How to Easily Add a Text Box in Canva

If you're new to Canva, you might not know how to easily add a text box yet. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's actually a simple process that can be completed in just a few clicks! In this Canva tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of adding a text box in Canva utilizing their user-friendly interface, as well as providing some customization tips to help make your unique designs stand out. 

Canva text box on laptop

To get started, simply log in to your Canva account and either select the design you want to work on that's already present or start fresh and create a new design. Once you're in the design editor, you'll see a menu on the left-hand side of the screen. This side panel is where you'll find the Text tool, which you can use to add a text box to your design.

The good news is that adding and customizing a text box is very easy to do in Canva. With just a few clicks, you can change the font, size, color, and style of your text to make it stand out and fit your unique design style. So, whether you're creating a posters, business cards, social media graphics, or any other digital product you'll find that using text in your design is an essential part of the process.

Getting Started with Canva

If you're new to Canva, getting started is super easy. Here are a few things you need to know to start creating your first designs.

Creating an Account

Before you can start using Canva, you'll need to create an account. You can either sign up for the free version of Canva or upgrade to the paid version with Canva Pro to access additional elements and features. For the purpose of creating a text box though, a free account will work just fine. Once you've created an account, you can begin designing using Canva's website on your desktop or by downloading Canva's mobile app on your mobile device.

Understanding the Interface

The Canva interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. On the left side of the screen, you'll see the sidebar with various design elements such as text, images, and graphics. On the right side of the screen, you'll see your design canvas. The top menu bar includes options to save, share, and export your design.

Adding and Customizing Text Box

Let's go over the available options for adding and customizing a text box in Canva. 

Adding a Text Box: A Step-by-Step Process

To add a text box in Canva, here's a few simple steps you can follow:

  1. Click on the “Text” button in the editor side panel.
  2. Click on the “Add a text box” button at the top of the panel.
  3. Alternatively, you can simply press T on your keyboard to quickly create a new text box.
  4. A plain text box with some default text will appear on the canvas.
  5. Double-click inside the text box to replace the text with your own message.

Choosing Fonts and Colors

Choosing the right font type and text color is essential when creating your design to suit your unique style. Canva offers a lot of options for fonts and colors to choose from. Here's how you can customize your text box:

  1. Click on the text box you want to customize.
  2. Click on the “Font” dropdown menu to choose a font style.
  3. Click on the “Color” dropdown menu to choose a color for your text.
  4. You can also use the color picker tool to select a custom color.
  5. To change the font size, click on the font size shown and select a size.

Adjusting Size, Spacing and Alignment

Adjusting the size, spacing, and alignment of your text box is important to ensure that your design looks balanced and visually appealing. Here's how you can do it in Canva:

  1. Click on the text box you want to adjust.
  2. Click and drag the corners of the text box to resize it.
  3. Use the “Spacing” icon (shown with three lines and vertical arrow) to adjust the space between the letters, words, and lines of your text.
  4. To align your text box, click on the “Align” icon (shown with four lines) and select the desired alignment option.

Adding Borders Using Shapes

Adding borders to your text box can help it stand out and add visual interest to your design. Here's how you can add borders to your text box in Canva:

  1. Click on the “Elements” button in the left-hand menu.
  2. Select the “Shapes” category and click on the shape you want to add to use as your border.
  3. Click on the shape, adjust its size and move it over your text box. 
  4. Select the background color. You can also set it to be transparent if you don't want to select a color.
  5. To add a border to your shape, click on the “Border” icon and select the desired border style and color.
  6. Make sure your shape is positioned behind your text by clicking the “Position” button on the top right-hand side of the menu and moving it behind the text box accordingly.

Advanced Text Box Techniques

If you're looking to add a little extra pizzazz to your text boxes, Canva offers a variety of features to help you out. Here are a few to help you get started:

Using Font Pairs

One way to make your text boxes stand out is by using font pairs. This is where you create two text boxes and use a different font in each. Canva offers a wide range of fonts to choose from, so you can mix and match them to create a unique look. When choosing fonts, make sure they complement each other and are easy to read. Play around with them to find the best font pairing that suits your design style.

Applying Canva Text Effects and Styles

Canva also offers various effects and styles that you can apply to your text boxes. You can make your text bold, underline it, or italicize it for emphasis using the options on the top menu bar. To add more impactful effects, click the “Effects” button to do things like add a shadow effect to create depth or curve your text to follow a specific shape.

Animating Your Text Box

Animating your text box is a great way to grab attention in your design. Canva offers a range of animation options, such as drift, fade, and typewriter. You can also adjust the speed and direction of the animation to suit your design needs.

Remember to use these techniques in moderation and ensure that they complement your overall design. Don't overdo it with too many effects or fonts, as this can make your design cluttered and difficult to read.

So, take some time to experiment with what you've learned here today to see what works best for your design. There is no end to the creativity you can bring to your designs using these techniques and features!

Wait – There's More?!

As we wrap up our exploration of the different options Canva offers for editing text, remember that this is just the beginning. If you're eager to learn more and enhance your Canva skillset, I highly recommend checking out these Canva tips and tricks. Here you'll find a post that's packed with insightful advice and advanced techniques totake your designs to the next level.

Also, if you're specifically interested in learning more about designing printables, I invite you to join my free Facebook community, Profits with Printables. It's a vibrant space where like-minded individuals gather to share ideas, insights, and inspiration about creating their printables. There's always something new to learn in the ever-changing world of digital products and we're excited to explore it together. We can't wait to see you in the community! Happy designing!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add a text box in Canva?

To add a text box in Canva, click on the Text option in the side menu. Then, click on the “Add a text box” button at the top of the panel. Alternatively, you can press the “T” key on your keyboard. A basic text box with some default text will appear on the canvas. To replace the default text, double-click inside the text box and type out your message.

How can I add text to a photo in Canva?

To add text to a photo in Canva, first, upload your photo to Canva. Then, click on the Text option in the side menu and choose the text style you want to use. After that, drag and drop the text box onto your photo. You can then resize and position the text box as needed. Finally, double-click inside the text box and type out your message.

What is the process to add text to a JPG in Canva?

To add text to a JPG in Canva, first, upload your JPG to Canva. Then, click on the Text option in the side menu and choose the text style you want to use. After that, drag and drop the text box onto your JPG. You can then resize and position the text box as needed. Finally, double-click inside the text box and type out your message.

Is there a way to connect text boxes in Canva?

Yes, you can connect text boxes in Canva using the “Link & Publish” feature. First, create the text boxes you want to connect. Then, select the first text box and click on the “Link & Publish” button in the top right corner of the screen. Next, click on the “Add Link” button and select the second text box. Finally, click on the “Create Link” button to connect the two text boxes.

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