How to Create Thin Lines in Canva

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…it’s head-shaking to feel the need to write a blog post on creating thin lines in Canva (among other seemingly simple tasks like how to outline text in Canva).

I say it because it’s such a powerful tool, yet some of the things many of us are accustomed to as out of the box features in even the most basic of programs require a workaround, or aren’t extremely intuitive.


Anyway, enough of that. Yes, you can create thin lines in Canva, and it’s easy to do so…you just need to play the game.

(And, the same process can be used to create thick lines.)

How to Create Thin Lines in Canva

To create thin lines in Canva:

1. Open your project
2. Select “Elements”
3. Select the first line available
4. Resize the line to your desired thinness
5. Extend the line to your desired length

So, really, instead of being able to select a line and then choose its thickness from some sort of dropdown as is the case with most other programs, you’re taking two steps: one to get it to the desired width, and then another to get it to the desired length.

Quickly, are you on Canva Pro, or simply the free version? There is currently a 30-day free trial, and, if you have a team, you can get 4 accounts free by signing up for one. Pro gives you the ability to magically resize designs, upload custom fonts, and so much more.

You can argue that you get more control over the line’s thinness in this case, as you have full flexibility to reach the precise desired width. It just takes some getting used to.

Here are the detailed instructions and short video to help you out!

Select “Lines” from “Elements.”

Select the first line available and will be placed in your project.

Grab the corner of the line and re-size it to your desired thinness as you would any other object.

Grab the end of the line and extend it right to your desired length (double arrow cursor added to example for effect).

Not so bad, right?

If your designs are frustrating, just pay $5 for someone on Fiverr to create it for you? I’ve definitely swallowed my pride a few times and just hired a freelancer on Fiverr for quick turnaround, and often receiving something better than I could have done myself.

Here is the YouTube video showing the same exact thing, with some cool music.

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