Canva terms

Stock Images

Pre-made images available for use in designs.

What are the stock images in Canva?

Stock images in Canva are a vast collection of high-quality photos, illustrations, and graphics that users can incorporate into their designs. These images are provided by professional photographers and artists from around the world and cover a wide range of subjects, from landscapes and lifestyle shots to abstract patterns and textures. They are available for use in both free and premium Canva accounts, although some images may require a small fee or a Canva Pro subscription to access.

The use of stock images can greatly enhance the visual appeal of a design, whether it's a social media post, a presentation, or a website. Canva's stock images are easy to search and can be added to a design with just a few clicks. They can be resized, cropped, and edited within Canva to fit the specific needs of a design. This makes them a valuable resource for both professional designers and individuals with little to no design experience.

How to access stock images in Canva?

To access stock images in Canva, you first need to log in to your Canva account. Once you're logged in, you'll find a search bar at the top of the page. Type in the kind of image you're looking for, such as "beach" or "office," and press enter. This will bring up a variety of stock images related to your search term.

You can then scroll through the images until you find one you like. Click on the image to add it to your design. You can adjust the size and position of the image within your design by clicking and dragging. Some images are free, while others require a Canva Pro subscription or a one-time payment. The cost of each image is clearly marked.

Are stock images in Canva free to use?

Yes, Canva offers a wide range of free stock images for users to incorporate into their designs. These images can be used for various purposes such as presentations, social media posts, websites, and more without any additional costs. However, it's important to note that while many images are free, Canva also offers premium images that users can purchase for a small fee.

In addition to this, Canva operates under a license agreement which users must adhere to. This means that while you can use their free images, there are certain restrictions on how they can be used. For instance, you cannot use the images in a way that infringes upon third party rights, or in a way that is unlawful or offensive. It's always a good idea to review the terms of use before incorporating these images into your work.

How to use stock images in Canva for my design?

To use stock images in Canva for your design, first, you need to log in to your Canva account. Once you're logged in, click on the "Create a design" button on the right side of the screen. Choose the type of design you want to create from the dropdown menu.

Once you've chosen your design type, you'll be taken to the design editor. On the left side of the screen, you'll see a tab labeled "Elements". Click on this tab and then click on the "Photos" option. This will open up Canva's library of stock images. You can browse through these images or use the search bar at the top of the screen to find specific types of images. Once you've found an image you want to use, simply click on it and it will be added to your design. You can then resize, reposition, or edit the image as needed.

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