Canva is an awesome graphic design platform that basically lets you create any kind of visual content: infographics, youtube thumbnails, Presentations (slide shows), graphics for Instagram, short videos and about anything else that you could possibly think of.
Apart from visual elements, Canva also gives you the option to add music to your graphics & design, be it images or videos.
But how do you actually add audio to your Canva projects?
Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!
How To Add Music to your Canva Projects?
In order to add music to your Canva projects, all you need to do is to navigate to “Music” in your Canva dashboard. The music tab will only be visible when an actual project is opened. It is usually located under the text button (on the very left side of the screen/dashboard). Now, all that is left for you to do is to choose one of the audio tracks from Canva’s Audio Library. Simply drag & drop the audio file into your project and you are all set.
Adding music to Canva: Limitations
It needs to be pointed out that working with audio is still pretty troublesome in Canva.
That said, there are not many customization options as far as music goes.
In fact, the only thing that Canva lets you do with audio tracks at this very moment is to trim the music to a certain length and to change the volume of the audio track.
In many cases, this won’t be sufficient.
For instance, there is no option to either fade in your music or to fade it out.
Morevoer, the volume of your audio track can only be changed as a whole, which means that your whole audio track is basically going to run at the same audio level.
Adding your own music to Canva is problematic
So what about adding your own music tracks to Canva?
Well, to put it simply: It is actually not even possible.
Well, almost. In fact, there is acutally a workaround to add your own music to Canva. But it is not something that makes a whole lot of sense.
At least not if you are serious about music. But ok, I will let you guys know.
So, if you really want to add your own music to Canva, the only way you can currently do this is by uploading your music in a video format.
So, if you are uploading your music as part of an .mp4 file, for instance, the music will indeed playback.
You can obviously also just simply upload a regular video that contains some music in it. That also works.
But wait, if I just want the music to play but don’t want the video itself to show, how can I even do that?
Well, to do just that, all that you need to do is to set the transparency of your video to 0.
Yet another small workaround, you see. And this workaround can also be used as a hack to change the duration of slides in canva.
Let’s say you have a slideshow in Canva with 5 slides.
There is currently no way for you to determine the playback time of each slide (can you actually believe that Canva did not yet introduce this kind of feature? Crazy!).
Now, if you drag & drop a video that is like let’s say 25 seconds long onto your first slide, you will be able to trim the video to let’s say 5 seconds.
And then just use the transparency hack from above and you will have a slide that is exactly 5 seconds long.
You could, of course, also make it 7 seconds long or 12 seconds. It’s totally up to you.
To add your own music to Canva projects, do THIS
As we have seen in this article, there is currently no acceptable way (at least not for me) to add your own music to Canva.
So, does that mean that you simply can’t add your own music to your Canva projects?
To add your own music to Canva projects (be it images, slideshows or videos), what you need to do is to first download your project.
After that’s done, open your video editor of choice and then simply add your own music as a seperate audio track.
Like this, you will still be able to use your own music with your Canva projects.
It might sound a little bit complicated but you will get accustomed to it. It’s actually pretty fast after doing it a couple of times.
The main reason why this workflow is still pretty good is that Canva is a master at compressing files.
When downloading video projects (without music!) from Canva (in .mp4 format), I sometimes almost can’t believe my eyes!
Because Canva compresses these videos soooo welll…and they are usually extremely tiny in size.
That said, the download will often just take me a couple of seconds.
After that, all that is left for me to do is to add the video clip into Premiere Pro and then add some music to my video clip.
I know, I know, Premiere Pro is paid software. So if you don’t have access to Premiere Pro, you could also use some free software to achieve the same:
If you are on a mac, you can use the free version of Davinci Resolve
Canva and Audio: Conclusion
Canva is an amazing piece of software. I actually use Canva on a daily basis.
But when it comes to handling audio, Canva is still very premature.
If you are ok with using music from the Canva Audio library, feel free to do so.
If you would like to add your own music to your Canva projects, the only real way to this right is to download the Canva project (without any music) and then add the music of your choice later on by using a video editing software.
Not only will using a standalone video editing software allow you to add your own music files but also will it give you more freedom when manipulating that audio.
In Canva, all you can currently do with audio, is to trim the audio to a certain length and change the overall volume of the audio track.
That’s just not enough, at least not for me!
But don’t worry Canva, I still love you!