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Format shapes and lines

You can change a shape or lines’ size, color, transparency, and placement.

Resize a shape or line

To change the size of a shape or line:

  1. Click on the shape or line you wish to resize.
  2. A dotted outline with 4 circles on each corner will appear around the shape.
  3. Click, hold and drag on any of the 4 circles to resize a shape or line. Active corner will turn blue.
  4. Once you are happy with the new shape or line size, release the circle.


Change the color of a shape or line

To change the color of a shape or line:

  1. Select the line or shape whose color you wish to change.
  2. The editor toolbar will appear.
  3. Click on the color button on the left hand corner of the editor toolbar.
  4. Select a new color. Put a (✔️) tick mark in the box “Change all” if you wish to apply the color to all of the same colored elements in your design.


Change the transparency of a shape or line

To change the transparency of a shape or line:

  1. Select the shape or lines whose transparency you wish to change.
  2. The editor toolbar will appear.
  3. Click the Transparency button.
  4. Using the Transparency slider, adjust the transparency of the shape or line.


Rotate a shape or line

Illustrations and icons including all other elements in the Canva library can be rotated.

To rotate them:

  1. Click the illustration or icon you wish to rotate.
  2. Click the rotation handle at the bottom of the element, and then drag in the direction you want.


If you want to be super precise, a preview of exactly how many degrees you’ve rotated the element will show up next to the rotate anchor. The element will also “snap” into place every 45 degrees to help keep your design aligned with crisp angles.

Create a thin line

You can easily create a thin line by simply resizing the width of the line. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Elements tab and go to Lines.
  2. Select the type of line you wish to use.
  3. Click and hold the upper corner of the line by dragging it inwards until you reach the desired thinness.
  4. Hover over the edge and wait for the cursor to appear horizontal. From there, drag it horizontally until you reach the desired length.


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