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Canvas, Enable and Access the Upload/Embed Image Tool

This article describes how you can enable and access the Upload/Embed Image tool from DesignPLUS/Cidi Labs.


The Upload/Embed Image tool helps you quickly edit and search for images to add to your Canvas course sites. Though this tool is not as robust as something like Photoshop, it will allow you to do some basic edits to images (like cropping/resizing) and search for high quality images (through Unsplash and Pexels) and embed them all directly within Canvas. You'll first need to enable/authorize the tool. After it's been authorized, you'll have quick access to the tool through the Apps icon in the Rich Content Editor (RCE).

How To Enable the Upload/Embed Image Tool

To enable the Upload/Embed Image tool, you'll first need to be in edit mode of a page/assignment/etc. where you have access to the Rich Content Editor (RCE).

  1. With a page (or assignment) in edit mode, select the Apps button (the icon looks like a plug) to expand options.
    Screenshot of the rich content editor in Canvas with a red arrow pointing to the Apps icon
  2. Select View All option from the drop down menu.
    Screenshot of the rich content editor in Canvas with the Apps icon selected and a drop down menu. The View All option is highlighted along with a red arrow pointing to this option.
  3. You'll see a pop out window for All Apps. Select the Upload / Embed Image option.
    Screenshot of the All Apps popout menu with a red arrow pointing to the Upload / Embed Image option
  4. Select the Authorize button to approve access.
    Screenshot of authorization message stating that you are authorizing Cidi Labs DesignPLUS access to your account with a red arrow pointing to select the Authorize button
  5. You'll then be able to use the Upload/Embed Image tool to add an image, search for an image from Unsplash or Pexels, or use a public URL to an image and make minor edits to the image before embedding it in your course.
    Screenshot of the initial view of the Upload / Embed Image tool with options to indicate an Image Source, which can be uploaded from your computer, search within Canvas, search public sites like Unsplash or Pexels, or paste a public URL.

After you access the Upload/Embed Image tool for the first time, you'll see the Upload/Embed Image option appear on the initial drop down menu when you select Apps whenever you're accessing the RCE.

Screenshot of the rich content editor in Canvas with the Apps icon selected and a drop down menu showing the Upload/Embed Image tool option.

Keywords:canvas, designplus, image, upload image, crop image   Doc ID:122250
Owner:Rachel M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-11-01 12:17 CDTUpdated:2022-12-12 15:20 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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