How To Highlight Text In Canva

Canva, a popular graphic design tool, allows users to create stunning visuals with ease, even without any design background. A crucial part of creating attractive designs is effective text highlighting, which emphasizes key points and information in your design. This blog post will guide you step-by-step on how to highlight text in Canva.

Step 1: Open Your Design in Canva

Log into your Canva account and open the design where you want to highlight text. If you’re starting a new design, select a template that suits your needs.

Step 2: Select The Text

Click on the text box containing the text you want to highlight. A toolbar will appear at the top of the design page, offering various text formatting options.

Step 3: Highlight the Text

Unfortunately, Canva does not have a straightforward text highlight function, but there’s a neat workaround using the “Elements” feature.

Here is a simple step-by-step:

  • Go to the Elements tab on the left side of the screen.
  • Type square in the search bar.
  • Select a square and adjust its size so it covers the text you want to highlight.
  • Change the color of the square to your desired highlight color.
  • Click on Position in the top right corner of the screen and select Backward to move the square behind your text.

This will make it look as if your text is being highlighted. Don’t forget to adjust the transparency of the square to make the text clearly visible.


While Canva doesn’t have a built-in function for text highlighting, the flexibility of its features allows for a creative workaround. With the use of basic shapes and layering, you can effectively highlight your text and add emphasis where needed. Happy designing!