How to Add Music to Canva

how to add music to canva

This article covers how to add music to Canva. Canva is an excellent graphic design platform that basically lets you create any kind of visual content: Presentations (slideshows), graphics for Instagram, short videos, infographics, youtube thumbnails, and about anything else you can possibly think of.

Apart from visual elements, Canva also gives you the option to add music to your graphics & designs, be it images or videos. Canva now offers a wide selection of royalty-free music that can be added and customized to suit the length of your video. However, how can you actually add audio to a Canva project? In this article I will discuss it for you.

To add music/songs to a Canva project, all you need to do is navigate to the “Music” on the Canva dashboard. For more details, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Canva site and open your project

2. The music tab will only be visible when the project is open. Usually located under the text button (on the far left side of the screen/dashboard), then click the music button

3. Now, all that’s left for you to do is select a track from Canva’s Audio Library. Just drag & drop audio files into your project and you are all set.

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For now there is no way for you to specify the playback time of each slide. Now, if you drag & drop a video which is like for example 25 seconds long onto your first slide, you can trim the video to say 5 seconds.

And then just use the transparency setting from above and you will have a slide that is exactly 5 seconds long. You can of course make it 7 seconds or 12 seconds long. This is completely up to you.

Also read: How to Make Videos with Canva

It’s worth noting that handling audio is still quite a hassle in Canva. Nonetheless, there aren’t many customization options as far as music goes. In fact, the only thing Canva can do with audio tracks right now is trim the music to a certain length and change the volume of the audio track.

In most cases, this is not enough. For example, there is no option to fade in or Fade out your music. Moreover, the volume of your audio track can only be changed as a whole, which means that your entire audio track will basically run at the same audio level.

Canva is great software, but when it comes to audio, Canva is still very premature. If you agree to use music from the Canva Audio library, all you have to do is drag and drop it into your project.

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If you want to add your own music to a Canva project, the only way is to download the Canva project (no music) and then add the music of your choice later using a video editing software.

Using standalone video editing software not only lets you add your own music files but also gives you more freedom when manipulating that audio.

In Canva, currently all you can do with audio is trim the audio to a specific length and change the volume of the entire audio track.