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How to Share a Canva Design as a Template

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How to Share a Canva Design as a Template
One of the coolest features of Canva is undoubtedly the ability to share any design you create as a template. This feature has changed so many of our lives, it’s almost uncanny! Personally, I’m able to make anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 every month from selling Canva templates, on the side! All thanks to this template-sharing feature.

In short, I design Canva templates, and sell them on my Canva shop, on Etsy, and on Creative Market, and make a nice monthly income.

In fact, this year, between January and February of 2024, I made a whopping 2.2 grand from just one of my shops (on this website). Much more than that if I sum up my revenue from Etsy and Creative Market, but that’s too much work for now 😉

Screenshot of WooCommerce sales report showing Canva template income from The Side Blogger template shop.
Screenshot of WooCommerce sales report showing Canva template income from The Side Blogger template shop.

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Before we see how to share a Canva design as a template, of course, you’ll need to have a Canva account.

Also, FYI, the option to share a Canva design as a template is available to BOTH free and Pro Canva users. That said, if you want to give Canva Pro a try, feel free to sign up for a 30-day free Canva Pro trial.

The different ways to share a design

There are a few ways to share a Canva design.

Share the original design

When you create a design on Canva, you can share the design with anyone. But this is not the same as sharing a template, which we’ll talk about shortly.

But, just for the record, you can actually give access to your original design with a link if you so choose. Just click the share button at the top-right corner, and then in the dropdown, you can choose to share the design with specific people or with anyone with a link (similar to sharing a Google doc with a link.)

This can be useful if you’re trying to share a design with a team member who may need to make changes to the original design, for example.

How to share a Canva design with anyone | Screenshot
How to share a Canva design with anyone | Screenshot

Share as a template

Sharing a design as a template is different from sharing the original design.

When you share a Canva design as a template using a special template link, people with that link can click it and a copy of the original design will be created on their Canva accounts, and they will be able to make changes to it on their end.

Basically, people can make changes and edits to your design, but without affecting your master design (because they’re really just making changes to a copy of the original.)

That’s why this feature is crucial to those of us who sell Canva templates.

How to share a Canva design as a template on a desktop/browser

The video below will walk you through the process of sharing a Canva design as a template. If you want a text-based tutorial, then scroll past the video and keep reading.

Here’s the step-by-step:

  • In the design window that you’re creating to sell, click on the share button, and then at the bottom of the dropdown that appears, click the three dots.
Screenshot of Canva share button and the dropdown and where to find the three dots.
Screenshot of Canva share button and the dropdown and where to find the three dots.
  • In the next drop-down window, find and click the tab that says “Template link.”
Screenshot showing where "Template link" is in a Canva design window.
Screenshot showing where the “Template link” is in a Canva design window.
  • This will open another section and it has a button that says “Create template link.” Click that link.
Screenshot is showing the button that says "Create template link" in a Canva design window.
Screenshot showing the button that says “Create template link” in a Canva design window.
  • This will create the template link. In the next drop-down window, you should see the template link. This is the link you’ll be sharing with your buyers.
Screenshot showing where the template link is in a Canva design window.
Screenshot showing where the template link is in a Canva design window.
How to share a Canva template from the mobile app

These tutorials are primarily for desktop/browser users. But since I’ve received this question a couple of times, I wanted to show you where to find the template link on a mobile app.

For reference, the following tutorial + screenshot is using an Android phone:

  • Click the share icon from the top-right corner of the design editor.
  • You’ll see that a bunch of share options will open up. At the top of this list, you’ll see a field with many different options and apps to share with.
  • Swipe sideways through this list until you see the “Template link” option.
  • Click it to get the template link.
Where to find the template link for a Canva design on the Canva mobile app.
Where to find the template link for a Canva design on the Canva mobile app.

[*Be advised, if you share a design that has pro elements with a user who’s on a free account, they’ll need to upgrade to a pro account before they can download the design file.]

And that’s it!

You’re now ready to share your Canva design as a template. Ideally, for folks who sell Canva templates, like myself, it’s best to create a PDF document with the template link (the video above shows how I do it), and then share that PDF with the buyers.


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32 thoughts on “How to Share a Canva Design as a Template”
  1. hi!
    is there a way you can make only certain parts of your template editable?
    like i made invitations and i don’t want people to be able to change the whole thing, only the details that need to be changed like name, address, and date.
    thank you! 🙂

    1. No, unfortunately. You can lock certain layers, but anyone using the template will be able to unlock them just as well. In any case, if you’re creating templates to sell, I do not recommend locking parts of the design; buyers should be able to edit any part they want. But if it is for something else, then unfortunately, Canva doesn’t yet have the ability to make parts of a template uneditable.

  2. Great blog post! Sharing a Canva design as a template is such a valuable skill, and your step-by-step guide makes the process incredibly accessible. I appreciate the clear instructions and helpful tips you provided, making it easy for both beginners and experienced Canva users to follow along. The screenshots and visuals really enhance the understanding of each step. This post is a must-read for anyone looking to streamline their design collaboration or share their creativity with others. Thanks for simplifying the process and empowering us to make the most out of Canva’s collaborative features!

  3. Hi

    If I have an account that has shared templates to other accounts. Will the shared templates then be visible to whom I have shared them to if I delete my account? Or will they disappear together with my account?

    1. There are a couple of ways to share a design: as a template where once a person opens the template, they’re basically creating a copy of the design on their end (which this tutorial is about), and share the design itself (where you and the other account both have access to the same design editor). If you shared a design as a template, and someone opens the template on their account, then the template will remain in their account even if you delete your Canva account. However, if you shared the design itself and not a template, then yes, all shared designs will also be deleted once you delete your account. You can learn more about what happens when you delete a Canva account here: https://www.canva.com/help/delete-account/

  4. Dear Maliha,
    Is there any way to protect the design from copying it?
    For example – I plan to sell birthday invitation templates that include various images that I have drawn myself or purchased. How can I protect them from being copied?
    Locking them into the template itself is very easy to remove and copy by the clients.

    Thanks in advance,
    Plamena

    1. There’s no way to protect them if you choose to use your own designs, except mention it in your license and terms that mentions your copyright ownership and to which extent you allow people to your custom elements.

  5. Hi Maliha,
    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Very helpfull!
    I have just one question on which I can’t find the answer anywhere…
    If you want to make a digital planner, instead of a printable planner, how can you make a template in which people can actually write something?
    I assume that is possible to write on a digital planner, but how can you create that in Canva?

    Kind regards,
    Annemarie

    1. Depends on when a user will open your template. If someone opens a template and you make changes to your master design afterward, then the template on their end won’t update automatically. But if you share the master design and not a template, then your client will see the updated version on their end. (Not recommended if you sell templates; but if you work with clients, then that’s an option)

  6. When I share the canva template link, any of the items with the Canva logo on them show up to the person I shared with since they aren’t Canva Pro users. How do I avoid this?

    1. You can use free photos and elements. There’s no way to avoid watermarks on Pro elements and images if a user is on the free plan and you’re using Pro assets on your templates. It is for the benefit of the user as it lets them know that their designs contain premium assets. This way they can choose whether to swap those assets for free alternatives or upgrade to a Pro plan.

  7. Dear Maliha,

    Is there any way to know if my template that I sell is shared by the person that buys it? Can I track who opens it?

    Thanks!

  8. Jacqueline Benson

    I have a font related question I can’t find an answer to easily.
    If I have a Pro account and use only custom created or free content (I’m a graphic designer uploading SVGs) but use an uploaded font… will the person who uses the link be able to see/use the uploaded font? Or to use/see the custom font they’d need to have Pro?

    1. They’ll need to own the font as well (font licensing will defer to whatever font you’re using since it’s not a font from the Canva font library) on top of having to be a Canva Pro user for being able to use and upload a custom font.

  9. Hello, I have a few questions: If I share the template and the buyer has no canva account, will there be an option available for him to create one? And if he does, and upgrades later, do I get the comissions from this, or how exactly does this work?
    Thanks and best regards!

    1. If you share a template with someone who doesn’t have a Canva account, they’ll need to create a Canva account first. Once they do, they’ll be able to access the template. You only get a commission if you’re a Canva affiliate and someone uses that specific link to sign up for Canva. Template links are not affiliate links.

  10. A very nice article! Some points are very wonderful and classic. Keep up the great piece of work.
    Thanks a lot.

  11. Hello Maliha,

    if I use a pro account to make a design (and use pro designs) and then share the template link to a buyer, should the buyer have a pro account, too?

    Thank you,

    Stephanie

  12. Hello! I have a Canva Pro account so I have access to the images and fonts only available to pro users. That said, if I create a template in Canva to sell/share and use pro images and fonts, will the end user (who may only have a free account) be able to see/use the pro fonts/images that I included in my design? Thanks in advance!

  13. Hi Mahlia, if I give someone a link to a design, will they be able to view my dashboard (as in be able to see all of the other things I have designed over the years?) or will they solely see just the image I have shared? Thank you 🙂

  14. Question. Say somebody buys my template and gets the link address. In theory then anyone who has the link address will be able to access my template for free(if the original buyer chooses to share this link) no? (kind of like how we share netflix ids). Is there a way to prevent this?

    1. There’s no way to prevent this. You just have to trust (and hope) that the buyer will not freely share the template link that they paid to purchase.

  15. Dominique de Merteuil

    Dear Maliha,
    This might be a silly question, but I haven’t figured out the answer, and you are my only hope!

    How do you create one link in Canva for a bundle with templates made as two separate designs, square + vertical? I know how to merge/add pages from different projects as long as they are the same shape, but I can’t figure out how to do it when they are different.

    Do you think it would look unprofessional if I provided the buyer with two separate links instead of one?

    Dominique x

    1. You can create one PDF with multiple links to separate designs. I don’t see why this would be unprofessional as long as buyers get what they paid for.

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