Create a beautiful white outline for your YouTube thumbnails and social media images in a few clicks using Canva. I’ll show you how.
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1:26 Removing a background in Canva
1:57 Applying shadows//select glow
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Canva White Outline Tutorial – Video Transcript
Let me walk you through how to add a beautiful white background to your actual images in Canva. Hi, I’m Sara Nguyen, and I’ll help you grow your business using video on social media with ease.
I’m going to step you through what you need to do to get that beautiful white outline to your photos so that you can have beautiful social media images, YouTube thumbnails and more. Let’s go over to my computer now and I’ll walk you through how to do this with a few clicks in Canva.
Now to get this beautiful white outline around an image or the YouTube outline or YouTube thumbnail effect, I’m going to show you how to do this in two ways using Canva. So the first way I’m going to show you, we’re going to put a white outline around an image.
Let’s go into that demo now. So you want to have some kind of background ideally, and then you want to add the image that you want to create the outline to. I’ve already uploaded an image of myself here.
Otherwise, you would go to upload media and select that image. I’m going to click on the image to add it to the actual canvas that I’m working with. I’m going to resize it a little bit.
And then with the image still selected, I’m going to go to effects and I’m going to remove the background. Right? I’m going to select background remover that you should see here.
I’m going to click on that and allow Canva to remove the background from that actual image. That’s the first step that you want to do. Now that the image has the background removed, if Canva didn’t catch all the pieces I can select, erase or restore, if they cut too many pieces out.
I’m going to apply the changes. With the image still selected, I’m going to go to the effects tab and we’re going to go down to shadows that you see here. I’m going to go to Shadows.
I’m going to select see all, and now I’m going to select Glow. I’ve selected Glow. And as you can see, now that I’ve selected it, in the function here, you can see there are these three dots with the lines on it.
Double click on that. And then you can see here is where you do the magic with the white outline. For the colour, I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to change this to be white.
And you can change it to be whichever colour you want really. Doesn’t have to be a white outline, but that’s a very common colour. So white is the colour of selected.
Now for the size, watch as I select the size slider here. It makes the size of it larger. I continue to move it across to get to the size that I want it to get to. In terms of transparency, as I increase the transparency, it becomes less transparent.
If I want more of a translucent effect, I’ll pull the transparency, transparency slide out to the left. Otherwise, if I want a really harder white, strong colour, then I’ll turn it more to the right.
And in terms of blur, this increases or decreases the harshness of the outline. If you want a softer glow, then you would increase the blur. If you want a harder line, you would decrease it.
Play along with those scales and once you’re happy with the white outline, you would go down and select apply. And that’s one way of adding a white outline to an image in Canva.
Here’s a second way of adding a white outline to an image in Canva. Once again, you want to add the image to your actual canvas. We’re going to go to effects and we’re going to remove the background just like we did in the previous method.
And we’re going to click apply. Now that we’ve done that, we want to keep the image selected and we’re going to go to the top right-hand corner and we’re going to duplicate the image.
I’m going to click on this plus with the rectangles around it. And this would duplicate a layer of the image. We want to take that image and we want to create a coloured version of this.
I’m going to go with the effects tab still selected, down to this dual tone section. I’m going to go to dual tone. I’m going to select any of these dual tone levels.
I’m going to go, let’s go pomelo for now. I’m going to double click on that. And then for highlights and shadows, I’m going to change this to white. So go white here. And I’m going to go white here as well.
And then I’m going to click apply. Now, with this white outline, I can make it a little bit larger than my previous image, move it over the image and in terms of position, I’m going to move it backwards so it sits behind the actual image.
And then it’s just a matter of moving the elements around so that you have the outline effect like that. That’s another way of doing it. The previous way I showed you was a little bit easier, but this is another way of doing it so you can choose which one works better for you.
Either way, two quick and easy ways to create that beautiful white outline within Canva. Check out the link in the description where you can get access to Canva Pro, free for 45 days using my special link.
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