Step 1: Launch Canva and Create a Design

Step one of creating a shadow effect in Canva begins by opening and designing your design in Canva, whether from scratch or using one of Canva’s templates (such as social media posts or business cards). Find an appropriate template and take your pick!

Step Two: Select an Element to Implement Shadow Effect

Step two is selecting an element where the shadow effect should be applied, such as text, images or shapes. After selecting this element, select it and click on “Effects” button in toolbar to apply this change.

Step 3: Choose Your Shadow Effect

Clicking the “Effects” button will display a drop-down menu with various effects, and when selecting Shadow as one you’ll be taken to a panel that allows for customization of this effect.

Step 4: Customize Shadow Effect

Customize the shadow effect to suit your design by adjusting its blur, opacity, angle and distance settings. Play around until you achieve your desired result!

Step 5: Add Shadow Effect

Once you are happy with the shadow effect you have chosen, click “Apply,” and it will be applied to your element. Repeat this step for other components within your design to create a consistent look.

Step 6: Save and Export Your Design


save and export your design. Download your file as an image, PDF, or Canva project file – then share or use it in any future projects!

Create shadow effects easily and effectively in Canva with these six easy steps and you will have professional-looking designs with shadow effects that stand out. Canva allows anyone, without prior design experience, to craft beautiful designs – so let your creative juices flow!


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