Canva Keywords For Creating Professional Designs

Even a year and a half ago, Canva was the unspoken graphic design tool that companies and freelancers used but never talked about. No one wanted to give away their secret graphic design weapon. Now that it’s spoken about so casually, we’re revealing some keywords that may be helpful when creating a Canva design.

You can do almost ANYTHING in Canva. Whether it’s creating banners, Instagram highlight icons, infographics, email designs, or anything else your heart desires, you’ll want to utilize the “Elements” tab for the following keywords. After that, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to apply that keyword to graphics, stock images, or videos

With any of the following keywords, you can get more specific. We’ll use the first word as our example: “watercolor.” Say you’re creating invitations for a baby shower and you want to make use of watercolor floral designs; you can get more niche by typing in “watercolor flower,” and you’ll be presented with plenty of options!

Now, let’s make your Canva experience a little easier.


You’ll get a variety of watercolor designs (leaves, flowers, clouds), along with abstract shapes and brushstrokes.


You’ll find images and vectors of pattern continuations. If you look just above your results, you’ll be able to narrow this down by the type of pattern: geometric, floral, texture, abstract, background, dots, etc.


This one is pretty self’ll get lots of variations of brush strokes. You can use the filter in the search box to show animated or static results as well.

Gradients / Oversaturated Gradients

Another basic but useful keyword. By putting in “oversaturated gradients,” you get a HUGE variety of neon gradients, 3D gradients, psychedelic gradients, and more.

Now moving on to the interesting keywords…

Abstract Portrait

If you’re looking for more of a human element (literally), this is the keyword for you. You can find countless, faceless - abstract - portraits.

These can be excellent for creating a more personal logo, invitations, business cards, utilizing on a website, quotes on social media and, hey, even highlight icons!