How to Change Orientation on Canva

It’s easy to change the page orientation on Canva, just find the “Resize” tool on the menu at the top of the screen. You can select any ratio from the template library or create a custom size. 

Unfortunately, this feature only works for Canva Pro users. If you don’t have a Canva Pro account, you may consider creating a design file with new dimensions and copy-paste all the elements manually.

My name is Yana and I work with Canva on a daily basis for the last few years. Occasionally I need to create the same design in different ratio options to post it over different social media channels and Canva has always been very helpful in this situation. I changed the page orientation multiple times, so I know all the tricks about this process.

Today, I’ll show you how to change the orientation of your design using a Resize tool, as well as how to do it manually. Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways

  • There is no option to change a page orientation just in one click, but you can reach the desired results by using the Resize feature.
  • Canva offers a variety of pre-saved sizes and orientations, but you also can create a custom size to fit your specific design needs.
  • Resize tool allows you to change the ratio of your design while keeping the original elements inside, so you can create multiple versions of your design without having to start from scratch.

How to Change Page Orientation on Canva

Whether you need to adjust your design to different devices or adapt to various social media platforms, Canva can help you to do it. It is much easier to achieve your goals if you have a Canva Pro account, but we also will cover a step-by-step tutorial for regular Canva Free users.

How to Change Orientation with Resize Tool

If you have a Canva Pro account, you can change the orientation of your canvas in a few clicks with the Resize feature. This tool lets you easily adjust the size of your design to fit different dimensions or aspect ratios.

Step 1: Open your design file and find the Resize button on the top menu. Click on it and choose design dimensions from a variety of options. You can also create a new customized size by manually inserting the future file’s proportions. 

Step 2: Once you’ve added new proportions, click on Copy and Resize button. This way you will create a new design file without making changes to the original one. But you can also hit Resize button if you want to make changes to the existing file.

Step 3: Since the layout of the elements would be different, consider rotating, or changing the size and position of the elements, to make the design look great.

How to Change Orientation Manually

Don’t worry if you don’t have a Canva Pro account. You still can change the orientation of your design, but it will take a bit longer since we need to do it manually.

Step 1: Start by opening your design file. Next, open the Canva homepage in a new tab of your browser and click the Create a design button to choose the file ratio. There are many options, including frames for Facebook and Instagram posts, posters, and A4 documents. To start a new design file, click the one you want to use.

Step 2: Now, come back to your original design and simply select and copy all the elements of your design to paste it into the new file. 

Select the elements by clicking and moving the mouse cursor over the design file or press the Shift key and select each element manually. Now you can transfer them by right clicking and selecting Copy or just hitting Command + C for Mac and Ctrl + C for Windows. 

Step 3: Next, go to the new frame and Paste all the elements inside. For that, click the right mouse button and select Paste action or press the Command+V keys for Mac and Ctrl+V for Windows. Double-check if didn’t miss any elements or text boxes while transferring.

Step 4: If you want, you can change the positions and sizes of the elements on the design file with new dimensions. You can also edit the layout, resize images or rearrange the position of the elements so it looks great in a new file.

Final Thoughts

Of course, it is much easier to change the orientation of a page using the Resize tool, which unfortunately is only accessible to Canva Pro users. However, even without Canva Pro, you can adjust your design to fit new dimensions by manually copying and pasting the graphic elements into a new file.

How often do you need to make a design in different sizes or orientations? Do you change the file orientation manually or by using the Resize tool in Canva? Share your experience in the comments below.

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