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How to Group Layers in Canva in 6 Easy Steps

How to Group Layers in Canva in 6 Easy Steps

Ooh! Canva’s so much fun! 

Who would have thought that working with layers is so easy thanks to Canva’s intuitive drag-and-drop feature? 

For those who don’t know what a layer means, think of it as stacking objects on top of each other to achieve a creative effect.

After adding the elements you’d need for your design, the only thing you have to figure out is how to arrange each of these layers creatively.

But, is it possible to group and move the layers as a single unit in Canva? 


How to Group Layers in Canva

To group layers in Canva, you need to select the elements or layers you’d like to bring together. Head to the toolbar and then tap on the “Group” button. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Cmd/Ctrl + G for faster grouping of layers.


Grouping Layers in Canva: 6 Steps

Grouping layers in Canva aren’t entirely different from grouping individual elements together. 

It just seems different because, technically, you’re trying to move layered elements as a single unit.

So, how indeed can you group layers in Canva?

Step 1: Open an existing design file or create a new one using the “Create a New Design” button on Canva’s home page.

Creating New Design

Step 2: Add the elements you’d like to use on the blank canvas by visiting the left-side menu on your Canva screen. Choose from photos, elements, etc. 

Choosing Elements for the Design

Step 3: To layer the elements according to how you want them to appear in your design, tap on it and head over to the toolbar to click on “Position.”

Clicking the Position Button

Step 4: In the dropdown menu, choose how you’d like to layer the elements. You can select from “Forward,” “To Front,” “Backward,” and “To Back.” The options will vary depending on how many elements you added.

Choosing Layering Options

Step 5: Once you’ve finished layering and aligning your elements, select the layers you’d like to group by clicking and dragging the cursor over them. You can also tap the “Shift” key while clicking on the layers one-by-one.

Highlighting Elements

Step 6: After highlighting the layers, go to the toolbar and tap the “Group” button. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl + G to execute that command.

Clicking the Group Button

And, with those six simple steps, you can now move Canva layers as a single unit. Gone are the moments wherein you’ll adjust the layers individually. 

But what if I don’t want to group those layers anymore? Can you still undo such action? Yes, indeed! To reverse such action, click on the grouped layer and tap the “Ungroup” button in the toolbar.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + G for easier ungrouping of the layers in Canva.


Frequently Asked Questions about How to Group Layers in Canva


What does layer mean in Canva?

Layering in Canva means stacking elements on top of each other. The front layers appear on top of the ones you’ve placed behind them.


Can you group all Canva elements?

Though Canva is pretty flexible, there are some design elements that you cannot group, namely charts and grids. 


How are layering and alignment different in Canva?

Layering means stacking Canva elements on each other, making sure the front layers stay on top of the back ones. Alignment, on the other hand, refers to the element’s position in relation to the design page itself.


How do you change the layering of elements in Canva?

To layer Canva elements, you’ll need to tap on the Position button on the toolbar. Click the arrow up icon to bring the element one layer up, and click on the arrow down icon to bring the element one layer down.