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Download the right file type

Whether you are creating social media content, printed posters, or in-house presentations, Canva can do it all.  Choosing the right file type when downloading your project means your design will look crisp, no matter what the situation.

This section will help you get the best results when downloading your designs. Learn some tips and tricks to get sharper images, clear and crisp text and the most professional results in a breeze.

After creating your design, Canva will automatically assign you the file format that it thinks is optimal for your design. You can toggle through the download options to see all available file types:

  • JPG
  • PNG
  • PDF: standard and PDF: for print
  • Animated GIF/Movie (Experimental)

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JPG and PNG


These files are great for downloading designs for the web, and will look sharp and crisp on most computer displays. JPG and PNG files are also relatively small in size.  They’re perfect for emailing and posting online, but not as well suited for printing. JPG and PNG files print at 96 dpi. Downloading JPG and PNG’s with multiple pages will download as a ZIP file.

PDF: standard


PDF: standard is great for presentations and text heavy documents with multiple pages. They export at 96 dpi which makes them smaller in file size than their cousin, PDF:For Print, which makes them ideal for sharing via email, but not as well suited for printing.

PDF: for print


Choosing PDF: for print will render your design at 300 dpi which is the highest quality file format we perfect for print. This is the right resolution for designs that will be printed on paper, either from a home printer or a professional printing press.

Change the recommended file type


You’ve finally finished your design on Canva. Now that you need to save it, you might need it in a specific file type different from the suggested one. The suggested format is our way of helping you get the best possible quality out of your design, but you can of course still select a different type of format.

To change the file format:

  1. Click Download and open the dropdown under File Type.
  2. Choose your preferred format.
  3. Click the Download button to save the file to your device.

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