How To Add Colors To Canva

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Canva is an excellent resource for producing high-quality graphics, whether for a social media post, invitation, poster, or business card. Adding color is a key component in making your designs shine on Canva, and this tutorial will guide you through the process.

Note: This guide assumes you already have a Canva account and know the basics of how to use it. If you’re completely new to Canva, you might want to start with some beginner tutorials first.

Step 1: Open your Design

First, you’ll need to open the design that you want to add color to. From the Canva homepage, click on the “All your designs” option in the left-hand sidebar. This will bring up a gallery of all your previous designs. Click on the one you want to work with to open it.

Step 2: Select the Element

Next, you need to select the element you want to add color to. This could be a piece of text, a shape, a background, etc. Just click on the element to select it.

Step 3: Open the Color Menu

With the element selected, you’ll notice the toolbar at the top of the screen changes to show options specific to that element. Click on the colored square – this is the color menu.

Step 4: Choose a Color

In the color menu, you’ll see a range of colors you can choose from. You can either select one of the default colors, or you can click on the “+” sign in the color menu to open a color wheel and choose a custom color. If you know the exact color code you want to use, you can enter it in the box at the bottom of the color wheel.

Step 5: Apply the Color

Once you’ve chosen your color, simply click off the color menu to apply the color to your selected element. And voila! You’ve added color to your Canva design.


Adding color to your Canva designs is a simple yet powerful way to make your designs stand out. Follow these steps to add a pop of color to your next design. Happy creating!