondering what is the height you need to maintain a certain aspect ratio of your image? You can use our free calculators for the following aspect ratios:

  1. 4:3
  2. 16:9
  3. 2:3

Step 2: Locate the Image to Be Replaced

Make sure you go to your Canva account main dashboard go to the All Projects page and select the Images tab.

select projects from Canva main dashboard

Do not access the Projects panel from your Canva design canvas. You will not be able to replace your image from there.

Step 3: Start the Replace Process

Hover your cursor over the image thumbnail you want to change and click on the three dots icon on the top right corner of the image thumbnail.

click the three dots on the top right corner of the parakeet photo in canva

Select Replace Across Designs in the drop-down menu.

replace across designs option in canva

Select the designs where the old images were placed by checking the designs in the pop-up panel. Click the Continue button.

select image to be replaced in canva

Step 4: Replace New Image

Drag and drop your new image file into the dotted-lined box in the next panel to upload it.

Once it’s uploaded, click on it once to select it. You can also select a replacement image from those that Canva suggested.

Then press the Preview button to see what the new look is like.

select replacement image across multiple designs in canva to preview

On the top right-hand corner, click on the arrow pointing to the right to go to the next page and preview your new image in other designs.

If all looks great, select the Replace In Design button to confirm your actions.

preview then select replace design button in canva

Once the image is replaced, a pop-up will appear. Click on the arrow pointing down to see all pages with the image replaced. Select Open to view any of your updated designs with the replaced image.

open new design with replaced image in canva


Is There A Replace Function In Canva?

Yes — There is a Replace function for text in Canva. The fastest way to use the Text Replace function is to use a keyboard shortcut by pressing Command + F on a Mac. Or Ctrl + F on Windows.

The other way is to select File from the menu in the top left corner of Canva. Scroll down and select Find and Replace Text.

A pop-up box will appear. Type in the text you’d like to replace in the box under Find and type in the text you’d like to replace within the box under Replace With.

Then click the Replace All button to replace all with the same text with the new one. If you only wish to replace one of them, click on the Replace button.

How Do I Edit An Existing Image In Canva?

Editing an existing image in Canva is straightforward, and the platform offers a wide range of tools to help you tweak and enhance your visuals. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you edit an existing image within your Canva design:

  1. Select the Image:
    • Within the design, click on the image you wish to edit. A border will appear around the selected image, indicating it’s ready for modification.
  2. Adjust Image Settings:
    • With the image selected, a toolbar will appear at the top of the Canva editor. This toolbar provides various options for editing:
    • Filter: Apply predefined filters to change the image’s overall look, similar to Instagram filters.
    • Adjust: Here, you can manually tweak the image’s brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, and blur.
    • Crop: Resize or cut out a portion of the image. After selecting this option, drag the corners or sides of the image to crop it, and then hit the “Done” button.
    • Flip: This allows you to mirror the image either horizontally or vertically.
  3. Apply Effects:
    • Next to the “Adjust” option in the toolbar, there’s an “Effects” button. Clicking on it reveals a range of special effects you can apply to the image, such as duotone, pixelate, or color mix.
  4. Position and Layering:
    • If your design contains multiple elements, you can adjust the image’s position relative to other items. Use the “Position” option in the toolbar to move the image forwards or backwards in the layer stack.

How Do I Add An Image To Another Image In Canva?

Adding an image to another image in Canva, often referred to as layering, is a straightforward process. This feature is useful for creating collages, adding watermarks, or superimposing images. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you achieve this:

  1. Insert the Base Image:
    • Click on the “Photos” tab on the left sidebar.
    • Search for an image or browse the available options.
    • Click on your chosen image or drag it onto the canvas.
  2. Add the Second Image:
    • Now, to add another image on top of the base image, click on the “Uploads” tab on the left sidebar (if using your own image).
    • Click on “Upload media” and choose the image from your device. Once uploaded, the image will appear in the “Uploads” section.
    • If using an image from Canva’s library, simply go back to the “Photos” tab.
    • Drag the second image onto the canvas or click on it to add it to your design.
  3. Position and Resize:
    • Once both images are on the canvas, click on the second image to select it.
    • Drag the corners to resize it as desired.
    • Move the image by clicking and dragging it to the desired position over the base image.
  4. Adjust Layering (if necessary):
    • If the second image is behind the first and not visible, adjust its layering.
    • With the second image selected, click on the “Position” option in the toolbar at the top.
    • Choose “Forward” to bring the image one layer up or “To the front” to bring it to the very top.
  5. Final Touches:
    • Changing the transparency of the second image (to make it more like a watermark or to blend it). This can be done using the transparency slider (represented by a checkerboard icon) in the top toolbar.
    • Applying filters, effects, or cropping either of the images as needed.

Can You Merge Two Images On Canva?

Yes — You can merge two images on Canva. Merging two images on Canva, is often termed as creating a photo blend or overlay.

The process isn’t about merging in the literal sense (like stitching photos side by side) but involves layering one image over another and adjusting their transparency or using effects to create a merged look.

Here’s how to achieve this effect:

  1. Insert the First Image:
    • Click on the “Photos” tab on the left sidebar to select from Canva’s library or go to the “Uploads” tab if you have your own image.
    • Drag your chosen image onto the canvas or click it to add.
  2. Insert the Second Image:
    • Similarly, add the second image to your canvas, either from Canva’s library or your uploads.
  3. Layer the Images:
    • Position one image over the other by clicking and dragging. Resize as necessary by pulling on the image’s corners.
  4. Adjust Transparency for Merging Effect:
    • With the top image selected, find the transparency slider in the top toolbar (represented by a checkerboard icon).
    • Slide it left to decrease opacity, allowing the image beneath to show through. Adjust until you achieve the desired merge effect.
  5. Apply Effects (Optional):
    • For a more seamless merge, use the “Effects” option in the top toolbar to apply filters or effects like “Duotone” or “Pixelate” to one or both images.
    • Play with different effects to see which gives you the best blending result.
  6. Fine-Tune Position and Size:
    • Resize or reposition the images until you’re satisfied with the blend. You might want one image to dominate or have both images equally prominent.

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