How to Create a Photo Frame in Canva

how to add frame to photo in canva

To add a photo frame in Canva, add a frame element from the sidebar, then drag and drop a photo inside. Resize and reposition as needed. Change frame colors by clicking the color tiles. Crop images automatically to fit with Smart Crop. Frames allow creative image display and branding.

Framing images in Canva is an easy way to add creative flair to your designs. With just a few clicks, you can transform simple images into beautiful works of art enclosed within elegant frames.

This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Adding a Frame to Your Design

  1. Open the Elements menu. On desktop, click “Elements” on the left sidebar. On mobile, tap the “+” button at the bottom and select “Elements“.
  2. Search for frames. Use the search bar to type in “frame“. All available frame options will appear.
  3. Select a frame. Browse through the frame thumbnails and click/tap on the one you want to add to your design.

The frame will be placed on your design canvas, ready for you to add an image inside.

How to Create a Photo Frame in Canva

Inserting Images into Frames

  1. Click the frame to select it. A border will appear around the frame to indicate it is selected.
  2. Open the media menu. On desktop, click “Photos” or “Videos” on the left sidebar. On mobile, tap “Replace” on the bottom toolbar then select “Photos” or “Videos“.
  3. Choose an image. Browse or search for the image you want to use. You can select from Canva’s image library or use your own uploads.
  4. Drag the image onto the frame. Click and drag the image thumbnail onto the frame. Position it so the image is centered and fills the frame.
  5. Use Smart Crop for perfect framing. Canva’s Smart Crop feature will automatically crop and fit the image inside the frame. Just click “Smart Crop” after adding the image to have it instantly adjusted.

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Resizing and Repositioning Framed Images

  1. Double click the framed image to enter the editing mode. Sizing handles will appear around the image.
  2. Resize the image by dragging the corner handles in or out. Be careful not to distort the image proportions.
  3. Reposition the image by clicking and dragging it within the frame borders. Center it for optimal alignment.
  4. Click “Done” when finished to exit editing mode.

Changing Frame and Border Colors

  1. Select the frame by clicking on it.
  2. Open color options. On desktop, use the color tile on the toolbar. On mobile, tap the current color tile below the frame.
  3. Choose new colors. Select preset swatches or use the color picker to customize.
  4. Change border color individually. If the frame has multiple color zones, select each tile to change border/fill colors separately.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use high resolution images for best print quality results.
  • Add graphics or text inside the frame along with images.
  • Layer multiple frames over each other for a collage effect.
  • Use same-sized frames to create template sets and kits.
  • Match frame and border colors to your brand palette.
  • Mix frame shapes, styles and orientations for interest.
  • Give framed images as personalized gifts like calendars, cards, prints and more!


With Canva’s framing features, you can quickly transform images from simple to stunning.

Frames add artistic flair while giving your visual content a polished, professional look. Whether you’re creating graphics, prints, cards or other designs, frames make it easy to showcase images in an eye catching way.

Follow this guide to learn the ins and outs of working with Canva’s frames and start enhancing your images today!


How do I delete a frame from my design?

Click on the frame to select it, then press the “Delete” key on your keyboard. On mobile, tap and hold the frame, then tap “Delete“.

How do I add a frame to only part of an image?

Use the cropping tool to cut out the area you want, then add that cropped section into a frame.

Can I resize a frame after adding an image?

Yes! With the frame selected, use the corner handles to resize it and the contained image together.

What’s the maximum image size I can use in a Canva frame?

Frames can be resized up to 6000 x 4000 px so make sure your image resolution is large enough.

How do I change the spacing between the image and frame edges?

Adjust the image size and position it further from the frame borders to create more spacing.

Can I add frames to an existing image in Canva?

Yes, you can add frames to images already on your canvas by dragging and dropping the frame over the image.

Are Canva frames customizable?

Absolutely! You can resize, reposition, change colors, and add border colors to customize the frames as per your design needs.

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Last modified: December 18, 2023

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