Text Effects in Canva – FAQs

If you are someone who loves designing graphics, creating social media posts, or designing presentations, you have most likely heard of Canva.

Canva is a popular user-friendly graphic design tool with many features that allow you to create stunning designs. One of the most useful features of Canva is the text box feature.

Text boxes will enable you to add and manipulate text in your designs, and they are a crucial tool for creating professional-looking designs.

In this blog post, we will be answering some frequently asked questions related to the text box feature in Canva so that you can easily create beautiful designs.

Once you open a new or existing design, you can see a side editor panel. Check for an icon named “Text” and click on it. You will be presented with multiple text options like “add a text box,” “Add a heading,” etc. Click on any option to add a text box to your Canva design.

Adding Text Box in Canva

Check this tutorial to add a border to a text box in Canva.

Select the text box which you wish to align. You see a small popup bar with ellipsis (three dots) as one of the options. Click on the ellipsis option to see a menu with “Align to page” as one of the options. You need to select this “Align to page” option to see different alignment options for your text box. Choose your preferred text box alignment option from the available options.

how to align text boxes in Canva

Check this step-by-step tutorial to add background color to text in Canva.

Read our step-by-step tutorial to group text boxes in Canva.

Right now, there is no direct option to enable indent in Canva. However, keep the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph and add space until you get the indented effect.

how to indent in canva text box

Here is a detailed tutorial to add outline to text in Canva.

To increase or decrease the size of the text box, select and drag the circular holder at the corner of the text box. The circular holder appears when you select the text box.

how to resize text box in canva

To move text boxes, click on the text box to select it first. Once the text box is selected, move the text box by pressing and holding your computer mouse.

To rotate the text box, select it by clicking on it. Now you see a small circular rotate icon near the text box. Click & hold on this circular rotate icon & move the mouse to rotate the text box. You can rotate the text box both in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. You can see the degree of rotation to help you rotate the text box to the required angle.

rotate text box in canva

Open the design to which you wish to add the check box. Go to the “Elements” section in the left side editor panel and search for “Check box” in the top search box. You need to select “Graphics” to filter the search results and see the checkboxes available in Canva.

adding check box in canva

When you have multiple elements in your design, it is common that the text box might be behind some elements. To bring the text box forward, you first select the text box and right-click to see a popup menu. Go to the “Arrange” option within the menu, and you will see options like “Bring forward,” “Bring to front,” etc. Choose your desired option to bring the text box forward.

how to bring a text box forward in canva

As a first step, select the text box you wish to make lowercase. Then click on the “Uppercase” icon from the top toolbar to make the text uppercase or double-click it to make the text lowercase. This option converts the lowercase letters in the text box to uppercase.

make text box lower case in canva

However, if the text box already has letters pre-written in upper case, this feature will not turn them back to lowercase. You may have to make them lowercase manually.

You need to select the text boxes and click on the “delete” icon in the popup menu. If you don’t get a popup, you need to right-click after selecting the text box to get a menu with an option to delete the text box. Alternatively, you can also click the “Delete” button on your keyboard after selecting the text box to delete it.

delete text box in canva

Select the text box, and click on the “Transparency” option available at the right side of the top toolbar. You see an option to adjust the transparency/opacity of the text box, where you can set the opacity from 0-100 percentage.

how to make text box opaque canva

Once you open a new or existing design, you will be able to see a side editor panel. Check for an icon named “Text” and click on it. You will have multiple options like “add a text box,” “Add a heading,” etc. Click on any option to add a text box to your Canva design.

Adding Text Box in Canva

You won’t be able to move the text boxes if they are locked. So check if the text box you are trying to move is locked. Click on the unlock icon to move the text box.

why can't i move text boxes in canva.

Canva allows you to add alt text to media, images and elements. To add alt text to images, right click on the image and you see a menu with multiple options. One of the options is “Alternative text” as shown in the below screenshot.

How to add alt text in canva

After clicking on the “Alternative text” option, you see a text box with 250 characters limit to enter the alt text.

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