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How to Add an Outline to a Photo on Canva

Do you want to give your photos a creative touch? Adding an outline to your photo can make it stand out and give it a unique look. In this tutorial, we will show you step by step how to add an outline to a photo using Canva so you can transform a simple photo into a stunning design.

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to Canva

To get started, go to the Canva website and select the type of document you want to create. In this example, we will use an Instagram post. After that, you need to upload your photo to Canva. Click on "Uploads" and then "Upload media" to select the photo you want to work with.

Step 2: Remove the Background (Optional)

If you want to use the background remover feature in Canva to remove the background from your photo, click on the photo and then select "Edit photo" from the toolbar. Click on "BG Remove" to remove the background from your photo. Note that this is a paid feature, but you can try it for free by signing up for a Canva Pro trial.

Step 3: Add an Outline to Your Photo

Once you have your photo in Canva, select it and click on "Edit photo". Under the "Effects" category, click on "Shadows" and then select "Outlined". You can adjust the size, intensity, and color of the outline to your liking.

Step 4: Download Your Edited Photo

After you have added the outline to your photo, you can download it by clicking on "Share" and then "Download". You can choose to download the photo with a transparent background or a colored background.

Step 5: Add the Background Back (Optional)

If you want to add the background back to your photo, repeat steps 1 and 2 to upload your original photo with the background. Position the photo with the outline on top of the photo with the background and adjust it to fit.

Additional Tips

  • Consider using photos without the background for more flexibility in your designs.
  • Canva Pro offers many more features than the free version, including the background remover tool, transparent backgrounds, and more.
  • Explore Canva's other features, such as adding text, shapes, and filters to your designs.

By following these simple steps, you can easily add an outline to your photo using Canva and create stunning designs for any project.

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