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Remove watermarks by downloading

In Canva, premium elements are layered with watermarks – a criss-cross pattern superimposed on top of images to protect the element’s copyright holder. You can remove the watermark only after purchasing a license for the element.

The method this article discusses only removes watermarks on downloaded designs. If you wish to remove watermarks while on the editor or in Presentation mode, please refer to our dedicated article on using the Remove watermark button instead.

To download the design and remove watermarks:

  1. Click the Download button.
  2. Choose whether you want to purchase an image under the One-time use ($US1), Multi-use ($US10), or Extended License ($US100).
  3. Purchase and Download your design.

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tip: If you wish to see what a downloaded copy of your design would look like prior to purchasing the premium element, you can download a watermarked draft of your design.

Watermarks on free Canva for Work content


If you’re a Canva for Work subscriber, you can exclusively use some premium elements for free under the One-time use license. However, you may notice the presence of watermarks on element thumbnails or on design previews.

Rest assured, when you use these elements or open your designs, these watermarks shouldn’t be visible anymore. You shouldn’t be prompted to pay upon downloading as well.

note: If you are prompted to pay for any element, it is highly possible that this is not included in the free content for Canva for Work subscribers.

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