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How to Resize an Image

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How to Resize an Image
Online printables are a quick, easy way to add something new to your decor.  Just print them, and put them in a frame.  Any time you get bored or seasons change, simply print out a new one.  Instant decor.  But what if the printable isn’t the right size?  What if it doesn’t fit your frame?  This post explains how to resize an image to fit any frame.


For this tutorial we are going to start with an 8.5″ x 11″ sized image, but want to resize it so that it will fit a standard 5″ x 7″ frame.   As we are going to use a free online program called Canva, the image cannot be a PDF file (Canva can turn things into PDFs, but won’t let you start out with one).  If yours is a PDF, see my post How to Convert a PDF to JPG (it’s super easy).



How to Resize an Image Instructions:


1.  Go to  At the top right hand side of the screen, click on “Use custom dimensions.”

Canva Custom Dimensions








2.  Click on the grey box and choose “in” for inches.  Then, in the empty boxes, type the dimensions you want.  In this case it’s “5” and “7.”  Finally, click the green “Design!” button.

Canva Type Dimensions in Inches








3.  On the left side of the screen, click “UPLOADS.”  Next click the green “Upload your own images” button.  Choose the image that you want from your computer.  It will appear below the green “Upload your own images” button. When it is done loading, click on it and drag it to the white space on the right side of the screen.

Canva Choose an Image to Upload From Your Computer












4.  Click on the corner of the image and drag it to make it bigger or smaller, until you are happy with its size.  If you click on the image, you will be able to move the image around to reposition it in the “frame.”

Canva Click on the Corner of the Image and Drag to Resize















5.  In most cases you would be ready to save.  If you are happy with your image, skip to Step 6.  In the case of the image we are resizing though, a stripe of green is showing at the top (from the original image’s border).   To get rid of this, we are going to hide it by putting a white box over it.


To make the box, go to the left side of the screen and click on “ELEMENTS.”  Next, click on the pink box “Shapes.”  Click on the white square below “Shapes”;  a square will appear on your image (usually black).  Click on this square to move it, and then drag the corners and sides to make the square cover the green stripe.


To change the square’s colour, click on the little square above and to the left of your image (it will be the same colour as your square).  A pop up will appear with colour options.  Click on white, and watch that old green stripe vanish!

Canva Create a White Box to Hide the Old Border's Green Stripe

Create a white box to hide the old border’s green stripe.











Canva The White Box Hides the Old Green Stripe

The white box now completely hides the green stripe.















6.  (If you want to add the original border to the new 5″ x 7″ image, skip this step for now). If you are happy with the image, click on the “Download” button at the top right of your screen.  Choose “PDF: For Print.”  When it’s done loading, save the image to whatever file you want on your computer.


7.  If you want the image to have the same dark green border as the original 8″ x 10″ image, go to the left side of the screen and click on “ELEMENTS.”  Then click on the yellow, “Frames” button.  A lot of different frames will appear below, some free, some paid.  The frame I chose is free, but I had to scroll pretty far down to find it.


When you find the frame you want, click on it.  Click on the frame’s corners and drag to make it fit the edges of the image.


To change the frame’s colour, click on it, then click on the coloured square that’s just above/to the left of the image.  A pop up with colour options will appear.  Click on the “+” sign.  This will bring up a pop up box with numbers in it.  Delete the numbers, type in “3c5947” and hit enter.  The frame will turn dark green.

Canva You Can Add a Border to the New 5x7 Image











8.  And now you are done!  Follow the directions in Step 6 above to save, and enjoy your newly resized 5″ x 7″ image.


Once you’re familiar with Canva, it will only take you a few minutes to resize any image…but it can be a bit confusing the first time through.  If you run into any snags while following this “How to Resize an Image” tutorial, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll walk you through a solution.


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Stephanie 🙂

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