Hi everyone, in this article, I want to show you how easy or hard it is to make gradient text effects in Canva.
What is Gradient Text
Gradient text is a new and trendy way to add rich text effects to your designs.
Some designers enjoy using gradient text because it can create a sense of depth and complexity in their designs.
Gradient text also creates an optical illusion, as the color transitions from one to the next.
Create Gradient Text in Canva
For gradient text effects, I’m usually using Photoshop, but I understand not everyone can pay for a subscription to this expensive photo editor.
On the other hand, Canva has free and paid plans.
And in this article, I want to show you 2 different methods, one that works for the free version of Canva and then another that works only for the paid version.
Below is a video tutorial for beginners that explain all the methods.
Let’s start with the technique that works for both, the free and paid Canva versions.
To create a gradient text effect, we need to combine two elements… gradient background and letter frames.
While you can use any gradient background you have downloaded, it is quite easy to create your own in Canva.
Make A Gradient Background in Canva
To create a custom gradient, create a new page and then click on Elements in the left sidebar. Search for gradients and then select this free design.
Now, drag it onto the page. When you select the element, you can see two colors in the upper left corner.
Change these two colors for any colors you want to create a unique gradient background. Once finished, download the page as a PNG file.
Once you created your own gradient, it is time to make a text effect with it.
Gradient Text Effect in Canva Free
Open a new blank page, click on the Elements and search for the Letter frames.
Until recently, Canva had only one font as a letter frame, but over time, new fonts have been added, so the selection is a bit better.
The letter frames are giving users the ability to use a background for each individual letter.
So, find and drag in all the letters you need, position them the way you like, and add a dark background to the page to make the contrast more visible.
With the letter frames, you can only apply a photo or solid color, so that is why we created a png file with a gradient.
Find the png file, and drag it into the letters one by one.
Now, it is time to double click on each letter and resize the gradient image to cover all the edges of the page.
I think the result looks great. As you can see, it is relatively time-consuming to make a gradient text effect in a free version of Canva.
And unfortunately, we have only a few fonts to play with.
Gradient Text Effect in Canva Pro
But what if you want to use your favorite font with gradient colors.
Then you should see the second method.
A technique that is using text and gradient, but you also need access to the background removal tool that is part of a paid version on Canva only.
Open a new page, add your gradient file as a background and then add a text you want. In the next step, you need to select the text and adjust its transparency to 35 percent.
Now, download the whole image as png and upload it on Canva again.
Click on the Add page to make a new blank page and drag in the recently uploaded file.
In the next step, click on the Edit image feature at the top of the block and then select the background remover. Wait a few seconds and then click apply.
I like to use a dark background to check how the text looks.
As you can see, this method is faster than the first technique I have shown you, but it only works when you know how to remove the background from the text.
To be honest, you can safely replace the paid remover with any of the free background removers that are available online and then upload the image back to Canva to make some additional changes.
The choice is yours.
I hope this article was helpful, and if you learn something new or you have any questions, share, and comment, all your effort will be appreciated.
Here Are Some of My Favorite Tools For Print-on-demand
Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful as you build your own print-on-demand business.
Here are also some tools I use as a designer that I hope you will also find helpful.
Designs: For getting started, I really like Kittl. It is a fantastic place with highly professional templates, that can be edited and used for print-on-demand. In my opinion, it is a go-to place for any person, who wants to make money with POD.
Another of my favorites is Creative Fabrica. They have millions of cheap graphics that can elevate your t-shirt design. If you are not the most skillful designer, then try Placeit or Vexels. These are platforms, where you can find thousands of pre-made t-shirt designs you can easily edit and publish on any print-on-demand platform. I recommend Placeit for beginners and after you get some sales move to Vexels.
Free Designs: I love Canva. I’m using this platform almost every day. With Canva, you can create stunning t-shirt designs, they already have an entire section, where you can make your artwork from scratch or use some pre-made templates and edit them. Canva comes with two main pricing plans: FREE and PRO. And if you are a beginner, then I recommend the free plan, it should be enough for you.
If you need a fast graphic tool for creating stunning designs, you should try Kitll. This is a next-generation design creation platform new online graphic design tool. It is an insanely fast and easy-to-use graphic tool similar to Canva.
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