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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?

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!

There are also other ways to erase in Canva, depending on the type of element you want to erase and the kind of 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

How to erase part of an image in Canva

1. Select the image and click on Edit Photo.

2. Choose the Magic Eraser tool

3. Select a brush size

4. Apply the Eraser tool on the part of the image you want to erase

See the video below.

How to erase on Canva with the Background Remover Tool

1. Select the image and click on Edit Photo.

Erase picture background in Canva Step 2 - Click on Background Remover

2. Click on Background Remover from the left menu to erase the entire background of your image.

Erase picture background in Canva

3. Click on Erase, choose a brush size, and apply the tool on the image to remove additional parts of the image.

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

See the video below.

Pro tip:

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

2. The canvas 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.

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

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

1. Select the image that 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

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.

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

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.

Either they are available as vector-like elements where you can change the colors 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, if they are not available as an image but as a vector, then you can’t erase them. See an example below of an element you can’t erase.

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

So, when you click on Background Remover, nothing really happens. However, you need to click on this to be able to erase parts of the element.

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

Now, you can click on the erase button to erase certain parts of the element, as you saw above.

How to erase a drawing in Canva

You can use the Canva Draw tool to create freehand drawings and illustrations in Canva.

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 size of the brush you want to erase certain parts of your drawing.

There is an added option with the eraser tool in Canva Draw.

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

Check the video below to see for yourself how it works.

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

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

FAQ: How to Erase on Canva

The Canva Erase tool is a part of the Background Remover tool in Canva.

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
11 months ago

I love using canva – thanks for this really helpful guide

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