How Do Canva Frames Work

If you are a seasoned designer or just starting out in the world of creating captivating visuals, Canva is an excellent resource that boasts both impressive functionality and user-friendliness. One of the standout features of Canva is its frames. In this blog post, we will delve into the mechanics of Canva frames to assist you in maximizing your design potential.

What are Canva Frames?

Frames in Canva serve as placeholders for your images or videos. They allow you to crop your media into different shapes and sizes without altering the original file. This means you can experiment with various frame styles without the fear of ruining your original image or video.

How to Use Canva Frames

Adding a Frame

To add a frame to your Canva design, navigate to the Elements tab on the left-hand side of your Canva work area. Here, scroll down to the Frames section and select the frame of your choice. Click on it or drag it to add it to your design.

Adding Media to a Frame

Once you have a frame on your design, you can add an image or video to it. Simply navigate to your uploads or choose a media file from Canva’s library, then drag and drop it onto the frame. Your media will automatically conform to the shape and size of the frame.

Adjusting Media in a Frame

If you wish to adjust the media within your frame, double-click on the frame. You’ll be able to move the media around, zoom in, or zoom out. Once you’re happy with the adjustment, click on the “Done” button.

Canva Frames and Code

Although Canva primarily aims at enabling design without the need for coding, it’s interesting to note how it might work behind the scenes. When you add a frame and an image to your design, you’re likely using a CSS property known as clipping path behind the scenes. This property allows an element to be clipped into a specific shape, much like Canva frames do.

While using Canva doesn’t require you to write any code, if you were to recreate a similar effect using CSS, it would look something like this:

    .image {
        clip-path: circle(50% at 50% 50%);

The above code would clip the image into a circle. This is just a basic example, of course. In reality, the possible shapes could be much more complex and numerous, similar to the variety of frames you can find in Canva.


Canva frames provide a simple yet powerful way to add creativity and flair to your designs. By understanding how they work, you can utilize them effectively for more professional and appealing visuals. Practice using different frames, and don’t be afraid to experiment with your designs!