Are you spending too much time in Canva trying to find cute elements, cool stickers or aesthetic backgrounds for your designs? With this big guide, we’ve got you covered!
We’ve collected 200+ keywords for backgrounds, shapes, design trends and many different topics, suitable for both the free and Pro plan. We’ll show you how keywords and brand codes work, and reveal some secret bonus elements that you can unlock.
Plus, we’ve included a handy PDF cheatsheet with all the keywords and codes.
So grab your design gloves and let’s dive in!
How to search for Elements on Canva with Keywords
Canva is our favorite design tool since it allows users to create professional and aesthetic designs with ease – and with access to millions of custom elements, stickers, icons and photos. To find the right elements matching your design, you use keywords.
Canva’s powerful search makes it easy to find the perfect elements to add to your design. They include many different element categories, such as:
- Lines & Shapes
- Photo Frames
- Charts & Tables
- …and more!
Get Free Elements: Using Canva Elements in Pro vs Free plans
When it comes to using Canva, there are two different plans to choose from: the free plan and the Pro plan. The free plan allows you to access a limited selection of elements, while the Pro plan gives you access to the full library of elements (over 100 million photos, videos and graphics). Additionally, with the Pro plan, you can also access a wider range of design elements, such as animations, vector elements, and more.
The good news: Both free and premium elements come with a license for commercial use.
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To help you make the most of your design experience, Canva is offering a free trial of the Pro plan. This gives you the opportunity to explore the full range of elements available on Canva.
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If you then feel you don’t need the premium features, you can simply cancel before your trial ends.
How to use Canva’s search
Now, whether you’ve choosen to start with a free plan or are already hooked up with everything Canva Pro has to offer, I’m sure you’re wondering how to search for aesthetic elements and make the most out of keywords and brand codes.
First navigate to Elements in the left menu bar. Then enter any keyword into the search bar to find the specific elements you’re looking for.
You’ll see that some of the elements are marked with a small crown icon. These are Pro elements which you can either purchase individually or unlock with a Canva Pro subscription.
If you aren’t a Pro member, you can filter for free elements using the settings icon next to the search bar.
You can choose between different types of elements to narrow down your search: Photos, Stickers, Icons, Graphics, etc.
When you find an element you like and want more of the same style, click the three dots and select “See more like this”. This is a handy trick to access Canva’s Magic Recommendations feature that will show you more of the elements you’re looking for!
But how do you find the right keywords to search for? The following list gives you access to over 200 Canva elements keywords to make your designs look cool. Plus, I’ve added secret brand codes for my favorite Canva Creator’s elements.
➡ Don’t forget to scroll until the end to download my Canva Elements Cheatsheet PDF so you can lookup the right keywords whenever you need them!
Canva Keywords List: The Best Keywords to Find Aesthetic Elements, Graphics and Stickers on Canva
Without further ado, here are 200+ keywords you can use to find aesthetic elements on Canva:
Best Canva Keywords for Background Elements
- Background pattern
- Geometric background
- Background + Color (e.g. Background Pink)
- Neutral background
- Plain Background
- Pastel aesthetic background
- Colorful background
Best Canva Element Keywords for Seamless Patterns & Textures
- Confetti pattern
- Animal pattern
- Geometric pattern
- Abstract pattern
Best Canva Keywords for Abstract Shapes & Elements
- Delicate Organic
- Abstract shape
- Abstract line
- Irregular shapes
Best Canva Keywords for Gradient Elements
- Blurred Gradient
- Gradient shape
- Gradient square
- Color + Gradient (e.g. blue gradient)
- Gradient line
- Circle gradient
Best Canva Keywords for Modern & Bold Elements
- Modern Shapes
- Giru aesthetic
Best Canva Element Keywords for Arrows, Frames & Dividers
- Curved arrow
- Straight arrow
- Leaf Frame
- Quote Box
- Quote Bubble
- Dialogue Box
- Text frame
- Message bubble
- Horizontal line
Best Canva Keywords for Boho Elements
- Boho Aesthetics
- Boho Rainbow
- Pampas grass
- Boho flowers
- Boho background
- Cosmic Vintage
Best Canva Keywords for Geometric Elements
- Geometric Overlapping Lines
- Solid Geometry
- Geometric shapes
- Diamond shape
Best Canva Element Keywords for Aesthetic Icons
- Aesthetic app icon
- Aesthetic icon
- Check icon
- Instagram icon
Best Canva Keywords for Handdrawn Elements & Doodles
- Doodle Line
- Wavy line
Best Canva Keywords for Brush Elements
- Paint Splash
- Brush Stroke
- Paint Stroke
- Brush Line
Best Canva Keywords for Retro & Vintage Elements
- Old computer aesthetic
- Retro ui
- Retro computer
- Disco ball
- Vintage background
- Vintage frame
Best Canva Keywords for Flowers & Floral Elements
- Blurred flowers
- Flower border
- Dried flowers
- Floral circle
- Flower drawing
- Simple flower
- Funky flower
- Flower doodle
- Flower outline
Best Canva Keywords for Minimalist Elements
- Line Art
- Line drawing
- Aesthetic lines
Best Canva Element Keywords for Cute Illustrations & People
- Aesthetic girl
- Woman portrait
- Watercolor Illustration
- Clip art
- Plant illustration
Best Canva Element Keywords for Y2K
- y2k aesthetic
- y2k elements
Best Canva Keywords for 3D Elements
- 3D elements
- Glossy 3D
Best Canva Keywords for Collage & Scrapbook Elements
- Collage elements
- Ripper paper
- Washi tape
- Halftone collage
- Collage cutouts
Best Canva Keywords for Animated & Moving Elements
- Moving lines
- Animated arrow
- Moving arrow
- Mouse click
- Sticker animated
- Swipe up
Best Canva Element Keywords for 2023 Design Ideas + Trends
- Plastic Texture
Best Canva Element Keywords for Letters & Quotes
- Neon words
- Collage letters
- Hand lettering
Best Canva Element Keywords for Social Media & Business
- Daily Planner
- Social media button
- Phone frame
- Product background
- Computer window
Best Canva Element Keywords for Equality & Human Rights
- Gender Equality
- Women Empowerment
- Pride Flag
- Womens Rights
- Strong woman
Best Canva Element Keywords for Selfcare & Mindfulness
- Me time
- Self care
- Love yourself
- Inspirational quotes
- Mental health awareness
- Be kind
Secret Bonus: Unlock Hidden Canva Elements with Brand Codes and Canva Creators
Searching for elements by keyword is a powerful Canva feature, but you can take your graphics up a notch by using secret elements by Canva Creators!
These are elements that are difficult to find over the normal search, but are hidden in the creator’s portfolio. You can find them by typing “@creatorname” in the elements search bar.
Previously, you would need the exact brand code of the creator, but now you can search for their name directly, which makes things a lot easier!
Another option to find a creator’s elements is by looking at similar elements. When you find an element you like, click on the three dots and you’ll see the name of the creator. Click on it to search through this particular creator’s portfolio and find similar elements.
Best Canva Creator Element Keywords and Brand Codes
The following list gives you an overview of our favorite Canva Creators:
Angela is the queen of funky retro elements! If you’re searching for trendy, bold and colorful graphics, stickers and elements, look no further.
Sketchify is my go-to for bold icons, cutouts and background graphics. But also if you’re searching elements for a specific topic, you might find something in their porfolio, since they feature thousands of elements for all kinds of niches and topics.
Michelle’s portfolio offers a great selection of black and white, line graphics and elements such as checkerboard designs and frames.
Best Canva Elements Collections
Another secret way not many people know to find hidden elements is using Canva’s done-for-you elements collections.
You find them by navigating to the Elements tab and then scrolling all the way down.
Elements collections to definitely try out are:
- Simple Multicolored Layering Lines
- Marker Textures and Swashes
- Lined Geometric Friendship Badges & Stickers
- Etheral Grainy Plants
- Abstract Minimalist Lined Elements
Tip: Find all elements from these collections by entering the name in the Elements search!
Free Download: Canva Element Keywords Cheatsheet PDF
Stop the endless search for aethetic elements to match your designs in Canva. Instead, grab this free cheatsheet we have created for you, including all keywords from this blog post, plus brand codes and creator names.
Download the free Canva Keywords PDF now 👇
Do you have more questions about Canva elements and keywords? Maybe your answer is in our frequently asked questions (otherwise, just leave a comment).
Are Canva elements copyright free?
No, they aren’t. The copyright either belongs to Canva itself or the creator who made this elements. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use elements for commercial use (see below), but it means that you can’t claim the elements you’re using as your own.
My elements are not loading / not showing up. What can I do?
If your elements search is not working, you have two options: First one is to close Canva and open it again. Then search again and see if it’s working. Otherwise, try different keywords and see if it’s a keyword-related problem. If the problem persists, contact the Canva support.
Are Canva (Pro) elements suitable for commercial use?
Yes. According to Canva’s license you can use any free and pro element for commercial use.
Can you use Canva elements to sell / for print on demand?
You can use elements you find on Canva for merchandise, templates or client designs, as long as you use them to create a new and original design. You can’t sell the elements as they are.
Can I use Canva elements in my logo?
Using Canva elements for your logo is allowed (also for a commercial logo), but there’s one caveat: You don’t own the copyright to these elements, so you can’t copyright the logo you are creating with them. Keep this in mind, since logos are often copyrighted for the brand that’s using them.
Can you sell Canva elements on Etsy?
No, you can’t. All elements on Canva are copyrighted, which means you can’t resell them – on Etsy or anywehre else.
Your 200+ keyword PDF [free] – does not have a hyperlink included for one to download.
Thanks for the heads up, seems like I forgot the link!
I added it now 🙂