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How to Circle Crop a Photo in Canva

In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll show you how to easily crop a photo into a circle using Canva. But that's not all - we'll also demonstrate how you can crop videos and get creative with your photos by cropping them into unique shapes.

Uploading the Photo

  1. Navigate to canva.com and click on the "Upload" button at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose the photo you want to crop by either clicking the "Choose files" button or dragging and dropping the file into the gray upload area.
  3. Once you select the photo, Canva will open a pop-up window. Click on "Use in a new design".
  4. Canva will present you with different document options, but for this tutorial, we'll choose a custom size design that is square-shaped. Enter the dimensions as 1080 by 1080 pixels and click "Create new design".
  5. Your photo will now open in the Canva editor, and you're ready to start cropping it into a circle.

Cropping the Photo into a Circle

  1. On the left-hand side of the screen, open the elements menu.
  2. Scroll down until you find the "Frames" section.
  3. Select the circular frame from the options available.
  4. Bring the frame into your design by clicking on it.
  5. Click on your photo to select it.
  6. Drag the photo and place it inside the frame.
  7. Your photo is now cropped into a circle.

Replacing and Repositioning the Photo

  1. If you want to replace the photo inside the frame, you have a few options.
    • Select the frame and then hit the delete key to remove the photo. You can then insert a new photo into the frame.
    • Alternatively, select the frame and click on the trash icon in the menu that appears at the top. Then, choose "Delete image" to empty the frame and insert a new photo.
    • Finally, you can simply drag another photo onto the frame to replace the current one.
  2. To reposition your photo within the circle, double-click on the frame to gain access to the photo. Adjust the position and size of the image as desired.
  3. Once you're satisfied with the changes, click "Done".

Cropping Videos and Using Different Frames

  1. Canva's frames can not only crop photos but also videos.
  2. In the elements menu, find the "Videos" section.
  3. Drag a video onto the circular frame to crop it into shape.
  4. Canva offers a wide range of frames in various shapes, including phones, laptops, and other devices.
  5. To find specific frames quickly, use the search bar and type in the device name (e.g., "phone" or "laptop").
  6. You can also search for frames in unique shapes, such as flowers, ripped paper, or folded textures.

Adding Backgrounds and Creating Unique Designs

  1. Canva provides numerous backgrounds and patterns to enhance your designs.
  2. Use the search bar in the elements menu to find patterns or backgrounds of your choice.
  3. Replace the background by right-clicking on the image and selecting "Replace background".
  4. With Canva's extensive collection of frames, backgrounds, and patterns, you can create visually appealing and unique designs.

With the help of Canva's intuitive interface and diverse options, you can easily crop photos into various shapes and sizes, unleash your creativity, and bring your designs to life.

Note: It is recommended to watch the accompanying video tutorial for a more comprehensive understanding of the process.

Stay tuned for the next parts of the article where we'll explore more creative cropping techniques and dive deeper into Canva's features and capabilities.

Note: This article has been expanded to provide additional information and context.

How to Enhance Your Designs with Frames in Canva

Canva is a versatile design tool that offers a wide range of features to bring your creative ideas to life. One such feature is the ability to add frames to your designs, which can add depth, texture, and a touch of playfulness to your visuals. In this article, we will show you how to find and use frames in Canva, as well as provide some tips and tricks to enhance your designs further.

Finding the Perfect Frame

When it comes to frames, Canva has a diverse collection that can cater to various design styles. To access these frames, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the "Frames" section in Canva.
  2. Type in your keyword, such as "crayon," to find frames that match your desired theme.
  3. Browse through the collection of frames. You will find that Canva offers a unique selection with a playful style that can make your designs stand out.

With these frames, you can not only crop your photos in creative shapes but also add a touch of color and texture. It's an excellent way to give your designs a cohesive look and make them visually appealing.

Creating a Cohesive Design with Elements

While adding frames is one way to enhance your visuals, Canva also offers a recommendation feature called "Magic Recommendations." To access this feature, follow these steps:

  1. After searching for frames, go back to the "Elements" section in Canva.
  2. Canva will automatically show you a collection of elements that work well with the frames you selected.
  3. Click on "See all" to explore the range of elements that complement your chosen frames.
  4. Bring these elements into your design and experiment with different combinations to achieve a cohesive look.

By using frames and elements together, you can create visually stunning and cohesive designs that leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Downloading Your Creations

Once you have designed a masterpiece using Canva's frames and elements, it's time to download your work. Canva offers two options for downloading your designs:

Option 1: Free Download

If you're using a free Canva account, you can download your design for free, albeit with a white background. To download your design, follow these steps:

  1. Click on "Share" at the top of the screen.
  2. Select the "Download" option.
  3. Choose either JPEG or PNG as the file type.
  4. Select the specific page or pages you want to download.
  5. Click "Done" and then click "Download."

Option 2: Canva Pro Download

If you have a Canva Pro account, you have the advantage of downloading your design with a transparent background, giving you more flexibility in how you can use it. Here's how to do it:

  1. Follow the same steps as Option 1, but select PNG as the file type.
  2. Select the "Transparent background" option (Note: This feature is available only for Canva Pro users).
  3. Choose the desired page(s) to download.
  4. Click "Done" and then click "Download."

Please note that at present, you cannot download videos with a transparent background. Therefore, it's recommended to add a fun color or an interesting pattern to the background before downloading the video.


By using frames, elements, and Canva's powerful design tools, you can take your creations to the next level. Play around with different shapes, colors, and textures to add that extra flair to your designs. Whether you're highlighting your favorite photo or crafting a stunning visual for your social media posts, Canva's frames are sure to elevate your designs and captivate your audience.

If you're interested in learning more design tricks like the ones explored in this article, check out our video guide for additional inspiration. And if you'd like to enjoy a 45-day free trial of Canva Pro, simply click here to get started. We hope you found this article informative and that it inspires you to create amazing designs using Canva.

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