Apply Texture for Homey, Lived-In Designs

Give your artwork some textured depth with Canva. We have all the tools to add some texture to your designs, along with an awesome image library that’s chock-full of textures ready to inspire you!

Add texture to colors for stunning shimmer or realistic grit


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.

Build an earthy foundation with background texture


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!

Browse our image library for a bounty of beautiful textures


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(opens in a new tab or window) to take full advantage of any photo’s texture.

Enrobe your colors with delicate, transparent textures


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!

Upload your own photos to create textures from everyday items


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.

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