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Download the right file type

Choose the right file type when downloading and your design will look crisp, no matter what the situation.

Canva offers different file types as download options, depending on your Canva editor version. Head over to our article about Canva 1.0 and 2.0 to find out which version you’re using.

Download the right file type (Canva 2.0)


Here are the available download options and file format descriptions on Canva 2.0:

To download your design with the right file type:

  1. Click Publish in the menu bar.
  2. Select Download.
  3. Choose the file format you’d like to save the design as by using the dropdown under the File type section.
  4. Check that listed premium elements in your design is correct if there are.
  5. Click Download, or Pay and Download if your design has premium elements.

Download the right file type (Canva 1.0)


Here are the available download options on Canva 1.0:

  • JPG
    – Smallest file size. Ideal for sharing on social media or emails.
  • PNG
    – Good for images and photos. Ideal for sharing on social media or emails.
  • PDF: standard
    – Good for presentations and text heavy documents with multiple pages. With its smaller file size, it is ideal for sharing via email.
  • PDF: for print
    – Good for presentations and text heavy documents with multiple pages. Ideal for printing.
  • Animated GIF/Movie (Experimental)
    – Make your designs move by selecting this option. You can choose between saving your design as a GIF or MP4 file. This download option is exclusively available for Canva for Work subscribers.

To download your design with the right file type:

  1. Click on Download in the menu bar.
  2. Click the drop-down under File Type and choose your preferred file format.
  3. Click the Download button to save the file to your device. If your design contains premium elements, you will be prompted to pay first.

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