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Turn imagination into reality with Text to Image in Canva

Text to Image empowers you to create unique images and art from a simple description in seconds.


Design used to be complicated and hard, but today, more than 100 million people are using Canva every month to unlock their creativity and achieve their goals. Our mission has always been to make complex things simple, and tapping into exciting new ways to empower our community to bring their ideas and imagination to life is an important part of that.

Today, we’re thrilled to share that our new image-generating app Text to Image is now available for free in Canva. With this magic new feature, you can turn your imagination into reality by watching your words transform into stunning, one-of-a-kind images.

Not only is Text to Image enabling our community to create visual content faster than ever before, it also marks the end of the creative block. With Text to Image, design ideas are free-flowing – so if you’ve got the text, we’ve got the image.

In less than two months since launching the Beta version of Text to Image, we’ve been overwhelmed by our community’s enthusiastic response, with more than 6 million images being created and applied to a range of practical use cases from social media posts to presentations, business flyers, and even logos.

Turn your imagination into creative images

Now, whenever you can't find the perfect images, you only need to find the right words instead – then watch them magically come to life. Once you’ve entered your words, rather than combining existing images, Text to Image creates entirely new ones from scratch. From practical descriptions to whimsical concepts, Text to Image can create one-of-a-kind images, with the click of a button.

So whether you’d like to see a black-and-white illustration of someone baking a cake, or a firefox standing up in a forest, Text to Image brings your imagination to life and presents options for use across your designs. Gone are the days of spending hours scrolling through stock images when you need something specific or unique. Text to Image unlocks creativity in all sorts of ways and empowers all sorts of people, from content creators to marketers, professional designers, and social media managers. Any profession that needs to produce content quickly can easily conjure up engaging assets to help them stand out.

Small business owners – who often double as their own marketing team among a million other things – will especially find Text to Image to be a useful (and fun) time saver that will help them shine. Artists, designers, and art students can also use the app to test an idea quickly, without the need for expensive tooling.

Integrated and seamless

Text to Image is integrated across the entire Canva experience. With Text to Image, you can create and edit an image without ever having to leave Canva – no other subscriptions or tools needed to power your creative workflow. From dreaming up initial concepts to creating new assets for any design, editing them in your own way, then sharing them with the world, Text To Image can be leveraged every step of the way to see your projects through.

Enhance your new photos with our built-in photo editor: modify brightness, adjust contrast, or play around with filters. Include text with eye-catching font combinations to caption your unique images. Crop images, resize, or flip, and match it with other graphics such as frames, stickers, vectors, icons, and illustrations. Then, make it dynamic with our animation options, and share it with the world within any kind of design.

Images as unique as you are

Text to Image can also generate art in a range of styles, from photos to drawings, paintings, 3D, patterns, and concept art. Create a lifelike rendering with a 3D style for your futuristic party invitation, or use the painting style to recreate textured brushstrokes. If you’re not sure which style to go for, try the ‘Surprise Me’ feature to kick-start your inspiration.

Safe, responsible and ethical technology

The world we live in today is driven by innovation – every industry has been shaped by it, and it’s an ever-continuing progression to a better world. New technology brings profound opportunities, but also raises new questions. We’re committed to learning and helping shape our magic tools and features to serve our community in the best way possible.

We pride ourselves on maintaining strong ethical values and this is reflected in how we build our products, run our company and engage our community. Being a force for good – one of our guiding values – means keeping our community safe is paramount. Our dedicated Trust and Safety team is committed to ensuring everyone feels safe creating and interacting with content on our platform.

We’ve invested heavily in safety measures that help the millions of people using our platform ‘be a good human’ and minimize the risk of our platform being used to produce unsafe content. For Text to Image this includes automated reviews of input prompts for terms that might generate unsafe imagery, and of output images for a range of categories including adult content, hate, and abuse. We’ve also created a feedback loop giving our community the opportunity to report any issues with the images generated, including if they feel they’re enforcing biases or stereotypes.

We also understand that there are many ongoing conversations around generated images and copyright and have pulled together this resource to answer questions you may have. While our work in this space will never be complete, we hope to share our findings and lessons to contribute to safe, equitable and responsible technology at large.

As we empower the world to design, we recognize the importance of responsible innovation and look forward to keeping you updated on how we’re bringing even more magic to our global community.

Convert text to images using Canva’s new Text to Image feature – it's fun, fast, and free. Go to Canva Apps or open a design template on your desktop, iOS, or Android app and start creating magic now!