How do I add a Profile picture?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

If your institution has enabled profile pictures, you can add and change profile pictures in your account.

Tips for profile pictures:

  • Please choose an appropriate picture to represent yourself. Your institution has the right to remove pictures that are not appropriate for a classroom setting.
  • Images should be square in size to prevent your picture from being resized or distorted.
  • Files can be any type (.jpg, .png, .gif) or size as long as you have room in your personal files to store the file. Canvas recommends that your profile picture be as small as possible.

Note:

  • These steps only apply to accounts with profile pictures enabled. If you do not see a placeholder picture, your institution has not enabled this feature.

Open User Settings

Open User Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Open User Settings in New Canvas UI

Open User Settings in New Canvas UI

If you are using the New Canvas User Interface (UI), in Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].

Click Placeholder Profile Picture

Click Placeholder Profile Picture

On the Personal Settings page, click the placeholder profile picture icon. A dialog box will open.

Note: If you don't see a placeholder profile picture icon, your institution does not allow you to add or change your profile picture.

Add Photo in Personal Profile Page

Add Photo in Personal Profile Page

You can also update your photo on your Personal Profile page. Click the placeholder profile picture icon. A dialog box will open.

Select Profile Picture

There are three ways you can select a profile picture to use throughout Canvas:

  • Upload a Picture from your computer
  • Take a Picture using your computer's camera
  • Import from an existing Gravatar account

Note: The Take a Picture option is not supported when using Safari or Internet Explorer.

Upload a Picture

Upload a Picture

To upload a new Profile picture, click the Upload a Picture tab [1], then click the choose a picture link [2]. You can also drag a picture from your desktop and drop it into the uploader.

Note: Canvas will automatically store a copy of the saved profile picture in your personal files. When a new picture is saved in your profile, the new picture will override the existing picture file in your personal files.

Choose Profile Picture

Choose Profile Picture

Find the image you want to upload on your computer and click the Open button.

Note: Depending on your browser, you may see an Choose button in place of Open.

Crop or Resize Picture

Crop or Resize Picture

Drag the selection box [1] to crop or resize your picture. Click the Save button [2] to upload your profile picture.

Storage Space Exceeded

If you do not have enough storage space in your personal files, you will not be able to upload your profile picture unless you free up space in your personal files.

You can tell how much space you have remaining by returning to your personal Settings, opening Files, and checking the storage used amount [1].

Take a Picture

Take a Picture

To take a picture to use as your profile picture, click the Take a Picture tab [1], then click the Take Picture button [2].

Note: Depending on your browser, you may need to allow Canvas to access your camera. The Take a Picture option is not supported when using Safari or Internet Explorer.

Save Picture

Save Picture

Click the Retry button [1] to take another picture. When you are happy with your picture, click the Save button [2].

From Gravatar

From Gravatar

If you have a Gravatar account, you can import an existing Gravatar to use as your profile picture.

Click the From Gravatar tab [1] and enter your Gravatar email address in the field provided [2]. Click the Preview button to view your Gravatar. When you are finished, click the Save button [3].

Note: Before adding a photo in your Gravatar account, you will have to rate the photo. Please note that only G-rated Gravatar photos can be displayed as a Canvas profile picture.

View Profile Picture

View Profile Picture

The Profile picture you selected will show up instead of the placeholder profile picture.

Delete Profile Picture

Profile pictures are linked to your personal files, so you can easily delete them to remove old profile pictures.

Open Files

Open Files

Click the Files link.

Open Profile Pictures

Click the profile pictures folder.

Delete Profile Picture

Next to the file you want to delete [1], click the Settings icon [2] then click Delete [3].