Are you ready to learn how to resize in Canva for free? This is for you whether you’re trying to resize an image or resize your blog graphics to create all the different social media sizes you need super quick! Two of these tips are for Canva Pro users, but we also cover our favorite FREE workaround!
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As a blogger, there are so many things we need to design. We design at least 10 Pinterest pins per blog post. (I know, it’s a lot…)
We create a featured image to show on our category and archive pages.
Before the algorithm went all wonky, we had pixel-perfect Facebook images for optimal resharing.
If your blog post pairs with a YouTube video, tack on another image you need to design. Maybe even a couple of Instagram story graphics, too.
Don’t get us started on product launch graphics, freebie mockups, lead magnets… It’s insane.
And guess what? All of these image sizes are different!
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Now, we get it. Some bloggers have more time than others. But when you have kids, charity work, church groups, other businesses (or two), etc., we’re all just trying to blog in the margins of life.
In other words, we don’t have the time to make 23897261 different images (even though we do love designing).
Enter the quick and easy solutions for the win: 3 ways you can learn how to resize in Canva!
We’ll even go over a way to do this without having Canva Pro, although we do recommend it 1000%. Plus, you’ll get to try it FREE for 30 days!
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There’s a video at the end of this post for our visual learners to show you exactly how we do it because showing is way easier.
1. CUSTOM SIZE CANVA FEATURE
First up is the ‘Custom size’ feature which is only available to Canva Pro users. If you’re ever unsure of a free or Pro feature, just look for the infamous Canva crown icon.
If you’re a Canva Pro user, simply click ‘Resize’ from the top left menu and change your width and height to whatever pixel, inch, millimeter, or centimeter you need.
This will change the dimensions of the project you’re CURRENTLY designing.
If you want this to be a separate image, you’ll need to make a copy first. Click ‘File’ followed by ‘Make a copy’ from the dropdown menu.
You’ll now have two tabs open – your current project and the new copied project. You’ve just learned how to resize in Canva using the ‘Custom size’ Canva Pro feature!
Side note: The ‘Custom Size’ feature is also available on the home screen (even for free Canva accounts). You don’t have to choose from their pre-selected sizes.
This is also a great feature if you’re just trying to resize a photo and don’t have another program to do that.
2. RESIZE OPTION
For our Canva Pro users, this will be your go-to option for how to resize in Canva.
From your project page, click ‘Resize’ from the top left menu and check all of the sizes you’d like. Seriously, it’s that easy.
If you need a specific pre-sized image like ‘Pinterest Pin’, ‘Instagram Story’, or ‘ or ‘Facebook Post’, scroll down just a bit or use the search bar at the top of the dropdown menu.
This is a great Canva Pro feature because it’ll automatically copy the design for you AND create the sizes you need all at once.
We always start with our Pinterest pin design because that’s the most time-consuming. A good chunk of our blog’s traffic is from Pinterest so we can get a little nit-picky about our image designs sometimes.
But hey, it’s been working this long so why fix it!?
Once that’s done, we click ‘Resize’ and type in our featured image size. Because this resize is a little drastic, it’ll take some adjusting to make it look just right.
From there, we’ll resize again for the very important YouTube thumbnail, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
And that’s how to resize in Canva using the ‘Resize’ Canva Pro feature!
All of the meat and potatoes with the design itself have been copied to a new size, making this Canva Pro feature worth its weight in gold!
Since we’re on the topic, another one of our favorite Canva Pro features is the ability to download an image with a transparent background. How cool is that?!
3. COPY AND PASTE LOOPHOLE (FREE ACCOUNTS)
Can you believe we almost went a YEAR of designing in Canva without upgrading to Canva Pro?
We didn’t realize how much time we were wasting by not knowing how to resize in Canva, the *right* way. Now, there were plenty of other factors that came into play and they all revolved around time.
This little loophole for free Canva accounts is a bit more time-consuming than just clicking the resize button, but it does work nonetheless.
First, highlight the design you just created by clicking your mouse and dragging your cursor over the entire image. Then, tap Ctrl+C (PC) / Cmd+C (Mac) to copy your design.
Open a new project from your Canva homepage and either select the new size you want or type in a custom dimension.
Once your new project is open, click on the blank page just once and tap Ctrl+V (PC) / Cmd+V (Mac) to paste your copied design.
You may need to adjust the image depending on how drastic of a size change it is. We always end up with a good amount of white space that needs filling by stretching images, elements, text, and so on.
Like I said, this one is a little more time-consuming than just resizing. But, it’s still way easier than starting from the beginning.
And that my friend, is how to resize in Canva for free!
You can do any one of these tricks whether you’re trying to resize blog graphics or resizing an image in Canva. We do both all the time.
Sometimes we just need a picture to be a certain size, you know? Just create a new project, pop in the image, and size it. All that’s left is to click Download and we’re done!
Same goes for your pins and promotional images. Quick and easy!
RECAP ON HOW TO RESIZE IN CANVA:
- Custom dimensions Canva feature
- Resize option for Canva Pro
- Copy and paste loophole for FREE accounts
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