If you're a graphic designer looking to streamline your design process, you might wonder if you can use your beloved Photoshop templates in Canva. The good news is that Canva now offers a feature to import PSD files for editing. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of importing Photoshop templates into Canva, discuss potential downsides, and provide solutions to common issues.

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Importing Photoshop Templates to Canva

Canva has made it easier than ever to bring your Photoshop templates into their platform. Here's how:

  1. Log in to your Canva account or create one if you don't have it yet.
  2. Visit the Canva website on your desktop browser.
  3. From the homepage, you have two options:
    • Drag and drop your Photoshop template file directly onto the homepage. Canva supports both PSD and .ai file types.
    • Click the "Upload" button on the top corner of the homepage banner. Then, either drag your file to the upload section or browse for it.
  4. Once your Photoshop template is uploaded, you can open it in the Canva editor for further customization.

It's important to note that Canva currently supports PSD files of up to 300MB, and .ai files are also supported. You can import Illustrator designs with up to 300 artboards as a single design, making it a versatile solution for various design projects.

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Downsides and Solutions

While importing Photoshop templates into Canva is convenient, there are a few potential downsides and challenges:

1. Font Matching

The imported text or font may look different in Canva compared to Photoshop.

Canva will try to identify and match the text font during the conversion process, but it's not always possible to find an exact match. To ensure consistency, manually adjust fonts as needed.

2. Color Editing

Editing colors in the imported design can be tricky.

The success of color editing depends on the original image type. For vector images, there's a better chance of success. If it's a raster image, Canva does not enable extensive color edits. Consider using vector graphics for more flexibility.

3. Image Limitations

Images within the imported design might have limitations.

Be aware that Canva limits images to 1200m per page for Illustrator and Photoshop designs. If you have many images, consider optimizing them before import to avoid exceeding this limit.

4. Complex Layers

Layer styles such as 'Multiply' are currently not supported in Canva. That is the reason why it is difficult to create realistic mockups in Canva. Multiply (and other layer styles such as 'Screen' and 'Color') is often used in Photoshop to create mockups by making the darker colors (such as shadows) visible in the artwork. Because of the absense 


Yes, you can use Photoshop templates in Canva, making it easier to collaborate and create stunning designs. By following the steps outlined above and keeping in mind the potential downsides and solutions, you can seamlessly integrate your Photoshop templates into Canva's user-friendly platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I import Photoshop templates with complex layers and masks into Canva?

A: Yes, Canva supports designs with layers, gradients, and masks, but some elements might be rasterized during the import process. Be prepared to adjust them as needed.

Q: Are there any limitations on the number of fonts I can import?

A: Yes, you can import up to 100 fonts into Canva for your designs.

Q: What file formats are supported for import in Canva?

A: Canva currently supports PSD and .ai file types for importing.

Q: Can I edit the imported Photoshop templates on Canva's mobile app?

A: Currently, importing and editing Photoshop templates is available only on the Canva desktop website.

Q: Are there any additional tips for a seamless transition from Photoshop to Canva?

A: Before importing, ensure your Photoshop design is in a "PDF compatible format" for a smoother import process.

Q: Can I collaborate with others on Canva when working with imported Photoshop templates?

A: Yes, Canva offers collaboration features, allowing you to work with team members or clients on your designs.

Q: Does Canva support importing PDFs as well?

A: Yes, you can also import PDFs into Canva for further editing.

Q: What is the maximum size limit for imported Photoshop templates?

A: Canva supports PSD files of up to 300MB in size.

Q: Can I use imported Photoshop templates for both personal and commercial projects?

A: Yes, you can use imported templates for both personal and commercial purposes, depending on the licensing of the original template.

Q: Is there a difference in the editing capabilities between Photoshop and Canva?

A: While Canva is a versatile design tool, Photoshop may offer more advanced editing options for certain design elements. Consider your specific project requirements when choosing the platform.