Mastering Erase Backgrounds in Canva

Are you new to the world of photo editing and keen to learn how to remove backgrounds effortlessly?

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of using Canva’s Background Remover tool, providing step-by-step instructions and tips for both desktop and mobile users.

How to Erase Backgrounds in Canva

  1. Upload your image to Canva or choose one from the library.
  2. Click on the image and select the Effects tab on the toolbar.
  3. Choose the Background Remover option and wait for Canva to process your image.
  4. Use the eraser tool to fine-tune the edges of your image or restore any parts that were removed by mistake.
  5. Adjust the size, position, and rotation of your image as you like.
  6. Add other elements, text, or filters to your design if you want.
  7. Download your image as a PNG file to preserve the transparency or share it online.

Understanding the Need for Background Removal

Before we dive into the process, let’s explore why removing backgrounds is essential. Visual communication is powerful, and studies show that images are processed 60,000 times faster than text.

By removing a distracting background, your images can tell a clear and impactful visual story, making information absorption quicker.

When to Use a Background Remover:

  • To create a focal point in your image.
  • To convey a specific message not present in the original background.
  • For professional purposes, like job applications or resumes.

How to Use Canva’s Background Remover Tool

On Desktop:

  1. Upload your image or choose one from Canva’s library.
  2. Click ‘Edit Image‘ on the top toolbar.
  3. Select ‘Background Remover‘ from the left panel.
  4. Click ‘Erase‘ to remove the background.
  5. Once satisfied, click ‘Apply‘ to save changes.

On Mobile:

  1. Tap on the image you want to edit.
  2. Below the editor, tap on ‘Effects.’
  3. Select ‘Background Remover.
  4. Wait for the background to be processed.

Working with Videos in Canva

Currently, background removal for videos is limited to those under 90 seconds. Follow these steps:

On Desktop:

  1. Click the video you want to edit.
  2. Click ‘Edit video‘ on the toolbar.
  3. Select ‘Background Remover.’

On Mobile:

  1. Tap the video.
  2. Below the editor, tap ‘Effects.’
  3. Choose ‘Background Remover.’

Fine-Tuning with Erase and Restore Brushes

Available only on and the desktop app, these brushes allow detailed editing:

  1. Click ‘Background Remover.
  2. Choose ‘Erase‘ or ‘Restore‘ brush.
  3. Adjust brush size using the slider.
  4. To see the original image, select ‘Show original image.’
  5. Click ‘Done‘ on the toolbar.
  6. Apply changes by clicking ‘Apply.’

Tips for Effective Background Removal

  • Canva Pro allows background removal for up to 500 images every 24 hours.
  • Background Remover works for images under 9MB in size.
  • Videos longer than 90 seconds need trimming before background removal.


Erasing backgrounds with Canva is now a breeze, thanks to the user-friendly Background Remover tool. Whether you’re aiming for a professional look or want to inject personality, Canva’s versatile features have you covered.


Can I use Background Remover on Canva’s mobile app?

Yes, the tool is available on both desktop and mobile versions of Canva.

How many images can I remove backgrounds from in a day with Canva Pro?

Canva Pro allows background removal for up to 500 images every 24 hours.

Are there restrictions on video length for background removal?

Yes, the original video length should be less than 90 seconds.

Can I fine-tune the background removal process?

Absolutely! Use the Erase and Restore brushes for detailed editing on and the desktop app.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to experiment with different images and backgrounds to unleash your creativity with Canva’s Background Remover tool!

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Last modified: January 16, 2024

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