Hey guys, what’s up! Are you trying to create some dope designs on Canva, but struggling to manage so many elements in your design and searching for how to see layers in canva?
Well, don’t sweat it! In this article, I’m going to hook you up with some tips and tricks on how to see layers in canva.
So previously canva do not used to have any layering system in their tool but with recent big updates, canva finally introduced a layering system.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of layering, it’s simply organizing the different elements in your design on top of each other. For example, your background would be at the bottom layer, followed by your text, then your images or shapes on top.
So, how do you view and manage all your layers in Canva?
But that’s not all! There are a few more pro tips to level up your layering game on Canva. So let’s dive in and make your designs pop!
What Are Layers In Canva
How To See Layers In Canva
To see the layers in Canva, you need to click on the “Position” tab from the top of the screen and then click on “Layers”. Once you are on this tab, you’ll be able to see all of the elements that make up your design. This tab is the “Layers Panel” and it will show you all of the different layers in your design.
Here is a video tutorial on how to see layers in canva:
How To Select a Layer In Canva
To select a layer in Canva, follow these steps:
- Open your Canva design.
- Navigate to the Layers panel using the method explained above.
- The Layers panel lists all the elements in your design, arranged in ascending order from bottom to top.
- To select a layer, click on its little preview in the Layers panel.
- Alternatively, you can select a layer by clicking on the element itself on the canvas.
- You’ll know a layer is selected by the bounding box that appears around it.
- You can modify the layer’s properties and settings, such as its size, position, and opacity, by using the toolbar at the top of the screen or the options in the Layers panel.
How To See Overlapping Layers In Canva
First of all, let me tell you what are overlapping layers, so let’s say we have an image of a rabbit here and it is overlapping 5 different layers beneath it which you can’t see because they are behind the rabbit image.
Now if you want to see all the layers present in the design you’ll go to the layers tab by following the previously mentioned steps and see all the layers in your design including the 5 overlapped layers, as you can see in the image below.
But if you want to see just the 5 layers that are being overlapped by the rabbit image all you have to do is click on the rabbit image and then head over to the “Position” tab then click on “Layers” and then instead of select “All” you have to select “Overlapping” option.
Now you can see only the rabbit and 5 images that are overlapped by the rabbit image are visible, oh that little rabbit was hiding a lot of stuff !!
So that’s how you see overlapping layers in canva.
How Do You Change Layer Position/Order
There are 2 methods to change the layer position, both of them are very simple to follow.
Method 1: Using The Position Tab
Simply select your layer by clicking on it and go to the “Position” tab then make sure you are under Arrange section and now use the Forward, Backward, To front, To back options to arrange your selected layer.
Method 2: Using The Layers Tab
Head over to the layers tab and you will see a list of all the layers in your design, find your layer and simply drag and drop your layer in the layer panel where you feel comfortable.
How To Lock a Layer In Canva
In order to lock your layer in canva, follow these steps:
- Open your Canva design.
- Click on the layer that you want to lock or you can also locate the layer using the Layers tab.
- Click on the three dots and under the lock option you’ll see 2 more options:
- Lock: It will completely lock the layer and you won’t be able to do anything with that layer
- Lock Position Only: It will lock only the position of that layer means you can’t move that layer but you can still do changes in that layer for eg. change the text & colors, edit the image properties, etc
Note: To unlock a layer simply click on the layer or select it from the layers tab and then click on that little “Lock Icon” from the top toolbar, your layer will be unlocked.
You can also flip the layer and even play with it’s opacity directly inside canva.
How To See Layers In Canva Mobile
To see layers in canva mobile just open up the design in your canva app or you can also log in to canva in your mobile browser.
Select any layer to bring up the bottom menu, scroll to right and tap on “Layers”.
Now you’ll be able to see all the layers in the mobile version of canva as well.
How to See Layers in Canva – FAQs
1. How can I select a specific layer in Canva?
To select a layer in Canva, simply click on the element you want to move, edit, or rearrange. When you click on the element, you’ll see “Position” and “Layer” options appear at the top of the screen. You can use these options to move the element to the front or back, or to a different layer.
2. Can I group layers in Canva?
Yes, you can group layers in Canva. To do this, simply select the layers you want to group by holding down the “Shift” key and clicking on each individual layer. Once you have selected all the layers you want to group, right-click and choose the “Group” option from the menu or you can also use Ctrl+G as a shortcut key.
3. How do I find a specific layer in Canva?
If you have a lot of layers in your design, it may be difficult to find the specific layer you are looking for. To find a specific layer quickly, open the “Layers” tab and all the elements that make up your design will be listed over there with a little preview image at right, simply scroll and find the layer you are looking for.
4. Can I delete a specific layer in Canva?
Yes, you can delete a specific layer in Canva. To delete a layer, simply select the layer you want to delete and click the “Trash Can” icon that appears just above the layer or you can simply press the “Delete” button on your keyboard.
To sum it up, knowing how to see layers in Canva is a game-changer when it comes to advanced designs that contain a lot of elements. Layers help you organize and control different elements of your design in a clear and simple way.
You can easily move things around, make changes, or hide certain elements to create the perfect look.
Whether you’re making social media posts, professional presentations, or eye-catching marketing materials, using layers in Canva lets you manage your design elements no matter how element heavy your design is.
So try out this amazing layering feature in canva and let me know in the comment section below if you have any doubts.
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