How to Resize a Canva Image Without Cropping It

Canva is an online graphic design tool that is free to use. You can tackle various projects, from posters, flyers, and newsletters to social media posts, logos, and videos. The user-friendly interface allows you to learn the tool no matter your experience level.

Learning how to execute certain functions on Canva may require some guidance via a tutorial or article. The steps are simple, and most functions are easily identifiable with icons in a toolbar or menu. Keep reading to find out how to resize a Canva image without cropping it.

How to Resize an Image in Canva Without Cropping It

Typically, any design application has several ways to execute a single function. Resizing an image is no different. You can manually resize your image, or if you have Canva Pro, there is a resizing button you can use in the toolbar.

Manually Resizing Your Image

The process for manually resizing a photo in Canva is the same whether you use the desktop or mobile app.

  1. First, open up Canva and navigate to File > Open
  2. Select the image you want to resize from the options in the dialog box and click Open.
  3. Once your image is on the Canva canvas, select the image. You will see a box appear around your image.
  4. Each corner of the image will have a dot appear when your cursor hovers over it.
  5. Navigate to one of the four corners, click and drag the dot to the desired size. If you drag it out, the photo will get larger. If you drag in, the photo will get smaller.

Resize With Canva Pro One-Click Resizing Menu

If you have Canva Pro, there are extra features you can utilize to help resize your image. It’s as simple as one click.

  1. First, open up Canva and navigate to File > Open
  2. Select the image you want to resize from the options in the dialog box and click Open.
  3. Once your image is on the Canva canvas, select the image. You will see a box appear around your image.
  4. Select Resize in the top left of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear that gives you several options. You can enter your own dimensions for a custom resize in pixels, inches, millimeters, or centimeters, or choose from a menu of size options.
    • Video
    • Presentation
    • Facebook Post
    • Poster
    • Facebook Cover
    • Instagram Post
  5. If you don’t see the option you’re looking for; you can use the search in the dialog box to find the preset size you want.
  6. Once you’ve selected, you can choose Resize or Copy & Resize.

Using the Canva mobile app, you can find this Resize option by clicking on the triple dotted icon next to the crown on the top bar. Copy and Resize lets you click on several preset sizes at once if you need your image in multiple sizes.

If you do not have access to Canva pro, Canva does allow you to try this version free for 30-days.

Can You Resize Other Elements in Canva?

A picture may not be the only thing you would like to resize in Canva. Often a poster or flyer has other elements like text or graphics. These other elements may need to be resized to fit with one another on the canvas.

You can resize other elements in Canva. You can resize text boxes, photos, and videos. There are slightly different instructions for resizing these elements on a computer or mobile app.

For resizing elements on a computer, follow these easy instructions:

  1. Click on the element, text box, or video once it’s opened in Canva.
  2.  you want to select multiple elements at once, hold down the Shift key as you’re clicking on the elements
  3. Click on the resize handle or dot in the corner of the element and drag in or out.

If you are resizing in the mobile app, if you want to select multiple elements, you will have to click and hold on an element until a menu appears and then click Select Multiple. Once you’ve done that, you can make your selections and continue following the instructions for resizing elements on a computer.

Can You Resize Specific Pages in Canva?

Canva allows you to select your project and the appropriate size. If you have multiple pages in one design, you may want to resize certain ones if there aren’t a lot of elements on the page.

There is no way, at the moment, to resize specific pages in Canva. All pages in a design will be the same size, and any change made to the size will affect all pages.

There are suggestions if you would like to have designs of different sizes in one location. Canva allows you to create designs separately and add them to a folder. If you would like to create a folder for this purpose, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Click on Projects from the homepage side panel.
  2. Select the + icon from the upper corner of the page, then Folder.
  3. Name your folder and select Create Folder.
  4. To upload media to your folder, select the + icon when in the folder
  5. Click Upload
  6. Select the file you would like to upload

Are There Size Limits for Resizing Designs in Canva?

Any function within a design application can have limitations. To know those limitations, you must become acquainted with the program’s support or search those parameters online.

There are size limits to resizing your designs in Canva. The application restricts to a minimum and maximum dimension size for your designs.

  • Minimum Dimensions: 40 x 40 px
  • Maximum Dimensions: 8000 x 3125 px

If you use Custom sizing and the dimensions you entered are outside these parameters, the Custom size field will turn red. Once your design is perfectly sized, you can bring it over to for mockups on merchandise.


Now you know how to resize images and elements in Canva manually and by using the one-click resizing menu and the limitations of dimensions you can use. You are one step further in learning the Canva interface.