Are you struggling to remove the background of an image in Canva? Whether you’re creating a social media post, flyer, logo, or anything else, a transparent background is essential to make your design look professional and seamless. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of making a background transparent in Canva.

Why would someone use a transparent background in a Canva project?

A transparent background allows your design to seamlessly blend into any project. You can overlay a logo or any other element without it appearing as though there’s a box around it.

Does the free version of Canva have the transparent background feature?

Unfortunately, it does not. In order to keep your entire workflow within Canva, you’ll need to upgrade to Canva Pro. There are ways to do it for free outside of Canva, but those options make editing a little less convenient and slow down the creative process.

How to make the background transparent in Canva

Step 1: Open your Canva project and select the image from which you want to remove the background.

Make a Transparent Background in Canva - select the image from which you want to remove the background

Step 2: Click on the “Edit Photo” button in the toolbar.

Step 3: Click on the “Background Remover” tool (BG Remover).

Canva will automatically remove the background of your image. Easy peasy!

You can also resize your subject if needed by dragging the corners.

Step 4: If the background is not fully removed, use the “Eraser” tool to remove any remaining parts.

Canva does an amazing job 90% of the time, but there are instances where they may miss a little section of the background if it’s close in color to your subject.

If you need to, simply click on the BG Remover tool again, which will open the eraser tool where you can fine tune the image and erase anything that was missed or restore anything that was incorrectly erased.

Step 5: Set background to transparent and download your image

Click “Share” in the top right corner, then “Download” from the drop down menu.

Then, select “PNG” for the File Type, check the box next to “Transparent Background” and then click the purple “Download” button.

Make a Transparent Background in Canva - download your design

It’s actually the exact same process! Just upload your logo into a new Canva project and follow the steps outlined above.

How do I reduce the opacity of a background in Canva?

It’s super easy to do!

Step 1: Select the element you want to edit.

The background will need to be its own stand alone element.

Step 2: Click the checkered icon (transparency tool) in the toolbar and adjust the slider to change the opacity

Make a Transparent Background in Canva - adjusting the transparency of a background

Is there a free way to remove the background in Canva?

As mentioned above, you’ll need to go outside of Canva to do it, and even then, there’s no solid all around option that we’ve found.

LunaPic works very well if your image has a solid color background (for example, a logo on a white background), but if the background is busier (for example, a photograph of a person standing in front of a house), it rarely effectively removes it.

If you do have a simple design with a solid color background and want to use LunaPic for free, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the LunaPic website and upload your image

Step 2: In the “Edit” drop down menu, click “Transparent Background”

Step 3: Click the area of the image you want to be transparent

This will remove the background! You can also adjust the transparency threshold to include or exclude more of the background, but if it’s a solid color, you most likely won’t need to mess with this slider.

Step 4: Download your design as a PNG

In the “File” menu at the top of the page, click “Save Image” and then click the green “Save as PNG” button.

What are the benefits of adjusting the background transparency?

Adjusting the background transparency can make your design look more professional and seamless. It allows your design to blend in with any background and gives it a more natural look.

Does Canva include designs with transparent backgrounds?

Yep, Canva includes tons of designs with transparent backgrounds!

Just search in the “Elements” tab for a keyword and add the word “transparent” to it (eg. dog transparent) and that will yield a bunch of results you can skim through to find the perfect one for your project.

Make a Transparent Background in Canva - searching for "dog transparent" as an example of finding Canva's own images with transparent backgrounds

How do you use an image with a transparent background in a Canva project?

To use an image with a transparent background in a Canva project, simply upload the transparent image into your design. Select “Uploads” in the toolbar and drag and drop the image into your design.

For even more awesome Canva tips & tricks, we have a whole section of our blog dedicated to just that!