When it comes to the Background Remover Tool in Canva, not all images are created equal. These 4 tips will up level your design and set you at expert status in no time!
If you’ve been using Canva even occasionally for personal or business reasons, you’ve probably run into the Background Remover tool. It’s a great little feature that makes taking out backgrounds a breeze. There are a million things you can use it for and I show you how to use the Background Remover Tool here, but you might have found in your efforts that all images aren’t created equal when it comes to the background remover tool – read that as, it works better on some images than others.
4 Tips for Expert Status with the Canva Background Remover Tool
Today I’m sharing 4 simple tips that will help you maximize your efforts with the Canva Background Remover tool – if you put these to use when you’re designing, you’ll be getting expert level results in no time!
You’ll want to listen to the video – the tips are good, but you’ll catch my pup’s vocal antics about midway through – it was just too good, so I left it in and hope it brings a smile!
Need a quick reminder of the Tips I shared in the video or just want to see if it’s worth taking the time to watch? You’ll find the 4 tips below.
Tip 1 – Pick images that have strong depth of field
You don’t have to be a highly-trained photographer to pick good images – simply knowing a few photography rules can make all the difference. Picking images that have strong depth of field is one way you can get excellent results with the Background Remover Tool in Canva.
Depth of field can be described as the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in an image. Basically, any image that you see that has a blurry background is a good choice – the photographer purposefully did it to help us focus on a specific portion of the image and that blurriness is going to help the Background Remover Tool know exactly what portions of the image to remove because there’s such a contrast between the blur and in focus portions of the image.
Tip 2 – Pick images that have a highly contrasted background
But what if you can’t find an image that uses Depth of Field that will work for you project?
No problem. Start looking for images that have background with a lot of contrast. When it comes to photography and design, contrast is achieved when 2 things are strikingly different – so much so that it causes our eye to visually pause and take notice.
You might select images that have colors that really contrast – like green and orange, rather than shades of the same color. Images that have solid backgrounds are also a good option.
Tip 3 – Avoid things “hanging” or “falling off” by providing them a horizon line or place to sit
This expert tip comes into play when you’re working on combining images – something that usually happens when you’re using the Background Remover Tool. To make things look as professional as possible you want them to appear realistic – it’s not everyday that you see someone hovering above the ground, etc.
When selecting images, take into consideration that you might need to find an image that will provide an adequate horizon line or that you’ll need to align the image so that it appears like something that would occur naturally.
Tip 4 – Pick images with similar lighting & how you can fine tune it in Canva
Paying attention to lighting in your photos makes blending them together a lot easier. Canva doesn’t offer a ton of fine-tuning for photography so you’ll need to think through lighting (I talk a little bit more in-depth about lighting and shadows here) in the images that you’re trying to blend together.
As you’re selecting images, look at how the light appears. What direction does it seem to be coming from? Is it the same in the images you’re going to combine? Having similar lighting will make it appear more realistic and that shows off your expert status as a designer!