The Easiest Way to Add a White Outline to an Image for FREE

Nov 25, 2020

Do you want to learn how to create one of the most popular aesthetics on Instagram right now? 

This post will teach you exactly how to do that by adding a white outline to an image for FREE!

You will also learn how to remove the background from an image without photoshop! 

Ready to stand out on social media and increase your engagement? 

Here are 6 easy to follow steps to create that fun outline on an image and add a drop shadow to make it look even cooler!

All for FREE!

  1. Create a FREE account on Canva

Once you have your account, upload the desired image you want to add the white outline to. (A free account is free forever! It doesn’t give you access to all of the tools that Canva has, so you can also try the 30 day FREE TRIAL of Canva Pro to access everything!)

Bonus Tip: Try to pick an image that doesn’t have a distracting background. 

  1. Remove the background of your pic

Click on “Edit image” and then click “Background Remover.” It’s as simple as that!

  1. Create a copy of your image

The copy is what we will end up using as the outline.  

Bonus Tip: The color of the outline can be changed to match your brand colors and make your images stand out from everyone else on Instagram!

  1. Click on “Edit image” again, and scroll down to “Duotone”

Click on the slider that pops up once you’ve selected one of the color options (the color doesn’t matter since we’re going to change it anyway).

  1. Select the color swatch and change it to your brand colors or to white

You’ll need to change the color for both the “Highlights” box and the “Shadows” box.

  1. Send the copy of your image to the back

Now you have a beautifully outlined image! And since you’re already in Canva, you can easily use this cut out image on any of your Instagram graphics…without Photoshop!

And there you have it. 6 easy to follow steps on how to remove the background from an image without photoshop and adding a white outline to an image for free!

Check out an example of an outlined image I created below.

White outline to an image for free - Marina, outline image

Comment down below with any questions and be sure to tag me on Instagram with your cool cutout image with an outline!

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Hey friend, It's Marina!

Hey friend, It's Marina!

I’m an Egyptian-born personal brand coach, strategist, speaker, certified yogi, and avid traveler.

Obsessed with living a freedom-filled life, on my terms of course, I’ve been traveling the world solo for over 10 years. I’ve experienced the wildest and most incredible things that lead me to start this platform—Livin Vivaciously.

I’m also a proud corporate fashion design dropout (yup, that life is not for me) passionate about helping freedom-obsessed women and digital entrepreneurs build their true-to-self personal brand to live with more freedom and joy.

Happy to have you in my vivacious community!

Stay Vivacious,


  1. emer

    Lies!!!! The Background remover is not usable on the free version of Canva.

  2. jean

    Thank you so much Marina!! I have been trying to learn how to do this for the longest of time!!
    You are so amazing!!!! 🙂

    So so grateful!!!!

    • Manish Dwivedi

      It’s not free. Background remover doesn’t work with the free version of Canva. Please upmdate the title of your article.


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