How Do I Add Guides in Canva?

Adding guides in Canva can be a great way to make sure that you create a design that is perfectly in line with your vision. Guides are helpful for creating uniformity across different elements of your design, or for making sure that text is centered or evenly spaced between other elements. Using guides also makes it easier to maintain the same layout across multiple designs.

Adding guides in Canva is quick and easy.

You can add them from the toolbar at the top of the page, or by selecting the ‘Tools’ option from the top navigation bar and selecting ‘Guides’ from the drop-down menu. Once you’ve selected ‘Guides’, you will see a selection of preset guides that you can add to your design. These include preset horizontal and vertical lines, as well as diagonal lines and circles.

You can also create custom guides in Canva by clicking on the ‘Create Guide’ button at the bottom of your screen. This will open up a panel where you can enter in exact measurements for where you want your guide to be placed. Once you have entered in your desired measurements, click ‘Create’ and your guide will appear.

In addition to adding preset or custom guides, Canva also allows users to style their guides with different colors and line weights. To change a guide’s color, simply click on it to select it, then click on the color swatch box on the right side of your screen and choose whichever color you would like to use. To adjust how thick or thin a guide appears, simply use the slider bar underneath the color swatch box.


Adding Guides in Canva is an effective way of making sure all elements in your design are arranged properly and uniformly across various designs. It is easy to do so by using either preset tools available on Canva’s toolbar or creating custom ones using exact measurements given by users themselves; styling options such as colors and line weights are also adjustable according to user preferences.