Create a Feature-Worthy Magazine Cover

Atract more readers and get them to read cover-to-cover with a compelling magazine cover design that makes an impact.


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.

Craft newsstand quality magazine covers in a snap

  1. Open Canva and select the “Magazine Cover” design type
  2. Choose from our library of professional graphic design elements such as banners, icons, frames and more.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.

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 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 Twitter right from the comforts of your Canva page.


Designing in Canva is free! Our library of layouts has been created by awesome designers, making it as simple as a few clicks for you to create a professional design. If you use your own images in your design, the entire process will be free.

You can also choose from Canva’s library of over 1 million images, graphics, and illustrations. Many of these images are also free, while the rest are all priced at just $1.

Yes we do! Our diverse stock library includes over 1 million stock images, graphics and illustrations. Many of these images are free, while premium images are all priced at just $1.

Using your own images is 100% free. Once you upload them in Canva you can use them as many times as you like.

Yes! Download our iPhone and iPad apps from the App Store or our Android app from Google Play to design from the office, home or on the go! Otherwise, head to to create designs on the web without downloading or installing anything.