How to Resize an Image in Canva

The easiest way to resize an image in Canva is to start dragging it by one of the corners. If you want to keep the image in the same position while changing its size, press and hold the “Option” key for Mac or “Alt” for Windows. 

Hi there! My name is Yana, and I’ve been working with Canva for several years. Canva helps me to create content for websites, blogs, and social media. I frequently worked with images and added photos into designs, so I know how to resize an image in Canva fast and easily.

In this article, I will show you two different ways to resize images in Canva. I also will cover both Canva web and mobile versions and answer some of the common questions you might have.

Key Takeaways

  • There are two ways to resize an image or video in Canva. Do it manually, if you have a Canva Free account, or use a Resize tool if you are a Canva Pro user.
  • You also can resize an image in the Canva mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • By dragging one of the sides of the image, you will change the image ratio. Drag the picture by the corner if you want to keep the proportions.

Method 1: Resizing an Image in Canva Manually

This option is available for all Canva accounts. Add an image to your design and find the markers on its corners and sides. To change the size of an image, you just need to click and start dragging any of the corners of the picture.

Remember, if you will drag an image by a side, instead of a corner, you will change the image ratio. That’s why remember to drag it by the corner if you want to keep the proportions.

You also can maintain the image’s current position. For that, when changing the image’s dimensions, press and hold the Option key for Mac or Alt for Windows.

Method 2: Resizing an Image Using Resize Tool

This feature is only available for Canva Pro accounts and allows you to resize an image or design frame in just a couple of clicks. Select the image you want to resize and find a Resize tool in the top left corner menu. 

Use the input fields to adjust the width and height of the image. You can also use the drop-down menu to choose predefined sizes, such as content for Instagram stories, Facebook posts, or infographics.

When you choose the new dimensions of the image, click on Resize button.

How to Resize an Image in Canva Mobile

In the Canva app, you can use both of the methods we have discussed above. Change the dimensions of an image manually, by tapping and dragging one of its corners.

You also can use a Resize tool, if you have a Canva Pro account. Find the three dots icon in the menu on the top of the screen and tap on it. Find Resize button and choose it to see predefined options to resize your image or apply custom dimensions.


You may also be interested in the following questions about resing an image in Canva.

How Do I Resize an Image in a Frame in Canva?

You can resize an image or video inside a frame, by double-clicking on it and dragging any of the corners. Drag the picture or video around the frame area to change its position.

How Do I Crop an Image to a Specific Size in Canva?

To crop an image, click on it and select the Crop button from the menu at the top of the window. You also can change how much of the element is visible, by clicking on the image and dragging any corner of a crop field.

How Do I Manually Resize an Element in Canva?

You can select an image or video and drag any of the corners to resize an element manually. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, resizing an image or video in Canva is quite easy. Of course, Canva Pro users can do it just in a couple of clicks using a Resing tool, but even regular Canva users can resize the elements in their design with no difficulty.

How often do you resize elements in your design? Do you do it manually or using Resize tool? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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