How to Crop in Canva

It’s super easy to crop in Canva. You can open the Cropping feature by double-clicking on the image you want to crop. You also can click the Crop button in the top bar menu. Once you activate the Crop feature, you can freestyle crop an image, move it inside the frame, or change the size of the crop.

Hi! My name is Yana and I’m an active Canva user for the past six years. I create graphic content for blogs and social media and I frequently need to crop images in my design. Therefore I know very well how Canva can assist you during this process.

In this guide, I will show you how to crop images or graphic elements in Canva with just a few clicks. I also will show how you crop an image into a shape and answer some related questions you might have about cropping in Canva.

Let’s start!

Key Takeaways

  • You can start freestyle cropping any image, video, or graphic element in Canva simply by double-clicking on the chosen element to enter the Crop feature.
  • Use the Frame feature in Canva to crop an image or illustration inside a specific shape.
  • Cropping elements can help you to create a balance composition or make some elements in your design pop up.

How to Crop an Image in Canva

Use this method when you need to zoom in an image or make an accent on some areas of the picture. The ratio of the image won’t change, but its appearance in your design will.

Step 1. Start by opening an existing design file or creating a new one. Once a design file opens, upload the image you want to crop or choose one from the Canva photo library. 

Step 2. When your image is placed in a design, you need to click on it, to see the menu bar at the top right corner. Find the Crop button and click on it.

Step 3. Now you will see the crop field and your image inside it. Drag any of the corners of the image to resize and crop it. Click on the Done button, once you are happy with the results. In the same way, you can also crop videos in Canva.

Note: you also can open the Crop feature just by double-clicking on the image you want to edit.

How to Crop an Image into Shape in Canva

When you need to crop an image in a specific shape, the process is slightly different. We will start by choosing a frame shape first and inserting an image inside it.

Step 1. On the left side of the Canva dashboard, find and click the Elements button. In the opened window, you will see the available Frame options. There are plenty of them, starting with simple circles to irregular shapes and mobile devices. 

Step 2. After you add a frame to your design, go to the Canva photo library or Uploads and drag an image from a side menu panel to the selected frame.

Step 3. Now your image or video is cropped inside a chosen frame. At this point, you can adjust its position or dimensions.

How to Crop an Element in Canva

You also can crop any of the graphic elements, such as illustrations or stickers that are available in Canva. Proceed with the same steps we discussed for cropping an image in Canva. 

Double-click on the graphic element to be able to crop it or select the element and find a Crop button in the top bar menu to start a crop feature. Click Done, once you are happy with the achieved results.


Find below the answers to some of the common questions about cropping in Canva.

Can You Crop Irregular Shapes in Canva?

To crop an image into an irregular shape, open the Canva frames library and find the frame you want to use. After adding a frame to your design, drag the chosen image inside, to resize it into an irregular shape.

Can You Freestyle Crop in Canva?

Yes, Canva allows you to crop an image into any shape you like. To achieve the desired composition, you can freestyle change the crop’s size and position within the image.

Final Thoughts

Canva allows you to freely crop an image or element and move in inside the crop, to create the best design. You also can crop an image or video into any shape, which you can find in the free Frame library. 

Do you often crop images in your design? Do you crop it freestyle or insert them into different shapes? Share your experience in the comments below.

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