When I first began SlidesYearbook, we used Google Photos for storing and editing images. As much as I loved Google Photos, the app was removed from student use because it was not FERPA compliant. Our yearbook class needed a new solution, which we found in Canva for Education.

We use Canva Teams in our yearbook class. At first, we used Canva to teach students quality graphic design. Now we also use Canva to edit our yearbook photos.

The best place to learn how to edit a photo in Canva is on the Canva website. Click here to learn more or scroll down for basic directions.

Upload a Photo

  1. In the top right corner, select the purple button for Create a design.
  2. Select Edit photo.

If a student is on a school Chromebook, students can upload the photo directly from the shared yearbook folder.


Remove Background

In the Effects tab, select Remove background. You can zoom in using the slider in the bottom right. Click on Remove background a second time to re-add the background.

Canva photo editing is an alternative to remove.bg. Remove.bg has a few more options that Canva.

Canva - photo effects


Like Google Photos, Canva has multiple options for filters. Scroll through each option or select See all.


Manually Adjust Photo

  • White balance: Temperature and Tint
  • Light: Brightness, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks
  • Color: Vibrance and Saturation
  • Texture: Clarity and Vignette


Crop Photo

Under Aspect ratio, scroll through the options to crop the photo. Readjust the photo as necessary. Select Done.

Canva - Crop photo

Save Options


You can Download the edit photo and/or Save it to Canva to be used in future designs.

Use Photo in Design

To use the edited and saved photo, select the Uploads tab in any Canva design.

Canva - use photo in a design

Image Editing in Slides

You can edit an image directly in Google Slides!

Updated January 22, 2023.