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Advanced Search

Canva’s media library contains over 1,000,000 images to choose from. Knowing how to get the best search results means you can spend less time searching and more time designing.

There are several ways to search for images, depending your Canva editor version. Head over to our article about Canva 1.0 and 2.0 to find out which version you are using.

 

Search for images (Canva 2.0)


To start searching for images in the editor:

  1. Click on the Elements tab.
  2. Enter a keyword in the search bar.
  3. Hit Enter.

As an example, typing the keyword “apple” into the search bar will show apple images.

note: You can narrow down your search results further by clicking on “Photos” or “Graphics” below the search field.

Aside from simply entering “apple”, here are some more advanced search term combinations to help you find exactly what you are looking for:

Combining keywords: apple + red Excluding keywords: apple NOT red

 

Multiple options: apple OR banana No background: apple +cutout:true

 

 

Search for images (Canva 1.0)


What if the apple you were looking for had to be red? Or it had to be an icon?  With Canva’s advanced search options you can narrow down your search results to find exactly what you are looking for:

To start searching for images in the editor:

  1. Click on the Search tab.
  2. Enter a keyword in the search bar.
  3. Hit Enter.

As an example, typing the keyword “apple” into the search bar will show apple images.

note: You can further narrow down your results based on their image type by clicking on “Photos” or “Illustrations” found below the search field.
Combining keywords: apple + red Excluding keywords: apple NOT red

 

Multiple options: apple OR banana No background: apple +cutout:true

 

Icon only: apple +icon Illustration only: apple +illustration
note: Searching for the right template but cannot find what you’re looking for in our Layouts tab? Head over to our Templates page and view our available templates searchable by design type and genre/occasion.

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