Absolutely, you read correctly! Uploading an SVG file in Canva is a breeze, and it offers a host of advantages. Have you ever experienced the frustration of uploading JPGs and PNGs, only to realize they need resizing, improved quality, or color adjustments? Well, you’re not alone.
Perhaps you’ve also been in a situation where you couldn’t find the perfect clip art for your Canva design, so you settled for something close but not quite right. The good news is, you no longer have to make compromises. You can now create your custom clip art, upload it to Canva, and effortlessly change colors while preserving the image’s quality, regardless of its size.
This is just one more reason to appreciate Canva. Below, I’ve outlined a step-by-step process to guide you through creating, uploading, and editing an SVG file. Enjoy the creative freedom!
Step One: Create SVG File
What is an SVG?
An SVG, also known as Scalable Vector Graphics, is formatted on the web so that the pixels (lines, curves, color, and more) are easily read to make it easy to edit the file elsewhere, as well as adding animations to it. In this case, Canva reads the file as one shape but with a color identity that is changed and size that can be enlarged, cropped, or shrunk down. Okay, let’s keep going.
I like to create my SVG files on Adobe Illustrator, but you can also create them on Photoshop, an Adobe program. So, you can create any clip art you would like. For this post, we’ll just do something simple. like a sun.
Step Two: Save The File
Once you are done creating the file, go the top of the page and click file > export as.
Step Three: Complete Forms
Name the file, save as type as svg and check the “use the artboards”. Click export.
In the following box, set images as embed and check in the responsive section box under decimals. Click ok.
Step Four: Upload To Canva
Now we are going to upload your file to Canva. Go to uploads tab on Canva and click on upload image/video. You’re file will look like a web link image like the one below. Select and click open.
You should see your file upload and appear on Canva.
Step Five: Edit File
Now you should be able to see the color option above the art board where you can start making changes to the color.
There you have it! You have officially uploaded your own SVG file! Yay! Now you can take on Canva like a pro!