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Canva: Adding Text

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Two types of text options are available in Canva: custom, and text templates. 

To add text to a design:
  1. Click the “Text” tab from the column to the left.
  2. Select a text option. A new text box will be added to the design.
    • The top three options are for custom text boxes. The remaining text templates include preformatted stylizing. 
      types of text
  3. Click within the text box to modify the text within it.
  4. Use the options in the Toolbar above the Canvas to change the text styles, such as font, color, and size. See more details in the section below.

Toolbar Options


1. Font
2. Size
3. Color
4. Weight (bold, italics, underline, uppercase)
5. Alignment
6. Lists
7. Spacing
8. Effects


1. Position: change the alignment of the content on the Canvas, as well as the layer order.
2. Copy style: copy the formatting of the selected content, which can be pasted onto other content.
3. Transparency: adjust the transparency, which will make the content more or less see-through.
4. Link
5. Lock: lock the content in place. This prevents it from being accidentally moved.
6. Duplicate
7. Delete

Additional Editing Options
  • Resize: select the text box, then click-and-drag one of the white handles that appears along the border.
  • Reposition: select the text box, then click-and-drag from inside the box to a new location.
  • Rotate: select the text box, then click-and-drag the white rotation handle left-or-right.
additional editing options examples

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Keywords:Canva, Graphic Design, social media, editor, images   Doc ID:110124
Owner:Tommy S.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2021-04-06 10:13 PDTUpdated:2021-05-12 13:31 PDT
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