Before you start dressing your designs in corduroy and denim, what exactly is texture? Texture is what makes different materials appear to have a certain feel of consistency. For example, shiny colors also look like they feel slick or smooth, and a coarse fabric texture looks rough or worn. Canva makes it easy to add texture to your designs to make them more interesting and add to your design’s atmosphere.
Make texture the foundation of your design by choosing a textured background. Just click the “background” pane and scroll through to see all the free and premium background textures and patterns you can try, from simple crosshatch patterns to high-quality photographs of foliage and paper grain. Simply click a background and then start adding more elements on top to make all your text and other elements really pop!
Already looked through all of our background textures? We have far more to offer than just what you see in the background pane! Search our image library for “texture” or “pattern” to see plenty of textures ready to use as a background or as any other element of your design. Looking for something specific? Try searching our image library for anything from “wallpaper” to “moss” to find exactly the texture you’re looking for. Then drag the image into your design, resize and crop to take full advantage of any photo’s texture.
Could your design use just a dash of subtle texture, like the faint texture of a draped veil or lace? Find a pattern you like from our image library and drop it into your design, then select the texture and click the “down” arrow to reveal the transparency slider. Move the slider to the left to give your texture a gentle, delicate impression, or slide more to give your design just a faint whisper of the texture. Next, try using your transparent texture together with flat colors shaped or even other images to imbue them with texture as well. The possibilities are endless!
If you search our image library and can’t find a texture that looks like that perfect fabric from your grandmother’s evening gown, no problem! Take a photo or a scan of your one-of-a-kind texture and upload it to Canva, then use it just like you would any texture in our image library.Did your camera not quite capture your texture’s essence? You can always touch up the photo of your texture with our bevy of photo editing tools. Do you prefer taking photos with your phone or tablet? Canva’s iPhone, iPad and Android apps have you covered.