How to Cre­ate a Water­mark in Canva

Parth Shah

If you care about your creative work on the internet, then it's only wise to add a watermark to it. Whether it is for credit or recognition, applying a watermark to your image, poster, or any digital work makes things easier for you. Many photo editing software includes an option to add a watermark to your photos. However, if you want to make a custom watermark, Canva is an excellent source to make one for free.

Create watermark in canva

Canva is the go-to graphics and creative option for several users who want to create digital posters, graphics, logos, and more without a hassle.

Check out Canva tips and tricks to know your way around it before you start. And then read on how to create a watermark on the Canva web.

Create a Watermark Using Canva on 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.

Step 2: On the Canva Home, type Logo in the Search box and select the first result.

Search for logo in canva

You must be wondering why we are searching for a Logo to create a watermark in Canva. We will first create a brand logo and then convert it to a watermark with editing and export options.

After that, we will showcase how to implement the created watermark to your original image or digital poster in Canva. With that out in your mind, let’s continue with the steps.

Step 3: From the logo designer page, you can browse through hundreds of pre-made logo templates.

Logo templates in canva

You can also create a logo from scratch, but we would prefer to go with a logo template as professionals design them, and Canva always had beautiful templates. It’s one of the strong suits of Canva compared to the competition.

Step 4: Select the template you like and start the editing with the built-in editing tools.

Note: Many templates carry the ‘Pro’ label. To use certain images, text, templates, and other assets 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 Brand Kit.

Step 5: On the designing page, you can select a template for your logo on the left-hand side. Now, you can play around and add text, images, shapes, background, and other options.

Create logo using editing options

Step 6: You can change the font, rotate it, and place it wherever you want.

Step 7: After designing the perfect logo, it’s time to play with the transparency here.

Select transparency

It won’t look good or ideal if you try to use the custom logo as a watermark. A watermark has to be subtle and should blend in your digital art without messing up the original design.

Step 8: Click on the Transparency menu at the upper right corner and decrease the number to 50-60 for an ideal experience.

Download watermark

Step 9: After you are satisfied with the watermark transparency, you can hit the Download button at the top.

Don’t forget to enable the Transparent Background toggle, otherwise, you will end up with an ugly white background in the watermark.

Add a Watermark to Image in Canva Desktop

Now that you have created a watermark in Canva, it’s time to implement the watermark to the image. Go through the steps below.

Step 1: Visit Canva home and click on Create Design at the upper right corner.

Create a design in canva

Step 2: Select Edit photo from the following menu.

Photo editing in canva

Step 3: It will open the image picker menu.

Step 4: Select the image on which you want to apply the created watermark and import it to Canva.

The image upload will take some time depending upon the image file size.

Step 5: Select Edit Photo. It will open a new tab with the editing interface.

Edit photo in canva

Step 6: You need to upload the watermark image to Canva first.

Step 7: Click on Uploads on the left sidebar and use the Upload media option to add the watermark image to Canva.

Upload media to canva

Canva also allows you to 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 or top or middle - wherever you prefer. In the example below, we added the watermark to the bottom right corner.

Watermark added

That’s it. Hit the Download button at the top and download the image to your computer.

Make a Custom Watermark in Canva

One can also create a watermark in Canva using mobile apps. But the experience isn’t ideal and we would advise against using it.

Go through the steps above and start creating personal brand watermarks in Canva. You can use the same software to implement watermark to images as well.

Next up: Crello is another design tool making waves in the graphics design industry. Read the comparison with Canva to pick the better tool for you.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.