How To Turn Off Snap to Grid in Canva

Are you facing the dreaded snap to grid issue in Canva? Learn how to stop it through the steps below.
Turn Off Snap to Grid in Canva

Snap to Grid is a feature offered in most designing applications to aid the users in aligning objects or elements on a predefined grid. While this is a feature, most find it frustrating as they uncontrollably snap to the grid, limiting flexibility to place them wherever needed.

To address this, we have come up with ways to turn off snap to grid temporarily, and here is how to do it:

Turn Off Snap to Grid in Canva

  1. Start by navigating to Canva and sign in with your credentials. Next, navigate to the Recent designs section and click on the project you’re working on.
Recent design
  1. However, if you haven’t started with any, do it by clicking on Create a design and choosing the design.
Create a design
  1. Once the existing/new design is loaded, try placing an image or an element in the design. For demonstration, we have added a frame and tried to place an image in it. If you notice it clearly, the image is cropped and snapped to the grid.
Image snapping to grid
  1. To avoid this from happening, first, add the image to the design by clicking on it. Next, hold Ctrl/Command and move the image onto the design to get the flexibility to place the image wherever needed. Here is how it temporarily turns off Snap to Grid:
Snap to Grid - Demonstration
  1. Alternatively, you can lock the design/frame – grid by right-clicking on it and, from the options displayed, click on Lock to get started.
Lock the design
  1. Now, you can place the image/elements wherever you wish without snapping it to the grid. Once you’re happy with the placement, unlock the design/frame, and you’re done.
Unlock the design

Wrapping Up

Congratulations on temporarily turning off Snap to Grid in Canva!

While this is a common scenario with most design tools and cannot be turned off, we suggest getting used to it. For more flexibility, we suggest using conventional photo editing or design tools as they offer more options to work with.


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