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How Do I Fade Edges in Canva?

Last updated on November 9, 2022 @ 2:40 pm

Editing images is a breeze with Canva! Our easy-to-use online editor makes it simple to add text to your photos— no matter how many words you want to include.

When you’re creating a design with text, one of the first things you’ll want to do is add some visual interest to your words by adding a border or fading the edges of your text. Canva makes it easy to add these effects with our handy Fade Edges and Border tool.

To start, open up Canva and select the “Edit” tab. Then, click on the “Fade Edges” or “Border” button in the toolbar at the top of the editor.

edit image in Canva

When you click on either button, a new window will pop up with all of the different options for applying a border or fading the edges of your text. For example, you can choose to add a solid color border or a gradient border.

You can also adjust the thickness of your border and how far away from the edge of your text it appears.

image border

Once you’ve selected the perfect border or edge fade for your design, simply click “Apply” and watch as Canva adds your chosen effect to your text! Adding a border or edge fade to your text is a great way to add some visual interest to your designs.

faded light border for image

What is a faded edge?

A faded edge is a gradient tool that can be used to create a soft and subtle transition of color. It is a great way to add depth and dimension to an image. The example above is how a faded edge can be used.

What to consider when designing a faded edge layout

A faded edge layout is a design that has the image or text appear to fade into the background. It is a beautiful design that can be used in any kind of project, whether it be for a website, blog post, or social media post.

  1. When designing a faded edge layout, there are some things that you should consider. These include:
  2. What colors will work best with my background?
  3. How can I create an effect where my text will appear to fade into the background?
  4. What fonts should I use?
  5. How can I make my image stand out and not get lost in the background?
PRO TIP: If you are not careful, you can easily create an amateurish-looking design by using the “fade edges” feature in Canva. Make sure that you use this tool sparingly and only when it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, your design may look like it was created by a beginner.


By using Canva, users can import any image and modify it with a variety of filters, sophisticated effects, cropping options, and edging effects. Photo editing programs typically include all of those options. With Canva’s many design options, however, you have a lot of leeway in modifying photos to use as website components.

Drew Clemente

Drew Clemente

Devops & Sysadmin engineer. I basically build infrastructure online.