Adding Space to your Photoshop Canvas


November 12, 2015

Adding Space to your Photoshop Canvas

Time and time again. You find yourself staring at an image you thought was complete, until you realized, no It needs more spaghetti and meatball images scattered around the dog you edited in the center of the canvas – totally relatable.

But even though you want to do so, you can’t because you have used up all of the canvas area. No space for any more imagination or creativity – a prison of epic mental proportions.

Never fear, BlueCorps is here! Let’s begin a journey you have been meaning to start but didn’t know where.


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This is the hardest step. Open Photoshop.

I know, that was crazy.


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Open up the image you want to expand (or paste/ import images you got from elsewhere) onto canvas.


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Click on images tab in the taskbar then look for Canvas Size. I’m going to assume it has something to do with the size of the canvas.


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A pop up like this will appear.


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The pop up is crucial at this point because it deals with anchors. That means that is the point where all the expansion (or reduction) of the canvas will extrude from. Click around on different small squares in the boxes and you see you can change the anchor point. The arrows show you the direction of the expansion based on each anchor point.


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For example, you want to add more canvas to the top and bottom of the image. So you put the anchor in the center. Note the arrows point up and down from the center, showing changes will be applied in both directions. Add two inches (or however many you desire) to the value in the Height box and hit okay. It should look like:

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Notice that the canvas only expanded from the top and bottom because we only changed the height value, and the anchor was in the center.


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 But what if you just wanted to add spaghetti to the bottom of the page? Well then you would move the anchor point so it expands downward. Result?


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More space for Spaghetti and Meatballs!

About The Author:

Kwesi Awotwi is a second year pursuing International Studies and Economics at the University of Michigan.