Optimize your work with images in Lunacy

This section covers how to work with raster images.

Lunacy supports these image formats: PNG, JPG, JPEG, WEBP, BMP, ICO, GIF, SVG. The TIFF format is not supported.

Adding images to the canvas

There are several ways to add images to the canvas:

  • Using the Image tool to add images from your computer
  • Importing images from Lunacy’s Photos library
  • Drag-and-dropping images from the file explorer
  • Copying images from your desktop or browser and paste it onto the canvas
  • Importing images from your web browser via link

Using the Image tool

To add images via the Image tool:

  1. Press M or select the Image tool on the toolbar.
  2. In the Open dialog box, choose one or multiple image files.
  3. Click on the canvas to place the image to add the image in its original size or click and drag to adjust the image size before placing it on the canvas.

The drag-and-drop method

You can always simply drag and drop images from your files into Lunacy.

Alternatively, you can right-click on an image in your file explorer or browser and select Copy image, then simply paste it onto the canvas.

The Photos library

To use images from the Lunacy Photos library:

  1. Open the Photos tab in the left panel.
  2. Choose an image, then drag and drop it onto the canvas.

Tip: Use low-res photos, PNG icons, and illustrations for free as long as you include a link to in your final work.

To access high-res photos and editable SVGs without mandatory attribution use our graphics without mandatory attribution, consider our graphics subscription. By subscribing, you'll be supporting our artists and contributing to Lunacy's further development.

Importing images from the browser

There are two ways to import an image from your browser via link:

  • Right-click the image in your web browser and select Copy image address from the context menu. Switch to Lunacy, press M for the Image tool, then paste the image URL in the file name input field. Finally, click Open.


  • Right-click the image in your web browser and select Copy image address from the context menu. Switch to Lunacy, right click over the canvas, and select Paste here from the context menu. Click OK in the Paste as image dialog box. If you click Cancel, Lunacy will paste the text of the image address.

Note: This method works only when a web site provides direct links to images with an image extension at the end (.jpg, .png, etc.)

Adding image fills

You can also add images directly to your layers (including shapes, frames, and text layers). They will act as a layer background you can replace or modify anytime.

To add an Image fill:

  1. Make sure your layer has a fill. If it doesn’t, click + next to the Fill section of the right panel with a layer selected.
  2. Click on the color swatch in the Fill section to open up the color picker.
  3. In the top bar of the color picker, click .
  4. Select an image from on your computer and click Open.

Use the drop-down list below the Choose image button to select the fill method:

  • Fill. Adjusts the image size to the layer’s width.
  • Fit. Adjusts the image size to fit the layer’s height.
  • Stretch. Stretches the image to fit the layer’s width and height.
  • Tile. Duplicates the image in a tile pattern to fit the layer. The size of tiles is adjustable.

Replacing images

There are two ways you can replace images.

The first is to select an image and click the Replace image button in the Image section in the right panel. This only works for images added directly to the canvas.

To replace an image fill, select the layer with the fill, click the swatch in the Fill section, then Choose image.

Tip: You can also use these methods when you need to replace your current image with an image from the internet. Just paste the URL of the new image into the File name field of the Open dialog box and click Open.

Another quick way to replace an image or image fill is by holding down Ctrl / and drag-and-dropping an image from your desktop or the Photos library onto a layer, like in the demo below.

Read the full list of Lunacy’s tips and tricks.

Editing images

Cropping images

To crop an image:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Press Enter or click on the context toolbar to enable Edit mode.
  3. Crop the image, then press Enter again or click the Apply editing button in the right panel.

Image upscaler

Whenever you need to enhance the resolution and quality of an image, use the AI-powered Icons8 Image Upscaler built into Lunacy.

When you add an image to your document, the Upscale image prompt appears above it. Click it and wait a few seconds as the Upscaler enhances the image.

Note: The feature only is available to users with any paid subscription to Icons8 graphic assets.

Background remover

To remove a background from an image:

  1. Select the image.
  2. In the right panel, click Remove background.

Cutting out a part of an image

You can cut out part of an image so it becomes a new image layer that you can adjust as you like.

To cut out a part of an image:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Press Enter to enable Edit mode.
  3. Choose one of the selection tools that show up below the image:
    • Scissors. With scissors, you can make a selection with any shape (rectangle, ellipse, triangle, etc.) by selecting the shape on the toolbar or pressing the corresponding shape shortcut.
    • Freeform lasso. With the freeform lasso, draw freehand selections on parts of the image, just like with the Pencil tool. To close the selection border, just release the mouse button.
    • Polygon lasso. Use the polygonal lasso to make selections using paths, similar to using the Pen tool. To disable snapping while drawing the selection, hold down Ctrl / .
  4. Once you have an area selected:
    • Press Delete to remove it completely.
    • Move the selection to where you want it to be. In this case, Lunacy creates a vector shape with an image fill that corresponds to your selection and automatically fills the emptied area with the color that’s prevalent along the selection border.

Image filters

Change the hue, saturation, contrast, and other properties of your images.

To do this:

  1. Select one or several image layers.
  2. Click + next to Image filters in the right panel.
  3. Drag the sliders to adjust the image.

These adjustments are all reversible. You can discard all changes and restore the original image by clicking the Reset values () button next to the section header.