10 Free Canva Fonts You Should Use in Your Designs and Presentations
If you love designing things, especially social media graphics, marketing materials, and presentations, you’ve probably heard of Canva.
Canva is a free online graphic design tool, and it’s packed with handy features that make designing incredibly easy. Here, we’ve compiled ten of the best text-based Canva fonts you should try, plus fonts hidden in Photos and Elements that you might not know about.
1. BD Sans Slim
If you are looking for a minimal, simple and elegant font on Canva, then BD Sans Thin is an ideal choice. This font looks great on its own, but can also be paired with a thick, bold font like Notable to create a layered effect.
If you want BD Sans Thin to look even more upscale, increase the spacing between the letters.
2. MOKOTO GLITCH 2
Decorative fonts can be unreadable at times, but MOKOTO GLITCH 2 manages to stay readable while delivering a pretty dramatic glitch effect. This font looks great in black but even better in a vibrant neon color on a black background. Try it out and play around with Canva’s built-in Glitch effect to take this font to a whole new dimension.
3. Body text
Body copy may not be fancy, exciting, or bold, but what it lacks in personality it makes up for in practicality. Great designs need legible body text, and as the name suggests, the Body Text Canva font was designed to do just that. Leave the swirl fonts for headings and stick to something simple for paragraphs.
Back to cool fonts. Retropix is a personal favorite, and for obvious reasons. It’s quirky and fun but still readable even with a small font size. For tech-based content or anything you want to add a retro vibe, Retropix is a winner. If you want to take Retropix to another level, try the Canva Glitch effect with it.
5. Canva Student Font
Canva has no shortage of handwriting fonts, but finding a readable one can be tricky. Canva Student Font is a great handwriting font for text that you want to make easily readable. It still has a personal writing vibe, but is also simplistic enough to act as body text.
Compared to handwriting fonts like Apricots, Canva Student Font isn’t particularly sleek or fancy, but it’s practical and sometimes takes precedence.
6. Amsterdam 2
On the other end of the handwriting spectrum, we have fonts like Amsterdam Two. As the name suggests, Amsterdam Two is just one font in a series, and there are actually four different Amsterdam fonts to choose from.
Unlike Canva Student Font, which is pretty uniform, Amsterdam Two really emphasizes capitals, making it great for short headers, but not for long pieces of body text.
If you can’t find a font you like for your project, it’s worth learning how to upload your own fonts to Canva. You can even create your own handwriting font and upload it!
7. DECORATIVE CINZEL
If you want a dramatic, classic, and elegant font, CINZEL DECORATIVE should be on your shortlist. It has a Disney Princess vibe and looks fantastic in headers and titles. It is also a great font for initials and wedding invitations.
If CINZEL DECORATIVE is a bit too ornate for your needs, take a look at its slightly more understated sibling, CINZEL.
CODE is another one of those fonts that can really elevate a brand or title. It’s incredibly minimal, simple and thin, which seems to be the style of choice for many modern high-end brands. Although you can use CODE as a body font, it comes into its own for logos.
Like BD Sans Thin, CODE can be raised by increasing the distance between letters.
Archicoco is perhaps the opposite of CODE. It’s a bold and striking decorative font, and while it can be a bit tricky to read, it’s also fun to play around with. Although Archicoco can be used in lowercase, it makes sense for uppercase headers. Try it out and add shadow for a really striking design.
Another way to upgrade the Archicoco font is to add an animated text mask layer. Archicoco is bold and distinct enough to work with a text mask, so give it a try.
Last but not least, we have Genty. For a groovy design, Genty should be your go-to, especially if the overall design incorporates 70s elements. Get creative with color and try the Canva Splice effect to give this font a dimension of its own.
Another advantage of the Genty Canva font is its ability to work for both headings and body text. While it’s decorative enough to be bold and interesting, it’s also not too decorative for short chunks of body text.
Canva fonts hidden in elements and photos
There are hundreds of fonts to choose from in Canva, but did you know you can also find hidden fonts in the Elements and Photos sections? It’s true, there are a lot of hidden features in Canva that people don’t know about.
To find these hidden fonts, head to the Elements tab and type in a letter, filter by chartand when you see a style you like, hover over it, press the three points then select See more like this. Some letters in Canva Elements are unique, but a surprising number are part of an alphabet series, which means you can create whole words using cool graphics in your designs.
The same process works for the animated letters as well as the letters in the Photos section of Canva. The only downside to these hidden fonts is that many are only available with premium Canva, so you’ll need to upgrade if you want to use them in your design.
If you don’t want to see the premium items, you can always filter your search by typing the desired letter, pressing the filtered icon selection Free, then view your results.
Use Canva fonts to enhance your designs
Canva is a fantastic free design tool. There are hundreds of free stuff to choose from, including these stylish fonts, and you don’t feel too limited by having a free account.
That being said, if you like Canva’s free offerings, you’ll love Canva Premium.