Adding a watermark to your designs in Canva is a simple process that can help protect your work and ensure that others don’t use it without your permission. A watermark is a translucent or semi-transparent image or text that is placed over your design to indicate ownership or copyright.
Here’s how to add a watermark to your designs in Canva:
Before you add the watermark, let us first create the watermark image in Canva.
If the watermark image is ready with you or if you wish to add your logo itself as a watermark, then skip to step #6 in this tutorial.
Now let’s create the image that you can use as a watermark.
Step 1. Open a blank new design page with a custom design size of your choice. Click on the “Create a design” button at the top right side of your screen, and then select the “Custom size” option that is available at the bottom as shown in this screenshot.
Step 2. For this tutorial, we have entered 300 as the width and 75 as the length of the new design. After entering the values, go ahead with the “Create new design” option.
Step 3. A new blank design page will open in a new tab. Now add a text box to the design by following the steps highlighted in the below screenshot. You need to click on the “Text” option from the left side editor panel, add a heading or subheading text box, increase or decrease the font size as required, and position the text box to the center of the design.
Step 4. Once you typed the required text for the watermark image, then you click on the “Share” button at the top right of the screen, then select the “Download” option as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 5. Now choose the File type from the dropdown. We recommend you to choose PNG for better quality of the watermark image. Now select the “Transparent background” option to ensure the watermark image you download is transparent.
Note that this option is available only for Canva Pro users. If you are Canva free user, then you may have to use third party online tools to make the watermark image transparent. Now click on the “Download” button to download the watermark image.
Once you follow these steps, you will have a watermark image ready as per your watermark text requirement.
Now upload the downloaded watermark image back to a Canva folder of your choice.
Step 6. Open the Canva design to which you want to add the watermark. For this tutorial, we have opened DFY Canva template related to real estate niche to which we wish to add the watermark.
Step 7. Now drag and drop the watermark image onto the design. Move the watermark element to the appropriate location on the design canvas. Optionally, rotate the watermark image to cover the maximum portion of the design as demonstrated in the below screenshot.
Step 8. As a next step, click on the “Transparency” option available at the top right side of the toolbar to adjust the opacity. Choose the percentage of transparency for the watermark image such that the watermark is visible but does not detract from the design.
Once you set the percentage of transparency, duplicate the watermark image multiple times and place them across the design as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 9. Group the watermark images to ensure that they stay in place.
Now your Canva design is ready to download or shared with the watermark added to it. You can use the created watermark image to whichever design you want to have the watermark.
Some additional tips for adding a watermark to your designs in Canva:
- Use a subtle watermark that does not distract from the main content of your design.
- Consider adding your name or logo as the watermark to help promote your brand.
- If you are using an image as the watermark, make sure that it is high-quality and does not pixelate or distort when resized.
FAQs related to adding watermark in Canva
Below are a couple of commonly asked questions related to adding a watermark in Canva.
How to add a watermark to a photo in Canva?
To add a watermark to a photo in Canva, you can follow the same steps we discussed till now in this tutorial. However, instead of adding the watermark to a design, you may want to add the watermark to your photo as shown in the below screenshot.
You can place the watermark at one of the corners and if you think someone can misuse it by cropping the photo, you can also add the watermark at the center of the image with added opacity as shown in the above screenshot.
How to add watermark logo on Canva?
In the above tutorial we have used text based image as watermark image. However, if you wish to use your business logo itself as a watermark, then follow the above tutorial from step #6 to add your logo as a watermark in Canva.
How do I make a transparent watermark in Canva?
As discussed previously in this tutorial, you can select the option “Transparent background” while downloading the watermark image that you create in Canva. Alternately, you can also upload your watermark image in Canva, and select “Background Remover” option available under the “Edit image” that appears after you select an image.
Does Canva have a watermark remover?
No, Canva doesn’t have a watermark remover tool. You may use other tools available online if you want to remove the watermark.
If you are trying to remove the “Canva” watermark on pro elements, then you have to upgrade your Canva account from free to “Pro” version and all the watermarks on the pro elements will be removed automatically.
In conclusion, adding a watermark to your designs in Canva can help protect your work and ensure that it is not used without your permission.
By following the simple steps outlined above and using the additional tips shared, you can easily add a watermark to your designs (or photos) and promote your brand at the same time.