How To See Layers In Canva

Are you having trouble viewing layers in Canva? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The process can be a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with Canva’s interface. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to easily view layers in Canva.

What are Layers in Canva?

First, let’s understand what layers are and why they’re important. In graphic design, layers are like transparent sheets stacked on top of each other. Each element you add to your design creates a new layer that can be individually manipulated without affecting the other layers. This allows you to create complex designs easily and methodically.

Step-by-step Guide to Viewing Layers in Canva

Step 1: Open Your Design

Start by opening the Canva design you want to work with. If you’re starting a new design, just add a few elements so that you’ll have some layers to work with.

Step 2: Select the ‘Position’ Icon

On the top right corner of your Canva workspace, you’ll find an icon labeled ‘Position’. Click on this icon to open a dropdown menu. This menu gives you options to control the position of the selected element on your canvas.

Step 3: Viewing the Layers

The ‘Position’ dropdown menu doesn’t show the layers explicitly, but you can see the order of the layers by using ‘Forward’ and ‘Backward’ options. The element that is on the top is the one that’s ‘In front’ and the one at the bottom is ‘To back’.

Step 4: Manipulating Layers

You can move elements forward or backward in the layers to achieve the desired effect. For example, if you have a text layer that you want to appear on top of an image, you would select the text layer, and then click ‘Forward’ until it appears over the image.


Though Canva doesn’t have a specific panel or option to view layers like some other design software, the ‘Position’ menu allows you to control the order of elements and thus manipulate layers. With a bit of practice, you’ll find handling layers in Canva a breeze.

Remember, the key to effective graphic design is experimentation. Don’t be afraid to adjust your layers and try different arrangements until you achieve your perfect design. Happy designing!