Canva is a graphic design tool that even non-designers use to make awesome designs. If you are one of such non-designers or a designer but new to Canva then you may be looking for an answer to the question “How to make a gradient in Canva”?

A gradient is ideal for usage in digital or print projects. A gradient’s charm is that it can be used with nearly any hue – whether neutral or bold, a gradient is always a smart choice. A gradient is a combination of two or more colors or two tones of the same color.

Adding a gradient to your design may give it a more natural feel, and you can also experiment with color to create an inspired aesthetic.

Understanding how to make a gradient in Canva is an excellent approach to adding subtle design flare.

This article will demonstrate how to make a Canva gradient or how to add a gradient to an existing Canva design.

How to create a gradient in Canva

Here is a step by step guide in a video format to show you how to create different forms of gradients in Canva

How to make a gradient that fades to transparent in Canva

Here is a video illustrating how to create a gradient that fades to transparent in Canva.

To make a gradient in Canva, first create your design in Canva. While a gradient is most commonly applied over a photo, you can use it over the entire design. Or you can create layers by adding a gradient over the background then layer text and other elements over the top of that.

  • Next, drag and drop the picture from the previous step to maximize it and make it the fixed background.
  • Then, under the elements tab, look for and add a “gradient.” This element should be placed on top of the backdrop layer containing the picture.
  • Reduce the Transparency of the Gradient Overlay

The final step is to make your pink rectangle more transparent. I reduced the transparency from 100 to 80 for the sake of this example.

  • Increase the Gradient Overlay Size

The gradient overlay’s size should then be increased. Drag the rectangle’s boundaries until the rectangle completely covers the image.

  • In case you feel like changing the gradient colors, you can click on the color icon on the top menu. U can change both colors to suit your preference.

You may be interested in this previous post as well:

How to make a gradient background in Canva

You can also create gradient backgrounds for your designs in Canva. Here is a video that shows you exactly how to create your own gradient backgrounds.

How to customize the color of a Gradient in Canva

Canva by default provides you with some gradients. However, there are times that you like a particular gradient template but not the colors combined. In such cases, you would like to customize the color of the gradient.

In this video, you will learn how to customize the color of a gradient in Canva.

Frequently asked questions

Can you add a gradient in Canva?

To add the gradient element to your design, click it. Drag the gradient’s corners to ensure that it covers the entire image. Select the gradient and go to “Position” in the top right menu to send it to the rear as many times as you need to have it appear in the background.

How do you do a gradient fade in Canva?

Canva provides a few pre-made gradient choices. Simply navigate to “elements” and then “gradient.” The purple fading gradient square should be towards the bottom of the array of selections. That is the gradient we will utilize for this use case (it is called “gradient that fades to transparency”).

How do you make a gradient text in Canva?

You may move it across the page by dragging it, or you can go to the ‘Location’ menu and choose a position for the text. Now, on the left, navigate to the Elements tab and search for ‘Gradients’ in the elements. You may utilize Canva’s gradient components in a variety of colors and patterns. You may also change the color of a gradient.

How do you blend in Canva?

This tool has the appearance of a fading checkered tool and is located between the Copy Style button and the hyperlink icon. When you click the Transparency button, a slider will appear. Drag the slider to the left until the photo “blends” into the backdrop.

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