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How to Upload a Font to Canva

September 30, 2022

written by nicola

This tutorial will show you how to easily upload a font to Canva so you can strengthen your visual brand identity for your business. When it comes to establishing a brand identity through design, fonts (or typography) can be a game changer. However, the fonts available in Canva are not extensive, and sometimes you might even come across a Google font variation that you need to upload. In this tutorial I will be walking you through uploading your brand fonts to Canva.

UPLOADING FONTS TO CANVA

Please note that uploading fonts to Canva is not a feature you have access to if you are using the free version of Canva. For more information on upgrading your account to Canva Pro (and why you should do it) read why I think it’s worth every penny.

Adding fonts to Canva also requires that you have the proper permissions (or licensing) to do so.

With that information in mind, you first need to get your font onto your PC in OTF, TTF, or WOFF format.

FREE GOOGLE FONTS

Is there anything Google doesn’t do? Google fonts is a great option for adding free fonts to your brand typography. As aforementioned, you will find the most popular Google fonts already loaded in Canva for you to use. But if you are using a less known font, like convergence, here’s how you’ll add it to Canva:

  1. Go to https://fonts.google.com/
  2. Search the name of your font (or narrow down by style if you’re browsing)
  3. Select your font and click ‘Download family’

Your font will be downloaded as a zip file, that you’ll need to unzip before uploading to Canva.

PAID FONTS

Paid fonts are created by professional typographers and designers who understand good design, legibility and usability. They are generally superior to free fonts and can really help elevate your brand. Creative Market and Etsy are great places to source your desired font. You will need to create an account for Creative Market, however you can checkout as a guest on Etsy if that’s your preference. Nine times out of ten the font you are looking for will be available on both e-commerce sites.

Upon purchase, your font will be emailed to you (sometimes as a PDF file with a download link). Just as with Google Font, your download will save to your computer in a zip file.

UPLOADING FONTS TO CANVA

Now that you have the necessary Canva account and the font you want, it’s time to upload it to Canva:

  1. Open Canva
  2. From the homepage side panel, click ‘Brand’
  3. Go to the ‘Brand Kit’ tab (if you have multiple Brand Kits set up select one to customize or ‘Add New’
  4. Under ‘Brand fonts’, click ‘Upload a font’ Canva accepts OTF, TTF, and WOFF file formats. The files you unzipped from your font download will look something like this

OTF file

TTF file

WOFF file

  1. Select your font file and press ‘Open’.
  2. You will be asked to confirm that you have the necessary license or permission to use the font. To proceed, click ‘Yes, upload anyway!’
  3. Wait for the upload to complete, which will be confirmed (or not) by a pop up
  4. Uploaded fonts will appear at the top of your font list, and in your Brand Kit under ‘Uploaded fonts’

UPLOADING FONT TO CANVA ON MOBILE

Even though the mobile app for Canva has a lot of features (and is fantastic for designing on the go) it is still not possible to upload fonts using the app. To work around this you can log in to Canva via the web browser. You will then follow the same steps as above.

UNLIMITED DESIGN POTENTIAL

Now you don’t have to limit your text choices when using Canva. If you’re using a free account and not sure about upgrading, take advantage of the 30-day trial – I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it!

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