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Edit and convert your PDFs into online designs

Streamline your design workflow from importing PDF files to customizing and exporting them into beautiful assets made in Canva’s PDF editor.

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Introducing Canva’s PDF Editor

Import and edit PDF files right into Canva for free. We’ll do our magic to break them down into editable elements so you can convert, annotate, and customize them instantly, just like any design asset. Then, easily compress them into JPEG and PNG files. Or, download your work as SVG, PPT, or print-ready PDF files—all shareable online from the same dashboard.

Customize PDF files without hassle

Upon importing a PDF file, we try to identify and match every text, image, layout, font style, etc. and turn them into a customizable design element. Freely add text, change images, modify font styles, reorder pages, and even insert animated graphics to manage your design workflow. Go further by annotating pages with comments or drawing lines, shapes, and signatures without needing to switch between different tools.


Share and collaborate anytime

Canva’s easy sharing and exporting tools are at your disposal. Working with a team? Send them a secure viewable link to your PDF design or grant others editing access to collaborate more efficiently. Transform your designs into reports, presentations, videos, or printable marketing collateral and readily share them to your social pages or business partners, all within Canva.

How to import and edit a PDF on Canva

  1. Import a PDF file

    On your Canva homepage, click the Create a design button on the top-right corner, and select Import PDF to select your document. Or simply drag and drop your file to your homepage. It will then convert your PDF into a Canva design.

  2. Customize your PDF

    Locate your converted PDF in the All your designs section. Click the corresponding design thumbnail and begin editing your PDF. Resize your file or instantly change the text, images, graphics, and other elements that are present in your PDF file.

  3. Transform into any design asset

    Next, elevate your PDF-based designs into any creative asset. Add animations, GIFs, or music to make videos or presentations. Or resize into printable cards, brochures, postcards, and more.

  4. Compress and convert

    On the upper right corner of the editor, compress and download your work. Turn your custom design into JPEG, PNG, and SVG files, or in PDF again. Capture any animated elements and effects by ideally saving them in MP4 video or GIF.

  5. Share and publish in any format

    Conveniently share your work straight from Canva. Give access to view or edit your design with a click of the Share button on the upper-right corner. Or, click the three dots to choose between publishing your assets on your social media or as a presentation, website, or an embedded link.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! All users can upload, customize, and share their PDF documents for free using our editor.

At the moment, importing PDFs into our homepage is only available on our web version. But, you can edit them anytime, anywhere once it’s uploaded. Work on your imported PDF file using your mobile browser or our app for iOS and Android devices.

You can do a lot with our beta PDF editor. Easily import, customize, convert, and compress and download your PDF files. Access our library and tools to help you create your best design yet. But, you might want to consider a few things while you’re working on it:
  • The maximum PDF file size is 15 MB.
  • You can import PDF files with up to 15 pages.
  • We don’t have support (yet) for soft masks, shading, tiled patterns, JPEG 2000 or JBIG images, and color filters.

We try to identify and match every element during the conversion process. With many font options available, it’s not always possible to find an exact match. When it comes to having editable image colors, there’s a higher chance of success if the original type is a vector. Flat images can’t be broken down, making them uneditable.
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