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How To Make Metallic Letters in Canva

How to make metal letters in Canva.

Want to create eye-catching designs with metallic letters in Canva but not sure how? This is article will show you how it’s done.

We take you through the exact steps you can take to make metallic letters in Canva, as well how to make overlays, find metallic letter elements, and more.

Let’s get into it.


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Creating metallic letters with letter frames (text masks)

Here are the simple steps you can take in Canva to quickly create metallic letters.

Note: If you want more free letter frame options than what you can find by searching on Canva, check out this article – 30+ Custom Canva letter frames.

Step 1: Add letter frames to the canvas

Once you’re in the Canva editor, go to the ‘Elements’ tab on the left side panel, scroll down until you find ‘Frames’ and click ‘See all’, and search for ‘letter’ in the frames section:

Searching for letter frames

Choose the letter frames you need to make up the word you want for your design, for example we added letters to make up our brand name ‘Design Hub’, and then arrange the letters on the canvas:

Adding the letter frames

Step 2: Find a metal image

The next step is to find a metal image to add as the text mask on your chosen letter frames. Navigate the ‘Photos’ tab on the left side panel and search for ‘metal’.

Searching for metal photos

You can also add extra words in your search phrase to get more options e.g.:

  • metal sheet
  • metal texture
  • metal plate
  • metallic gold
  • metal background
  • metal foil
  • metallic silver
  • silver metal
  • rusty metal
  • shiny metal

Step 3: Add the photos to your letter frames

Once you’ve found your photo(s) you simply need to drag them from the left side panel over the letter to add them to the frames as text masks:

Adding the photos to the letter frames

If you have a lot of letters and want to speed up the process you can add a photo to one of the letter frames, and then copy the ‘style’ and apply it to all the other letter frames on the canvas by selecting the letter frame that contains the photo, and clicking on the ‘Copy style’ button at the top right of the editor:

Copying the style

Then click and drag your cursor to select all the other letter frames, and the style will be applied to all of them:

Selecting all the other letter frames
Style applied

Step 4: Adjust the photos in the frames

Now all that’s left to do is to adjust the photos within the letter frames. To do this, simply double click on an image in one of the frames and adjust it to your liking:

Adjusting the photos in the frames

You can also click on an image in one of the letter frames and click on ‘Edit image’ via the panel above the editor and this will give you even more customization options such as being able to change the brightness, add filters, and much more:

Edit image options

And that’s it. You’ve created metallic letters using letter frames in Canva:

Metal letters made using frames in Canva

Creating metallic letters with shapes and frames

In this method we can utilize frames in Canva again but in a slightly different way. Essentially, we use them as overlays over shape elements and text elements. Here’s how:

Step 1: Find a frame that you like and a shape element to match

Navigate back to the frames area via the left side panel and find a frame shape that you like (one that you will be able to match up with a shape element exactly. We chose this one:

Adding a frame to the canvas

Then add a shape element that you can make into the exact same dimensions as your frame (you can find the shapes elements in the ‘Elements’ tab too):

Adding a shape in the same dimensions

Step 2: Add text over the shape element

Press T to add a text box to the canvas or go to the ‘text’ tab via the left side panel and click ‘Add a heading’. This will add a text box to your canvas.

Change the text to what you want e.g. we change it to ‘DH’, and then drag it over the shape element so it’s sitting exactly in the middle of it:

Adding a text element over the shape

Then change the text to the size that you want it to be, and choose the font and color:

Changing the font, size, etc.

Step 3: Add a photo to the frame

Now it’s time to add a photo to the frame. So, search for a metallic photo in the photos tab and add one that you like to the frame element:

Adding a photo to the frame

Step 4: Move the frame on top of the text & shape

The next step is to move the frame element so it’s sitting over the text and shape element perfectly:

Positioning the frame over the shape

You may have to adjust the layering to ensure the frame is sitting at the top by using the ‘Position’ options i.e ‘Forward’:

Moving the frame forward in the layers

Step 5: Make the frame transparent

The last step is to make the frame element slightly transparent so we can see the text element below it. To do that simply select the frame, click on the transparency button and change it to what works best:

Changing the transparency

And that’s it. You’ve made another design with metallic letters in Canva:

Metallic letters made with frames, shapes, and text elements

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Create metallic letters using letter elements

If you don’t want to use text elements or frames, you can search for metallic letter elements in Canva. There are quite a few to choose from.

We’ve put together a template with some of the metallic letter sets we found on Canva. You can access it via this link.

Step 1: Search for letter elements

Open a new or existing design, navigate to the ‘Elements’ tab on the left side panel and put in some search phrases to find your metallic letter elements.

Here are some good search terms:

  • metal letter
  • metal font
  • metal alphabet
  • rusty metal letter
  • metallic letters
  • steel letter
  • bronze letter

Step 2: Add the letters you need to the canvas

Find a set of letter elements that you like, and add them to your canvas to make up your word:

Adding letter elements to the canvas

Metallic letter element sets

Here are just some of the metal letter element sets that we found. You can access all the sets we found in this Canva template.

Note: The majority of the letter metallic elements below and in the template are available to Canva Pro users only so you’ll need a Canva Pro account if you want to use them. You can do a 30-day free trial though!

Metallic letter element set (free)

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: Free for all Canva users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set (free)

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: Free for all Canva users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set (free)

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: Free for all Canva users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

Metallic letter element set

Metallic letter elements

Use these metallic letter elements today. Note: only available to Canva Pro users.

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Wrapping things up

There you have it, that’s how you can create metallic letters in Canva.

We hope this article helps and inspires you.

Enjoy creating! If you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment below.

Written by James Black

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