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Create a magazine cover nobody can take their eyes off

You’ve made a mark in your industry if you land the cover of a magazine. Even in an age where anything can get an online feature, the curated content of magazine is full of integrity and credibility. The cover would be the money maker that captures your feature story and unifies everything else in your release.

If you’re the editor-in-chief of an awesome publication in any field, Canva has just the cover design template for you. And with our tools and easy-to-navigate interface, you can even customize it according to your particular brand of editorial savvy.

How to make a magazine cover

Open a New Magazine Cover Design

Open up Canva and search for "Magazine Cover" to start designing your next edition's cover.

Find templates for every magazine cover theme you can imagine, including food, teen, travel, fashion, sports, weddings and more. Filter your search by style, theme and more then start customizing.

Make sure your magazine cover truly reflects your contents tweaking everything from text boxes to color combinations and typography. It’s so easy; all it takes is a few clicks!

Take advantage of our massive media library filled with millions of free and premium stock images, illustrations and vectors. Plus use our editing tools to adjust your photo, add filters, crop or resize as needed.

Happy with the result? Download and save your magazine cover as a PNG, JPG or PDF file. Share it on all your social media accounts to get build more interest for your upcoming edition!

Open a New Magazine Cover Design

Save time creating a magazine cover and make time for more content

You know what they say — content is king! But if you’re a one-man editorial team self-publishing your magazine, it may be a bit difficult to balance the quality of your content and design. Now you can make time for both quality content and quality design with Canva’s selection of professional magazine cover templates!

Whether you’re creating that magazine for a class or for publication in your subdivision; whether you’re publishing in the name of fashion or sports, we have design templates that can fit in any genre. If you have a few ideas of your own, you may customize the template with Canva’s easy drag-and-drop interface!

Upload your own photo or illustration to complete your amazing magazine cover

Magazines(opens in a new tab or window) are highly visual creatures both in print and digital publication. That’s why in most commercial magazines, there’s almost always a celebrity looking out at you from under the masthead. While your magazine doesn’t require a Hollywood personality to grace the cover, it would need an attention-grabbing visual.

Upload your stunning photos or your personal designs to serve as the main visual for your amazing cover! Simply click on the uploads tab on the left-hand side of your editor and either upload your image file or drag it from your desktop — easy as pie! You can even use your phone or tablet to design on the go. Just download Canva’s apps for iOS and Android from the App Store or Google Play for free.

Collaborate with your team for a synergetic magazine design

That feature story most probably doesn’t look as good as it does without the help of a few friends or colleagues. The collaboration doesn’t have to end there! You may also call out for a few willing design hands to lend you their expertise. Or you can ask your friends to pitch in with their ideas and concepts.

Each of your team member’s ideas will be given the chance to shine, not only with Canva’s collaboration feature, but also with our wide selection of design elements where they can find a visual form for any of their concepts.

Print out your magazine cover in stunning high resolution or publish it online

After designing, simply load up your magazine cover or your full magazine and download as high-quality PDF. Send it off the file to a print professional to get your magazine ready for your excited readers!

You may also share your publication online! Just open your design file in Canva and paste your email guest list right into our “Share” feature. You can even share your magazine on Facebook and X (Twitter) right from the comforts of your Canva page.


A magazine cover needs to be bold, consistent, socially shareable and colorful. It makes good use of white space, photography, typography and headlines. It includes a central image or photograph and the magazine logo and issue number. It may include titles of pieces or other text.

A great magazine front cover may have:

  • A strong focal point
  • Bright colors that pop
  • A visual hierarchy and balance
  • Adventurous typography
  • Contrasting light and textures
  • 3D texts behind and in front of images
  • Combos of photography and drawing
  • Emphasis with fonts and backgrounds
  • Brand consistency

You can easily upload your own photo or image onto your magazine front cover by using your design editing software. You can even drag the image from your desktop onto your design. Once you have your picture in place, you can experiment by adding other graphics and features.

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