For years, I’ve been teaching my media design students how to edit subjects out of photos using photo editing tools in Pixlr.com, the web’s best cloud-based photo editor. But AI applications are evolving quickly, and tools like Canva’s Magic Eraser can now do in seconds what used to take minutes.
Exactly how good is Canva’s Magic Eraser? I set out to find out using six increasingly complex images. Here are the timestamps for the video:
0:00:00 – Welcome! Start by logging into your Canva for Education account.
0:24 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove a paddleboarder from a lake.
1:27 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove a man (doing a handstand) from a beach.
2:52 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove Elias Pettersson from a hockey photo.
4:27 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove Lebron James from a basketball photo.
5:46 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove a college student from a group photo.
7:16 – How to use Canva’s Magic Eraser to remove a politician from a political photo.
My conclusion: Canva’s Magic Eraser isn’t perfect, but it’s highly proficient and scary fast. For teachers looking to remove a photobomber, power lines, or another subject who shouldn’t be represented in a school publication, Canva’s Magic Eraser tool might be your solution.
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In This Episode
4:18 – What is Adobe Spark? How to create images of different kinds
12:34 – How to remove background from images in Adobe Spark
16:04 – How to change icon colors to match graphics in Adobe Spark
18:06 – Learn from Claudio Zavala Jr.’s YouTube channel!
23:15 – How to make fun teacher reaction GIFs using WeVideo and UnScreen (Jen Leban)
25:39 – How to use the Screencastify zoom tool to highlight a particular part of your screen
26:48 – How to use Google Slides and Screencastify to make a fun teacher reaction GIF
29:13 – How to use the Creator Studio Add-on within Google Slides to make GIFs
32:23 – Jen Leban shows us the illustrations in her book that she drew with ProCreate
34:55 – Erika Sandstrom shows us her breathing bubbles on Twitter
35:52 – How to make animated breathing bubbles in Google Slides
40:49 – How to use Canva to create breathing bubble animations
50:39 – How to create animated breathing bubbles using Chroma Key in WeVideo
54:28 – How to create simple animations in WeVideo
1:06:08 – How to connect with Bryon Carpenter, Jen Leban, and Erika Sandstrom
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