10+ Canva keyboard shortcuts to help you create images faster!

Would you like a low-cost and quick tool to create graphics for your social media channels or website?

Did you know Canva offers free templates and images for just $1.

Are you aware that there are Canva keyboard shortcuts?

With the shift towards visual marketing for businesses, you can now create graphics for your social networks such as FacebookTwitter or Pinterest using Canva and save a lot of time (and money).

In this article you’ll find 10+ Canva keyboard shortcuts to help you create graphics faster.

Canva vs. Adobe Photoshop

Do you remember when you needed Adobe Photoshop if you wanted to create graphics for your business? Not only was it expensive, but it had a very steep learning curve. With new tools like Canva, you can create graphics for:

  • Social networks
  • Facebook news feed images
  • Facebook Ads
  • Twitter Ads
  • Blog
  • Custom dimensions
  • And more

The difference is that with Canva, it doesn’t take much time or cost very much – most images are free.

Canva also doesn’t have a steep learning curve and has become a tool I use regularly for projects.

They also include a lot of pre-built templates you can work from or create your own in just a few minutes.

Besides making it easy to create graphics, Canva also includes a number of hidden keyboard shortcuts.

These shortcuts combined with a drag-and-drop interface make Canva a tool you want in your toolbox.

Canva keyboard shortcuts

I’ve included animated GIFs for using these Canva keyboard shortcuts. If they don’t load, please click the image.

1. Convert all text to uppercase

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Capitalize all letters at once

Use Command + Shift + K to capitalize all letters at once in Canva.

In Canva, let’s say you want to convert all of the text to uppercase.

Instead of selecting the text and re-typing it out, you can use this keyboard shortcut instead.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + Shift + K

2. Add a border on text

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Add a border

Use Option + Shift + B to add a border around a text element in Canva.

Quickly add a border around any piece of text with the following Canva keyboard shortcut.

First, select the text box you want to add a border around.

Next, use the following keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Option (or Alt)  + Shift + B

3. Increase the size of the border

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Increase border width

Increase the border width in Canva by pressing Option + Shift + Equal.

To increase the size of the border you have added in Canva, use this keyboard shortcut.

Select the object with a border.

Then use these keys.

Shortcut: Option (or Alt) + Shift + Equals sign

4. Decrease the size of the border

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Decrease border width

Decrease the border width in Canva by pressing Option + Shift + Minus.

To decrease the size of the border you have added in Canva, use this keyboard shortcut.

Select the object with a border.

Then use these keys.

Shortcut: Option (or Alt) + Shift + Minus sign

5. Quickly switch between elements on different layers

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Alternate between layers

Press and hold Command and click on items in a layer to alternate between the items.

To switch between layers in a stack, use this Canva keyboard shortcut.

First, select the object you want to move.

Next, use the following keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Press and hold the command (or Control) key.

Keep clicking until you are on the desired layer.

6. Move layers forward and backwards

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Move layer

Use Command + ] or Command + [ to move a layer forward or backward in Canva. You can also use the up arrow or down arrow as well.

To move layers forward or backward in a stack, use the following Canva keyboard shortcut.

First, select the object you want to move.

Next, use the following keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + [ or Command (or Control) + ].

You can also substitute the up or down arrows for the brackets in Canva.

7. Display a grid in Canva

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Display a grid

Display a grid to make it easier to align images in Canva by pressing Command + ;

Make it easy to align objects on your image in Canva using by applying a grid to your workspace.

Note: if you have an image in front of your canvas, you may need to move it to see the grid.

Start creating an image in Canva.

Then use this keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + ;

8. Undo an edit

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Undo

Undo a mistake in Canva by pressing Command + Z.

Did you make a mistake in Canva?

Instead of reloading the page and starting from scratch, use this keyboard shortcut to undo your changes.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + Z

To redo an edit, use Command (or Control) + Shift + Z

9. Duplicate a layer

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Duplicate a layer

Duplicate a layer in Canva by using the keyboard shortcut, Command + C and Command + V

If you need to duplicate a layer, use this Canva keyboard shortcut.

This shortcut works great if you want to duplicate a text layer without having to redo the font, font size, and color.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + C to copy. Command (or Control) + V to paste.

10. Constrain proportions on images

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Constrain image

Constrain an image when resizing. Hold down the Shift key and drag in Canva.

When re-sizing objects in Canva, you can constrain the proportions with this keyboard shortcut.

First, select the layer you want to work with.

Next, hold the shift key and drag in the direction you want to scale your image.

Shortcut: Shift key

11. Delete an item

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Delete

Quickly delete items in Canva by clicking on an object and pressing the delete key.

Don’t waste time clicking on an object and going to the pop-up delete button.

Instead, you can select an item you want to delete and press the delete key.

Shortcut: Delete key

12. Move multiple images

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Select multiple layers

Select multiple layers in Canva by pressing Shift + Click

Do you need to move multiple images at one time?

Don’t spend time moving them individually, that’s a waste of time.

Instead, use this keyboard shortcut in Canva to select just the ones you want to move.

Shortcut: Shift + Click

Once you have all of the items selected, you can drag them to their new position.

13. Select all objects in Canva

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Select all objects

Select all objects in Canva by pressing Command + A.

Do you want to select everything in your Canva project at once?

Don’t spend time selecting items individually. That wastes a lot of time.

Instead, launch your Canva project and use this keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + A

You can also use this keyboard shortcut to quickly move images in Canva.

14. Move an object in increments

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Incremental move

Move an object in increments by pressing Shift + arrows.

Do you need to move an object?

You can quickly move objects in Canva in 10 pixel increments.

Select the object to move and use this keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Shift + arrow keys

15. Nudge an object

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Nudge object

Nudge an object in Canva by using the arrow keys.

Would you like to move an object a small amount?

To nudge an object one pixel, select the object and use these keys.

Shortcut: Up arrow, Down arrow, Left arrow, Right arrow

16. Search for photos in Canva

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Search

Quickly search from your Canva project with the keyboard shortcut Command + /.

Don’t leave your project in Canva to search for photos.

Use this keyboard shortcut to find them quickly.

Shortcut: Command + /

17. Zoom in

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Zoom in

Zoom in on your Canva project by pressing Command and =.

Do you need to zoom in to your Canva project?

Use this keyboard shortcut to zoom in to your Canva project so that you can view the details of your project.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + =

18. Zoom out

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Zoom out

Zoom out in your Canva project by pressing Command and – key.

Do you need to zoom out of your Canva project?

Use this keyboard shortcut get a view of the bigger picture in Canva.

Shortcut: Command (or Control) + –

19. Adding a textbox

Canva keyboard shortcuts - Add new textbox

Add a new textbox in Canva by pressing the T key.

This last Canva keyboard shortcut is courtesy of Canva CEO, Melanie Perkins who mentioned it in the comments of this post.

If you want to add a new textbox to your Canva project, you can use this Canva keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut: Press the T key

Over to you

As you get used to using Canva, try to use the Canva keyboard shortcuts.

By using these keyboard shortcuts, you can save yourself a lot of time when creating images, ads and more.

Question:  Besides the Canva keyboard shortcuts I listed, what other keyboard shortcuts would you like to see added to Canva?

  • http://angelajford.com Angela Ford

    Excellent post! I love using Canva but was not aware of the keyboard shortcuts. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Thanks @angelaford:disqus. I’ve been using Canva and their shortcuts for a while. They definitely help save time.

      Do you have a favorite shortcut from the list you think you’ll use a lot?

      • http://angelajford.com Angela Ford

        Most likely #2 I do a lot with text!

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @angelaford:disqus, you should check out the secret one @melanieperkins:disqus mentioned in the comments. I think that one will help out a lot too.

          • http://angelajford.com Angela Ford

            Great tip @melanieperkins:disqus it will certainly help out!

  • Andrew Colwell

    Thanks Christian for writing this post. Really enjoy using Canva and the keyboard shorcuts will make it even easier 🙂

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @andrewcolwell:disqus, you’re very welcome! I hope they roll out more shortcuts.

      Are there any specific shortcuts you would like to see them add?

      • Andrew Colwell

        Great question Christian. Hmmmm I can’t think about any more shortcuts that I would like. How about you?

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @andrewcolwell:disqus, how about a keyboard shortcut to apply a specific filter? Maybe toggle between the filters that are available? For example, Black and white, Sepia,etc.

          • Andrew Colwell

            I like them Christian. Go tell Canva now!

          • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

            Sent! @andrewcolwell:disqus. Just a heads up if you have suggestions you can send them to Canva here: social@canva.com.

          • Andrew Colwell

            Super. Thanks for sharing Christian. Have a great weekend.

          • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

            You too @andrewcolwell:disqus. When you have a chance, let me know if the animated GIFs in the post worked for you.

  • Melanie Perkins

    Great post Christian! Here’s another secret one – if you type ‘t’ without being in a text box, a new text box will automatically be placed on your page 🙂

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Thanks for stopping by, @melanieperkins:disqus. It means a lot to me to have the founder of Canva commenting on my post 🙂

      I didn’t know you could type ‘t’ to get a new textbox. That one will definitely come in handy!

  • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

    @angelaford:disqus, @andrewcolwell:disqus, I added in some additional keyboard shortcuts in addition to the one @melanieperkins:disqus mentioned. Now we’re up to 16 Canva keyboard shortcuts.

  • http://www.yvonneadele.com Yvonne Adele

    Hi there.. changed my life with some of these shortcuts, thanks so much! Bookmarking this page for sure. I still can’t work out if there are any shortcuts for selecting a word at a time using the keyboard – you would use Command + arrow keys in Word but it doesn’t work.. no combination works that I can work out.. Say you have your cursor in the middle of a line of text and you want to select the next three words using the keyboard. anyone know how to do this?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Thanks @yvonneadele:disqus. As far as selecting a word at a time, there isn’t a way that I’m aware of. I also wanted to mention you should check out my other blog. I think you’ll like some of the content there. http://www.socialchefs.com/blog

  • Nasal Explorer

    Not a shorcut, but I noticed I can drag images directly from Windows Explorer onto the Canva page. This is much faster than going through the regular upload process. However, it wouldn’t allow me to drag an image from a web page into Canva.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Thanks for sharing that tip @disqus_O3yUz5t1Tg:disqus. That’s very useful. You likely can’t drag and image from a web page because it can’t interpret the path to the photo.

  • coletteplumley

    Thanks for the tips. Do you know how to change the color of an added text border so the border and the text are different colors?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @coletteplumley:disqus, I think that will depend on the element you are using. Some elements don’t let you change the color at all, while others take on the color of the text. An alternative solution would be to add just the text – with no border around it. Then add a square (or whatever shape you want). Make the text one color. Add a border color to the shape. Don’t add a fill color. Then position it around the text in Canva. You now have text and a border that are two independent colors.