Sometimes the simplest things can drive you crazy – like trying to figure out how to make a thin rectangle in the new Canva interface.
It is actually really easy to do – but they don’t make it easy for you to figure out.
Crazy, I know.
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It is easier for me to show you how to do it – so I made this quick video to explain the process.
If you would rather read the tutorial, just keep scrolling below.
Step 1: Find the Rectangle Outline in Shapes
Go to Elements and then Shapes in the left hand menu bar.
You are looking for an image of a solid square.
If you don’t see it in the few items presented on this screen, then click on “see all” on the right hand side next to “Lines & Shapes”.
Scroll down through the shapes until you see the solid square.
Click on this element (it’s free) to add it to your workspace.
Step 2: Add an Outline to the Square Design Element
What you need to do at this point is to add an outline to your solid square.
You do this by clicking on the image of three increasingly thick lines in the top toolbar.
When you click this, you will get a choice on what style of border to add (solid, dashed, etc), and options for the thickness of the border.
The outline defaults to 4 pixels, but you can use the slider to make it thinner or thicker.
Remember that if you choose 0 pixels, the border will disappear – so one pixel is the thinnest that you can go.
Step 3: Make the Inside of the Element Transparent
The next thing you want to do is make the inside of the square transparent, so that all you see is the border that you added in step 2.
To do this click on the solid square in the top toolbar.
Then, choose the box with the gray checkerboard and diagonal red line going through it from the choices on your left.
Step 4: Change the Square to A Rectangle
The final step is to change the square element into a rectangle.
This is super easy to do.
Simply grab one of the corner circles or one of the side grab bars with your mouse and drag.
The square will morph into a rectangle of any size you choose.
And – the best part is that your thin rectangle border will stay the same thickness no matter how big you drag your rectangle. Those of you who have been using this a while will remember that in past versions of Canva, the thin border would get thicker if you dragged your rectangle bigger.
No more! This is such a huge improvement!
And there you have it – a thin rectangle in Canva.
- add the solid square element to your workspace,
- add a border,
- make the inside transparent,
- and drag the corner circles or side grab bars to resize the square into any size rectangle.
Your rectangle lines will stay thin.
Please tell me that I am not the only one having trouble figuring this out!
And make me feel better by pinning the image below, please.
What are some of things that have you perplexed in Canva?
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