If you care about your creative work on the internet, it is only wise to add a watermark to it. Whether it’s for credit or recognition, applying a watermark to your image, poster, or other digital work makes it easy for you. Many photo editing software includes an option to add watermark to your photos. However, if you want to create a custom watermark, Canva is a great source to create one for free.
Canva is the go-to graphics and creative option for multiple users who want to create hassle-free digital posters, graphics, logos and more.
Check out the Canva tips and tricks to get you there before you begin. And then learn how to create a watermark on the Canva web.
Create a watermark using Canva on the desktop
While Canva’s mobile app gets the job done, it’s the desktop version where the real action happens. Follow these steps below.
Step 1: Visit Canva on the web.
2nd step: On the Canva home page, enter Logo in the search box and select the first match.
You must be wondering why we are looking for a logo to create a watermark in Canva. We will create a brand logo first and then convert it to a watermark with edit and export options.
After that we will show how to implement the created watermark on your original image or digital poster in Canva. With that in your mind, let’s continue with the steps.
Step 3: From the logo designer page, you can browse hundreds of pre-designed logo templates.
You can also create a logo from scratch, but we would prefer to use a logo template because professionals design them, and Canva has always had beautiful templates. This is one of Canva’s strengths compared to the competition.
Step 4: Select the template you like and start editing with the built-in editing tools.
To note: Many models carry the “Pro” label. Use of certain images, text, templates, and other resources on Canva requires a Canva Pro subscription. Canva Pro is available for $ 12.95 per month. Using Canva Pro, you can even create your own branding kit.
Step 5: On the design page, you can select a template for your logo on the left side. Now you can play around and add text, images, shapes, background, and other options.
Step 6: You can change the font, rotate it, and place it anywhere you want.
Step 7: After you’ve designed the perfect logo, it’s time to play around with transparency here.
It won’t look good or ideal if you try to use the custom logo as a watermark. A watermark should be subtle and should blend into your digital art without spoiling the original design.
Step 8: Click on the Transparency menu in the upper right corner and reduce the number to 50-60 for the ideal experience.
Step 9: Once you are satisfied with the transparency of the watermark, you can click the Download button at the top.
Remember to turn on the Transparent Background toggle, otherwise you will end up with an ugly white background in the watermark.
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Add a watermark to the image in Canva Desktop
Now that you’ve created a watermark in Canva, it’s time to implement the watermark on the image. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Visit the Canva home page and click Create Design in the upper right corner.
2nd step: Select Edit Photo from the next menu.
Step 3: This will open the image picker menu.
Step 4: Select the image you want to apply the created watermark to and import it into Canva.
It will take some time to download the image depending on the size of the image file.
Step 5: Select Edit Photo. It will open a new tab with the editing interface.
Step 6: You must first upload the watermark image to Canva.
Step 7: Click Uploads on the left sidebar and use the Upload media option to add the watermark image to Canva.
Canva also lets you upload files from Google Drive or Dropbox.
Step 8: Click on the watermark, add it to your image, resize it, and place it at the bottom, top, or middle – wherever you prefer. In the example below, we have added the watermark in the lower right corner.
That’s it. Hit the Download button at the top and download the image to your computer.
Create a custom watermark in Canva
You can also create a watermark in Canva using mobile apps. But the experience is not ideal and we do not recommend using it.
Follow the steps above and start creating personal branding watermarks in Canva. You can also use the same software to implement watermark on images.
Crello is another design tool that is making waves in the graphic design industry. Read the Canva comparison to choose the best tool for you.
Last updated on June 11, 2021
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