How to Use Elements From a Previous Canva Design

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Everything is easy until it’s not, right? There are a few instances with Canva (which overall is an amazingly-easy tool) where you just expect something to work, and it doesn’t. Or, it’s a bit “buggy” and makes you feel like it might not work when it actually does, but you’ve lost patience and have moved on.

When I was a Canva newbie, one of those things seemed to be the copy and pasting of Canva elements from one design to another. Either the elements wouldn’t paste at all, or they would paste in a different color, or one of the grouped elements would come through and not the other, etc.


But lately, the process works pretty well. I don’t know if I’ve just developed better skills (and patience) or if fixes were made, but either way, if you’re having trouble using elements in across designs or difficulty copying from one design or another, I might have a solution for you.

Below are four different options, depending on your goal.

Copying from One Canva Design to Another

Top copy one Canva design to another, first select your elements. Then, copy the elements and then paste them into the new design. Alternatively, you can share your design with someone else by clicking “Share” and then entering the email address of the person you’d like to share with.

1. Select Your Elements

Ctrl+A for all, Shift+clicking the different elements, or dragging and selecting with your mouse.

2. Copy Your Elements

Ctrl+C as the keyboard shortcut, or go to “Edit” and then “Copy.”

3. Paste Elements in New Design

Ctrl+V as the keyboard shortcut, or go to “Edit” and then “Paste.”

Read More: How to Add Accents in Canva

Duplicating Your Design

Alternatively, you might have one design where you want to duplicate to an additional page.

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1. Click “Copy Page” Icon

All you have to do is click the “copy page” icon at the top right of your design.

Resizing Your Design

Next, perhaps you want to take a design you’ve already created in one size and then resize to fit a new need.

1. Go to “Resize”

Look to the top left and click “resize.” Now, you’ll notice the “crown” that denotes this is a Canva Pro feature.

2. Select Your Size

You can choose either a custom size, or you can choose one of the predefined sizes for projects like logo, flyer, facebook cover, etc.

3. Choose “Resize” or “Copy & Resize”

Last, you’ll have the option to resize your current design, which will take what you see on screen and change the original project to fit your new size.

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Or, if you “copy & resize,” then you will create a copy of your current design, which will take on the new size dimensions while leaving your original unchanged.

Make a Copy of Your Canva Design

The last thing you can do is simply create a copy of your existing design.

1. Go to Homepage

Go to your homepage and find the design you want to copy.

2. Click Three Vertical Dots

Now, hover over the design you want to copy and you’ll see three vertical dots appear. Click the dots…

3. Select “Make a Copy”

Last, click “make a copy” and you’ll see your new copy appear, ready for use!

That’s it! More than one way to get your elements and designs from “here” to “there.”

Are you on Canva Pro, or simply the free version? If Canva is in fact a tool you’re loving, Canva Pro gives you even more reasons for such love, with the ability to magically resize designs, upload custom fonts, and so much more.

Or, just pay $5 or so for someone on Fiverr to create whatever it is you need 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.

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