How To Group Elements In Canva

The extensive options of elements that Canva provides its users with are one of the platform’s most essential services. However, they can sometimes be confusing to tackle. To preserve your preferences, you can group your elements. 

Select the elements of your choice, then select “Group,” and all the elements will be grouped. You can name the groups. 

If you are eager to learn more about Canva, continue reading. 

Why Are Grouping Elements In Canva Used?

Grouping elements in Canva can be used for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, grouping elements can create a more organized and visually appealing layout. Additionally, grouping elements can create focal points and emphasize specific areas in a design.

Different Groups That Can Be Created In Canva

While creating groups in Canva, the sky’s the limit regarding the types of groups. We have listed a few to give you some ideas. 

  • Category: You can group elements by type, such as photos, designs, or quotes.
  • Function: You can group elements by function, such as photos or designs.
  • Color: Create a group of elements with the same color.
  • Kind: Group objects by their type, such as text, shapes, photos, etc.
  • Alignment: Group a set of elements that are aligned in the same way.
  • Orientation: Group elements that are oriented in the same direction.
  • Location: Group elements that are located in the same area of the canvas.
  • Size: Create a group of elements that have the same size.

How To Group Elements In Canva?

Follow these instructions to group elements in Canva smoothly. 

  1. Select the elements you want to group by clicking and dragging your mouse over them.
  2. Click the “Group” button on the top left of your screen.
  3. All selected elements will now be grouped. You can also use the shortcut key “Ctrl + G” to group elements in Canva.
  4. You can now move, copy, rotate, or delete the group of elements as a single unit.

For an audio-visual tutorial, watch this video:

How To Layer Elements In Canva?

You can layer elements on top of each other to achieve different effects in Canva. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Open Canva and select your desired project type.
  2. Add the elements you want to layer to your project. This can be done by clicking the “Elements” tab on your screen’s left side, then selecting the items you want to add to the project.
  3. Click and drag the elements to your desired spot on the project.
  4. Select the element you want to layer first, then click on the “Arrange” button at the top of the project.
  5. Click and drag the element to the desired layer.
  6. Select the next element you want to layer and repeat the process.
  7. Once all layers are in place, you can adjust the layer order by using the “Send to Back” and “Bring to Front” buttons in the Arrange menu.
  8. Save your design, and you’re done!

How To Define The Opacity Of Your Layer In Canva?

In order to layer elements and determine opacity in Canva, you’ll need to create a new project first. From there:

  1. Select the “Layers” tab at the top of the page
  2. Click on the “Create New Layer” button.
  3. Give your new layer a name.
  4. Select the “Solid Color” option from the dropdown menu.

You’ll need to select the element you want to layer over the solid color. 

  1. Click on the “Layers” tab again
  2. Select the “Layer Style” option from the dropdown menu
  3. Select the “Overlay” option, and define the layer’s opacity.

How To Align Elements In Canva?

Follow the steps below to align your elements well.  

  1. Select the element you want to move by clicking on it.
  2. Please move your mouse cursor over the element and then click and drag it to the desired location.
  3. To align the element, click on the “Align” icon on the canvas’s left side.
  4. Select the alignment option you want to use. You can align the element to the canvas’s left, right, top, or bottom.
  5. Once you have selected the alignment option, the element will automatically align with the other canvas elements.


We are sure your organization skills will skyrocket now after learning about all the different ways elements can be grouped together. Canva is the most accessible application for making graphics; categorizing all the elements incorporated in your art, especially when you have a niche, makes Canva an even easier platform to employ.