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How to use SVG files in Canva

Posted on 20th August 2018

1- Log into Canva and select your design.


2- Select your layout, or you can use the search tool to find a background you would like.


3- Insert your image/layout.


4- Click uploads, then click on the green upload icon.


5- Click on your SVG file. I am using Welcome to our firepit SVG file from


6- Once the SVG is selected, one of two things will happen. If the SVG is a compound path it will automatically load into Canva. But if it is not a compound path you will get the following message seen below.

You will need to open your SVG into a 3rd party program to make sure the design is a compound path for it to upload into Canva.

Programs like Photoshop, Inkscape and Silhouette Studio Business Edition are a few that will be able to do this for you.


7- I will be using Silhouette Studio Business Edition.


8- Open the SVG file.


9- Your design will appear.

10- Right click on the design. Select the Make compound path option.


11- Your design will need to be re coloured.


12- Use the fill options to colour the design.


13- Click on save to hard drive, then save the design as a SVG file.


14- You can now go back into Canva and click on upload.


15- Select the new file you created.


16- The design will now appear in your uploads and you can select it to go on your design area.


17-You can now change the colour so it is seen clearer on your background.

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