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Canva Hack: How to Create a 3D Effect

By Gracie Steel, Digital Marketing Assistant at Omega High-Impact Print Solutions


In the ever-changing landscape of social media, capturing attention is the name of the game. From stunning graphics to captivating content, the pressure to stand out from the crowd can leave even the most creative minds in a rut. Because of this, content creators, graphic designers, and social media enthusiasts alike are constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas. If you've ever felt this way, you're certainly not alone. That's why we put together this simple Canva tutorial- so you can find that spark of inspiration to breathe new life into your social posts. Follow along as we show you how you can instantly elevate your Canva designs using this 3D effect.


A computer showing a Canva hack design in an at-home office.

Shall we begin?




Step 1

To demonstrate this hack, we will be using Canva Pro. But, it is possible to complete this design using the free version. To get started, select and upload your photo.


Uploading a photo in Canva.


Step 2

At this time, add any text, effects, elements, brand fonts or colors.


Adding text, effects, elements and brand fonts & colors to a Canva design.


Step 3

Next, either reupload, copy & paste, or duplicate your image. Whichever method you choose, be sure it's the same aspect ratio as your original image. With your newly duplicated photo, go to EDIT PHOTO > BACKGROUND REMOVER. This will isolate the subject of your photo.


(TIP: If you're using the free version of Canva, you will not have access to this feature. To get around this, simply search "Free Image Background Remover" in any search engine to remove your image's background).


Duplicating my image on Canva and using the Background Remover tool to isolate the subject.


Step 4

Align the isolated subject with the background image. DOUBLE CLICK or go to EDIT PHOTO > CROP to crop your isolated subject. You'll see how this step made the hand and coffee cup look as though it's going through the "o" in "coffee," adding instant depth and dimension.


Cropping the duplicated, isolated subject to create a 3D effect in Canva.



In just four simple steps, you've unlocked a new and exciting way to advance your designs and captivate your audience. We hope this tutorial inspired you to approach your social media game with a different perspective.


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