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How to Quickly and Easily Remove Backgrounds from Images

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

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You just took the perfect photo, but there's a distracting background that you want to remove.

Without expert knowledge, It can be time-consuming and difficult to remove unwanted objects and backgrounds from images using photo scissors that you can find in standard photo editing software like photoshop.

I have got a very easy quick fix for you!

Canva is easy to use and is very efficient at removing the background of an image, quickly and easily. This tutorial step-by-step will show you how to remove the background from an image using Canva, follow along and find out how easy it is.

Learn how to remove backgrounds quickly and easily

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Reasons to remove the background from an image

There are many reasons you may want to remove the background from an image. Maybe you want to create a promotional poster or advert with a photo of one of your products, but the background is busy and distracting. Or it could be that you need an image with a transparent background for your website or design.

Using professional graphic design tools like Photoshop to remove the background from an image can be a tedious task, you need to learn how to use the software, trace around the image with photo scissors and mess around with perfecting your cut-out.

How do I remove the background of my image? Learn with this tutorial by NX Digital

Luckily, Canva can do all of this for you. It’s a user-friendly graphic design tool that anyone can use, even if you don’t have any prior design experience.

There are two ways to remove backgrounds using Canva and I am going to show you both.

Let's get started learning how to remove the background of an image.

How to remove a background from an image in Canva

The first method is to use Canva's inbuilt background remover tool. This is a great option if you want to remove the background from a photo with one or two subjects, like people or products.

The background remover tool is a Canva Pro feature. We have partnered up with Canva to give you a 30-day free trial of the Canva Pro features. If you would like to give it a go you can click this link and sign up to get your free trial.

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The background remover tool is really easy to use. In this example, I have started with a staged photo of a reed diffuser. I love the photo I have taken and it's going to be used in several places on my website and in adverts and social media posts. But, I also want to use the image as a product photo with a white background in my Wix store. It will look great!

Here are the before and after images. Both are really good and I'll be happy to use them.

Examples of images with the background removed using the Canva background removal tool

I did this in just a few clicks with Canva, and you can too. It has eliminated the need to restage the product and do a second photo shoot.

Here's how I did it.

  1. Upload the photo to the Canva workspace.

  2. Select the image and click on 'Edit Image' in the toolbar along the top.

  3. Select 'BG Remover' and let Canva work its magic!

That was really easy! Canva did all of the hard work for me. The image has gone from a staged photo to the perfect close-up to use as a store product photo, without the distracting background.

I also want to use the same image as an abstract decoration on a page of my website. To do this I'm going to need to save the image with a transparent background.

How to save your image with a transparent background

Here's another really cool feature of Canva. In just a few clicks I can save the image with a transparent background to use on my website.

Watch how I did it.

Professionally edited images, with a transparent background in just a few clicks and less than 30 seconds!

  1. Click the share button in the top right-hand corner and then click on download.

  2. To save an image with a transparent background the file type has to be PNG. If that's not already selected then you can choose it from the drop-down list.

  3. Tick the box to save it with a transparent background.

  4. Head to Wix, upload your image and use it wherever you want to on your site.

What is a PNG?

A PNG file is a higher quality file than a JPEG. It also has the ability to have a transparent background which is why it's perfect for use on websites and designs. But you should only ever use a PNG on your Wix site when it is absolutely necessary to have a transparent background.

PNG file sizes can be very large, and they can slow down your Wix site if you use a lot of them. Try to stick to JPG files for the fastest page loading.

PNGs can be edited without losing quality and can be enlarged without losing any detail. They are best used when you want to keep the original detail of your photo, like when you are using photos of people or products on your website.

How do I save photos with transparent backgrounds? Learn how in this Canva Tutorial by NX Digital

In the past, I have used online tools to remove the background from photos but I was never really happy with the results. Canva has made it so easy and the results are great!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to remove the background of an image in Canva. If you found it helpful please share it with your friends. And, if you haven't already, be sure to sign up for your free trial of Canva Pro.

Do you have any questions or tips on image background removal? Please share them in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

Do you need some inspiration when it comes to your product images? Read this article with a step-by-step guide to creating stunning product images.

NX Digital is a Wix web design and SEO company that can help you create a beautiful and effective website. We know how to use Wix to its full potential and can help you get the most out of your site. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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