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How To Make an Editable PDF in Canva (Simple Steps!)

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Having trouble making an editable PDF in Canva? I’ve totally been there.

Here’s the thing – editable PDFs are so handy for documents you need others to fill out or update, like invoices, order forms, questionnaires, and more.

With an editable PDF, you can easily create fillable fields for text, signatures, checkboxes, and anything else people need to add.

So in this article, how to make an editable pdf in Canva using Dochub.

I’ll show you how to use Canva to create a pdf and make it editable or fillable inside Dochub within minutes.

Sound good? Let’s get you editing!

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How To Make an Editable PDF in Canva (Step By Step)

Follow the below steps to learn how to make an editable PDF in Canva:

1. Create a Design

Click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner of the Canva homepage.

As a result of which a new menu of different design types will open in front of you.

create a design

From the top search bar of the new menu, search for document A4 (portrait) as it is the ideal size for creating a pdf.

And then click on it to get directed to the Canva editor.

2. Add Background Color

After opening a design, now you can either choose to work on a template or start building the pdf from scratch like I will be doing in this tutorial.

Note: If you want to work on a template then click on the ‘Design’ button from the left sidebar.

To add color to your background, click on the blank canvas in front of you and then on the ‘Background Color’ button from the top toolbar.

set background

Now you can either click on the default color that you like the most to add it to your design or click on the color picker slider to create a color of your choice.

Note: If you want to add a picture or a texture as your background, then you can click on the ‘Apps’ button from the left sidebar and then scroll down to click on the ‘Background’ button. Now you can click on your desired background.

3. Add Texts

After setting your background, it is time the add text to your design.

For example, I am creating a customer feedback form. So, I will be adding text related to customer satisfaction.

Click on the ‘Text’ button from the left sidebar and then on the ‘Add a Heading’ option. Now you have to type in the heading of your PDF.

type your heading

And then from the same text section, you can click on ‘Default Text Styles’ or ‘Font Combinations’ to add additional texts like questions, etc.

type in questions

After adding your text, drag each text element to its respective place.

Note: you can also change the font size, font size, font color, etc from the top toolbar.

4. Add Elements

Now click on the ‘Elements’ button from the left sidebar to add the necessary elements.

Note: We will add necessary elements like answer or checkboxes boxes for the questions.

So, from the top search bar search for ‘Shape’ and then click on a rectangular shape which we will use as an answer box.

add answer box

After adding the answer box, click on the square shape also which we will use as a checkbox.

Follow the same process to add as many answer boxes and checkboxes as your need. And then position them according.

result of adding elements

5. Save Your Design

After adding background, text, and elements, you can then proceed to download your design.

save your design

From the top right corner, click on the ‘Share’ button and then on the ‘Download’ button.

download your design

Then set your file type to PDF and click on the ‘Download’ button again at the end to save your design to your computer.

Make Your PDF Fillable

After creating your PDF file inside Canva, now let’s see how to make it fillable.

1. Upload Your PDF

Go to the Dochub platform and then sign up or log in to get directed to the dashboard.

click on new document

Now from the top left corner of the dashboard, click on the ‘New Document’ button.

upload your pdf

Then click on the ‘Uploads’ button from the new menu and upload the previously made PDF from your computer.

Once your PDF is uploaded successfully, It is time to make your PDF fillable.

2. Make Your PDF Fillable

Click on the ‘Manage Fields’ button from the top left corner of the screen and then on the ‘Paragraph Field’ button from the new left side menu. (Check Below Screenshot)

Now find the section on your PDF where you want the people to enter some information.

create paragraph box

Then while pressing the left button of your mouse, drag the cursor to create a box. Now you can use the resizing handles of the box to make it smaller or bigger in size.

You can also use the ‘Drag Icon’ above the box to reposition the fillable box inside your answer box.

If your design contains checkboxes then click on ‘Checkbox Field’ from the same left menu.

add checkboxes

Now click on the PDF where you want people to check the boxes. And a blue color boundary box will appear around it indicating that it is selected.

If you want people to add one-liners like Name, Email, Signature, etc, then you can also take benefit of the ‘Text Field’ from the left side menu.

Now repeat the whole process, again and again, to add as many fields as you want in your PDF to make it fillable.

After making the PDF fillable, you will see that the color of the fillable boxes will be blue.

change background color of fillable box

So to give your fillable PDF a professional look, you have to change the color of the fillable boxes.

To do that, click on the fillable box. As a result of which a new menu on the right-hand side will appear in front of you.

Change The Color

Scroll down to find the ‘Background Color’ button and then click on it. Now drag the slider towards the ‘White Color’ to make your fillable box invisible.

Follow the above step to make all the fillable boxes invisible or transparent.

3. Download Your Filled PDF

After filling in your PDF, click on the ‘Download/Export’ button from the top right corner of the screen.

Click on export button

It will give you many downloading options, but I want to download the filled PDF on my computer. So, I will click on the ‘Computer’ button.

download filled pdf

And then on the ‘Download’ button at the end to start the downloading process.

FAQ- How To Make an Editable PDF in Canva

Below are a few frequently asked questions:

1. How Do I Convert a PDF To An Editable PDF In Canva?

To convert a PDF to an editable PDF, go to Dochub and then click on the ‘New Document’ button from the top left corner of the screen. Now click on the ‘Uploads’ button to upload your PDF from your computer.

Once the PDF is successfully uploaded, click on the ‘Manage Fields’ button from the top left corner of the screen. And then add different fillable fields like the text field and checkbox field from the left side menu to your PDF.

Lastly, click on the ‘Download/Export’ button to save your updated PDF.

2. How Do I Convert a Canva PDF To An Editable Word Document?

To convert a Canva PDF to an editable Word document, first, save your Canva PDF on your computer and then go to ilovepdf.com and click on the ‘PDF To Word’ button from the home page.

Now PDF to Word converter will open, click on the ‘Select a PDF file’ button to select your previously saved Canva PDF from your computer and then on the ‘Convert To Word’ button to convert your Canva PDF to an editable Word document.

Before You Leave

Now you know how to quickly turn your Canva designs into editable PDFs using Dochub.

Whether you need to create a simple feedback form or complex school worksheets. This combo of Canva and Dochub always comes in handy.

Being able to fill and update your PDFs directly will be a total game-changer for you.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m always happy to help fellow Canva users streamline their work.

Thank You

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