How to Create Vertical Text in Canva [A 2024 Step-by-Step Guide]

| | March 20, 2024

Vertical text adds a unique visual appeal and can instantly grab attention. It's a great way to break the traditional horizontal text layout and bring a fresh perspective to your designs. 

Whether you're using Canva, the popular graphic designing software, for creating social media posts, flyers, or presentations, vertical text can help you make a bold statement and stand out from the crowd.

I have been using Canva for the last couple of years for creating featured images, logos, social media content, favicon, and more for my blogs. It offers professionally designed templates in different categories that can be easily customized to match your brand style, color and feel.

In this blog article, I'll show you how to create vertical text in Canva. Whether you're a seasoned designer or just starting out, I assure you that creating vertical text in Canva is easier than you might think.

Let's get started.

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How to Create Vertical Text in Canva

How to Create Vertical Text in Canva

First, you need to log in to your Canva account. If you don't have an account, you can either join its free trial which gives you access to premium features for 30 days or you can join its forever free plan with basic features.

Once you've log in to your account, you need to create a new design or open one of your existing designs.

Let's start with a new design

Click on Create a design, and you would get some suggestions (see the below screenshot). Alternatively, you can enter and search for your design in the Search bar (for example, Pinterest post, infographics, Facebook post, blog banner, YouTube thumbnail, and more).

For this tutorial, let's chose the option - Instagram Post (Square) as shown in the below screenshot.

Canva Create Design

When you click on Instagram Post (Square), Canva Editor will open. Here, you create your design with different designing options given at the left of the editor.

To create a vertical text in Canva, first we'll add a text in our design. To add a text, click on Text, then click on Add a text box (see the below screenshot).

Blank Canvas

Now, you can see a text on your design as shown in the below screenshot.

Add Text Canva

By default, the text is aligned horizontally. To make it vertical, we will perform some small steps but before that you can add your own text to replace the default text - Your paragraph text.

Added Text Canva

In the above screenshot, you can see that I have added a text - Vertical Text replacing the default text.

Creating Vertical Text in Canva

To make this vertical in Canva, we will first select the text. On selection, the text will have a purple border around it. 

Now, we'll move the mouse to the right edge of the purple border as marked by the arrow (see the above screenshot) and click the left button of the mouse and drag it until the letters stack on top of each other (see the below screenshot).

Move Text Canva

In the above screenshot, you can see that all the letters of the text are aligned on top of each other but some of it has gone off our design space.

Now, we will select our text and drag it inside our design as shown in the below screenshot.

Edit Text Canva

Now that our text is vertical, let's talk about enhancing it to make it even more appealing. Choosing the right font style and size is crucial to ensure readability.

Canva offers a wide range of fonts to choose from, so take your time to find the one that matches your design aesthetic.

As for font size, consider the size of your canvas and the amount of text you have. You don't want the text to be too small or too big, so find a balance that works for your design.

If you prefer, you can also make certain changes to your text like adding effects or changing its color, character spacing, spacing and more.

Font Style Size Canva

In the below screenshot, you can see that I have made the following changes to my text:

  • Changed the font style to Chunk Five from Canva Sans
  • Changed the font size to 34 from 30
Vertical Text Canva

That's it. You have successfully converted your horizontal text into a vertical text.

I hope now you know how to create vertical text in Canva by following some easy steps.

Tips: Colors, effects, and overlays can also play a significant role in making your vertical text pop. Experiment with different color combinations to find the one that creates the desired impact. You can also apply effects like gradients or shadows to add depth and dimension to your text. Don't be afraid to play around with overlays, such as lines or shapes, to further enhance your design.

Wrapping Up

Creating vertical text in Canva is a breeze, and anyone can do it by following the above tutorial. We've explored the key steps, from creating a blank design to adjusting text orientation and enhancing the vertical text with font style and size. 

Remember to have fun along the way and experiment with different design elements to bring your vision to life.

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