Pexels and Canva: Edit Free Stock Photos Online (All in Your Browser)

Stock photos, which are stock photographs for use in graphic projects, are now easily available on the Internet. There are also plenty of platforms where you can find free stock footage that you can use privately and commercially. But for processing you usually need an app on your own end device - whether computer, tablet or smartphone. By combining Pexels and Canva you can save yourself the same. Easy editing, cropping, adding stickers and text, using frames and much more are right in Web browser possible. And with just a few clicks.

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From Pexels, you can go straight to Canva to edit a free stock photo in the browser app—also free. Here you will find the necessary steps to do so.
From Pexels, you can go straight to Canva to edit a free stock photo in the browser app—also free. Here you will find the necessary steps to do so.

Transfer and edit Pexels images directly in Canva

First you go to the website https://www.pexels.com/ up and choose a picture. Use the search function to quickly find the right photo for your project. Search filters for orientation, size and dominant color can be used. If you have found a photo that you like, click on it once. So you open a preview with a few usage options.

If you have found a photo that you like, then click on it for further use.
If you have found a photo that you like, then click on it for further use.

Above the image preview, you'll see an "Edit in Canva" button with the small Canva logo next to it. Clicking on that will launch the Canva website with their photo editing web app. The selected photo is taken over in the highest resolution. You can then crop, edit and add elements to it as you wish. This looks something like the following screenshots.

Not only can you download the stock photo, you can also open it directly on the Canva website for editing.
Not only can you download the stock photo, you can also open it directly on the Canva website for editing.
After the online photo editing application has loaded (it may take a moment or two), various adjustments can be made.
After the online photo editing application has loaded (it may take a moment or two), various adjustments can be made.
Cropping, adding stickers, lettering and more are available as photo editing options.
Cropping, adding stickers, lettering and more are available as photo editing options.

Save edited Pexels photos from Canva to computer

In order to finally save the edited image locally and to be able to use it from your own hard drive, it must of course be downloaded. To do this, click on “File” at the top left of the website shown and then on “Download” in this menu. Alternatively, you can also click on "Share" in the top right corner and then select "Download". 

Either way, a save mask will open with a few options for adjusting the file to be output. So e.g. For example, the file format (PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG, etc.) can be selected, the size adjusted and the quality defined. However, some of the options are only available if you have a Canva subscription - recognizable by the crown icon with the grayed out, unusable settings.

When you're done, you can save the edited photo from the File or Share menu. To save locally, select "Download" and then specify a few details.
When you're done, you can save the edited photo from the File or Share menu. To save it locally, select “Download” and then specify a few details.

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