How To Make An Image Transparent In Canva

Looking to create an appealing design with a little more sophistication? Adding a transparent image might just be the perfect touch! In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of making an image transparent using Canva, a simple, web-based design tool.

Step 1: Selecting your Image

First, log into your Canva account and select the design type that you want to work with. If you have a specific image you want to make transparent, upload it to Canva by clicking on the “Uploads” tab on the left and then “Upload an image or video”.

Step 2: Transparency Tool

Once you’ve got your image, click on it to bring up the editing options. Look for the ‘Transparency’ option. It looks like a checkerboard icon in the top right corner of your screen.

Step 3: Adjusting the Transparency

Click on the transparency option, which will bring up a slider. Adjusting this slider changes the transparency of your image. Moving it to the left makes your image more transparent, while moving it to the right makes your image less transparent.

It’s as simple as that! By playing around with this tool, you can add layers of depth to your designs, creating something truly unique. Take caution, though: if you make an image too transparent, it may be hard to see against certain backgrounds.

Keep in mind that this feature is only available for Canva Pro or Canva for Enterprise users. If you’re using the free version of Canva, you won’t be able to adjust the transparency of your images unless you upgrade your account.

Note: There’s No Transparency Tool for Backgrounds!

While it’s easy to make individual elements transparent in Canva, it’s important to note that you cannot make the entire background of a project transparent. If you need a design with a transparent background, you’ll need to use a different tool, like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP.


Now that you know how to make images transparent in Canva, you can start experimenting with layers and transparency in all your designs. Not only does this offer you more creative flexibility, but it can also help you create more professional-looking designs. Give it a try!