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How To Erase In Canva: 5 Ways To Use The Canva Eraser Tool

How to erase in Canva with the Canva Eraser Tool

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If you have been using or are considering using Canva, you know that you can create lots of graphic designs using the tool.

So naturally, the question is, ‘Is there an eraser tool in Canva’?

In other words, can you erase certain parts of the elements you use to get the exact design you want?

In this post, I will show you exactly the different possibilities of erasing in Canva.

Is there an eraser tool in Canva?

Canva does not have a specific eraser tool, but you can erase text, photos, and graphic elements in Canva with the Magic Eraser tool. You can also erase the background or parts of an image or element with Canva Background Remover or other tools.

How to erase in Canva

The best way to erase images or elements in Canva is with the Magic Eraser tool.

1. Select the image or element and then click Edit Photo.

2. Click on Magic Resize, choose your brush size, and start erasing!

The Magic Eraser is only available with Canva Pro, also in the 30-day trial period.

There are also other ways to erase in Canva, depending on the element you want to erase and the erasing you wish to do.

In this post, I will focus on visual elements.

Here are 5 ways that you can erase images and graphics in Canva.

  • How to erase part of an image
  • How to erase an image background
  • How to erase with the Canva crop tool
  • How to erase parts of an element
  • How to erase a drawing

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1. How to erase part of an image in Canva

You can erase unwanted parts of your image with the Canva Magic Eraser, a tool that uses AI to remove unwanted parts of your image seamlessly.

Select your image, click ‘Edit image’, and choose ‘Magic Eraser,’ then use your cursor to erase the undesired elements, allowing the AI to blend the area with the surrounding pixels for a natural finish.

1. Open your image in Canva

First, upload the image you want to edit by navigating to the ‘Uploads’ section on the left sidebar of the Canva interface.

Click ‘Upload media’ and select your file. Once uploaded, click on your image to add it to the canvas.

2. Select the Magic Eraser Tool

With your image selected on the canvas, look for the ‘Edit photo’ button on the top toolbar.

Clicking this button will reveal a menu of editing options. Find and select the ‘Magic Eraser‘ from the list.

How to erase parts of an image in Canva

3. Erase unwanted elements

Once you’ve selected the Magic Eraser tool, your cursor turns into a small circle. This circle represents the area that will be affected when you click or drag across your image.

Move it over the part of the image you wish to erase. Click or click and drag to remove unwanted elements.

Erase and brush out parts of an image with the Magic Eraser tool

For more precise control over the erasing process, you can adjust the eraser brush size. This is particularly useful for smaller, more detailed areas or when working close to important elements you wish to preserve.

Look for the brush size adjustment option within the Magic Eraser tool settings and select the size that best suits your needs. You may have to use the eraser a few times to get your desired look.

The AI behind the Magic Eraser will automatically analyze and remove the selected area, blending the erased portion with the surrounding pixels for a natural look.

Part of an image is erased with the Canva Magic Eraser

5. Refine your edits

The Magic Eraser tool is powerful, but you may need to refine your edits to achieve the perfect look. If you make a mistake or wish to undo a change, do CTRL + Z.

Additionally, you can zoom in on your image for more detailed work, ensuring every edit is precisely as you want.

Step 6: Finalize your image

Once satisfied with your edits, click ‘Done’ to finalize the changes. You can then continue editing your image with other Canva tools, add it to your design projects, or download it elsewhere.

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2. How to erase on Canva with the Background Remover Tool

1. Select your image

Select the image in your Canva design that you would like to erase.

2. Click on Background Remover

With the image chosen, click on Edit Photo on the top menu.

Erase background in Canva with the Background Remover tool

Then, on the left menu, choose Background Remover. It will erase the entire background of your image.

3. Adjust the erased parts

If you want to remove additional parts of the image, click on Erase, choose a brush size, and brush out the extra parts you want to erase.

Erase parts of an image with the brush of the Canva BG Remover tool

4. If you want to keep some parts of the background, click Restore and apply the tool on the parts to restore.

Restore parts of an image with the brush of the Canva BG Remover tool

See the video below.

Pro tip:

1. You need a Canva Pro account to access the Background Remover tool.

2. The Background Remover will remove the entire background of your image.

If you want to erase only parts of your image, then you have to use the erase/ restore function of the Background Remover.

3. How to erase part of an image in Canva with the Canva crop tool

You can also erase some parts of an image by simply cropping it out.

1. Select the image you want to erase in part and click on the Canva crop tool.

How to erase parts of an image in Canva - Canva crop

2. Drag and drop the cursor as required to remove certain parts of the image

Canva crop tool

4. How to erase part of an element in Canva

You can also erase some parts of a graphic element on Canva if the element is available as an image. Select the image, and erase the parts you want to cut out with the Magic Eraser or the Background Remover.

1. Select and add the element in your design

How to erase parts of a graphic element in Canva Step 1 - Choose the element

2. Click on Edit Photo, and click on Magic Eraser or Background Remover

2. Choose a brush size

3. Erase the parts of the element you wish to remove.

Graphic elements include stickers, illustrations, shapes, and other small elements you can use in your design.

They are available as vector-like elements, which you can change in color and size. Or they are available as images that are not easy to edit.

If they are available as an image, you can erase parts of them, just like you can do with a photographic image, as you saw above.

However, you can’t erase them if they are not available as an image but as a vector.

Pro Tip:

Backgrounds of Canva elements are usually transparent and don’t have a color or photograph.

Nothing really happens when you click on Background Remover. However, you need to click on this to erase parts of the element.

Once you click on the Background Remover, the Erase/ Restore function becomes visible.

As you saw above, you can click the erase button to erase certain parts of the element.

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5. How to erase a drawing in Canva

You can use the Canva Draw tool to create freehand drawings and illustrations in Canva. The drawing tool comes with a brush, which you can use to remove parts of your drawing.

Read a step-by-step guide on how to do that in my full post on how to draw in Canva.

Once you create even the smallest of drawings, an eraser tool appears.

How to erase a drawing in Canva

Just like with the Background Remover, you can choose the brush size you want to erase certain parts of your drawing.

An option for the eraser tool has been added to Canva Draw.

You can select the transparency of the brush. So, instead of completely erasing a part of your drawing, you can decrease its opacity.

In other words, you can use the eraser tool to reduce the intensity of a certain part of your drawing.

Those are the multiple ways you can erase in Canva with the Canva eraser tools.

Do you know any other way to erase in Canva? Do share in the comments!

FAQ: How to Erase on Canva

There are 5 ways to erase in Canva: with the Magic Eraser tool, the Canva Background Remover tool, the cropping function, by using shape elements, or by erasing a drawing.  

The Canva Magic Eraser is an AI-powered tool designed to easily remove unwanted elements from images. It precisely identifies and erases specific parts, ensuring the edits blend seamlessly with the rest of the image. This feature simplifies the process of enhancing image aesthetics within Canva.

The Canva Eraser tool is mostly either the Canva Magic Eraser or the Background Remover.

You can erase parts of a graphic element in Canva, like stickers or illustrations, with the Background Remover Tool. This is only possible if the element is an image, not vector. 

You can erase parts of a graphic in Canva if it is an image, with the Canva Background Remover tool.

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Sarah
1 year ago

I love using canva – thanks for this really helpful guide

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