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Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Music to Canva Video

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Video content production is the most effective type of content on social media today. Even short videos are more effective at attracting the attention of the audience. It may be because of the attractive music that keeps the audience watching the video until the end. 

It is not just video that can have this effect; even photos or presentations accompanied by attractive music can make an impact on the audience and keep them engaged for much longer. 

With Canva’s intuitive design platform and vast library of tunes, adding music has never been easier. Whether you are creating a presentation, social media post, or even a video project, the right soundtrack can elevate your design and enhance the overall user experience.

In this tutorial on TurnitStudio, we will explore one of the most practical ways to enhance your design using music in Canva. Music can also be an effective way to draw the attention of the audience and keep them engaged. It can also help to create a mood or emotion and make your design more impactful. Additionally, music can help to create a sense of unity and harmony in your design. 

Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of incorporating music into your creations.


Step 1: Choosing the right music for your design

The first step in adding music to your Canva design is selecting the perfect track that complements your visual content. Canva offers a vast library of tunes to choose from, ensuring that you’ll find the right music for any occasion. Here’s how you can choose the right music for your design:

  1. Understand your design’s purpose: Before selecting a track, it’s important to consider the purpose and message of your design. Are you creating a promotional video? An informative presentation? A social media post? Understanding the purpose will help you narrow down your music choices.
  2. Consider your target audience: Think about your target audience and their preferences. What kind of music would resonate with them? Is there a specific genre or style that aligns with your brand voice? Keep your audience in mind when selecting the track to ensure that it will appeal to them.
  3. Match the mood: Think about the emotions you want to evoke with your design. Do you want it to be uplifting and joyful, or more introspective and contemplative? Choose a track that matches the mood you want to convey.

Once you have a clear idea of the type of music you’re looking for, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Uploading music to Canva

If you have a specific track in mind that is not available in Canva’s library, you have the option to upload your own music. Here’s how you can upload music to Canva:

  1. Prepare your music file: Make sure your music file is in a compatible format (such as MP3 or WAV) and is saved on your device.
  2. Open Canva: Log in to your Canva account and open the design you want to add music to.
  3. Navigate to the Music tab: In the Canva editor, click on the “Music” tab located in the left sidebar.
  4. Upload your music: Click on the “Upload” button and select the music file from your device. Canva will upload the file and make it available for you to use in your design.

Now that you have uploaded your music, it’s time to add it to your Canva design.

Step 3: Adding music to your Canva design

Adding music to your Canva design is a straightforward process. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Navigate to the Audio section: In the Canva editor, click on the “Music” tab located in the left sidebar.
  2. Choose your music: Browse through Canva’s library or uploaded files to find the track you want to add to your design. Once you’ve found it, click on the track to select it.
  3. Drag and drop the music: With the track selected, simply drag and drop it onto your design canvas. Canva will automatically add the music to your design and display a waveform representing the audio.

You’ve successfully added music to your Canva design! But we’re not done yet – let’s move on to the next step to fine-tune the music settings.

Step 4: Adjusting the music settings

Canva provides several options to customize the music settings and ensure it aligns perfectly with your design. Here are some ways you can adjust the music settings:

  1. Volume control: You can adjust the volume of the music to create the desired balance between the audio and visual elements of your design. Click on the music waveform and use the volume slider to increase or decrease the volume.
  2. Looping: If you want the music to play continuously throughout your design, you can enable the looping feature. Click on the music waveform and toggle the looping option to “On”.
  3. Trimming: Sometimes you may want to use only a specific portion of a track. Canva allows you to trim the music to the desired duration. Click on the music waveform and drag the handles to select the portion you want to keep.

By fine-tuning the music settings, you can ensure that the audio perfectly complements your visual design. Now let’s move on to the next step to preview and export your design with music.

Step 5: Previewing and exporting your design with music

Once you have added and adjusted the music to your Canva design, it’s time to preview and export your creation. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Preview your design: Click on the “Preview” button in the top right corner of the Canva editor to see how your design appears with the music.
  2. Export your design: Click on the “Download” button in the top right corner of the Canva editor to export your design in your desired format (such as JPG, PNG, or PDF).
  3. Share your creation: Share your design with your audience on social media, your website, or any other platform. Share a link to your design or upload the file directly to your desired platform to showcase your work.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully added music to your Canva design. Experiment with different tracks and settings to create captivating designs that engage and inspire your audience.

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