If you have created or thought about creating designs for your business, you’ve probably heard of Canva.
It’s a user-friendly online tool that lets you create beautiful designs even if you’re not an expert.
Sometimes, to add that extra touch of professionalism and sophistication to your designs, you might need to use superscript text.
In this article, I will explore how to superscript in Canva to enhance your design projects. So let’s dive in!
What is a superscript?
Superscript is a typographic effect where a character or symbol is positioned above the base text, giving it a raised appearance. To put it simply, superscript text is text that is placed slightly above the normal line of text.
It is used for many different purposes, such as for footnotes, trademark symbols, mathematical notations, and more.
How to superscript in Canva
To add a superscript in Canva, create a text box with the text you want to superscript. Reduce the font size, and position the superscript box above your primary text box, to the right.
There are 3 ways to do superscript in Canva.
Check out a video tutorial here.
Let’s go step-by-step, and start with the simplest way.
1. Create a text box
Open Canva and either create a new design or choose an existing one.
Click on the “Text” tool in the left-hand toolbar and create a text box by clicking and dragging on the canvas.
You can also select an existing text element in a design to apply the superscript effect.
2. Type your primary text
Once your text box is ready, type in the primary text to which you want to add superscript. For example, let’s say you want to add the superscript TM to a brand name, called BRAND X.
3. Type your superscript text in a new text box
Create a new text box specifically for your superscript text.
In the superscript text box, type the desired text that you want to appear as superscript. This could be a number, a letter, or any other character that you want to elevate above the regular baseline.
If you want to add a trademark symbol, you would type in the words TM in a separate text box.
4. Reduce the size of your superscript text
Select the superscript text box and adjust its font size. Decrease the font size until the superscript text appears smaller than the primary text, but still legible and visually balanced.
5. Adjust the position of the superscript text
Click on the superscript text box and move it up or down within the design to achieve the desired vertical alignment.
Fine-tune the position until the superscript text is appropriately raised above the primary text.
You can try different font sizes, styles, and positioning, to get the exact effect you want.
How to do superscript in Canva with a brand kit
The second and easier way to add superscript in Canva is by setting up a brand kit.
So when you create a design, if you click on Text, you will immediately see your brand kit settings of headline, subheadline, and body text.
Here’s how to do superscript in Canva with a brand kit
1. Add a brand kit headline
2. Add a brand kit subheadline
3. Type in your text in the 2 headlines
The other steps remain the same as above, where you adjust the position. You can even change the size further if you want.
4. Adjust the subheadline text above the headline text
And that’s how easy it is to add Canva superscripts with a brand kit.
How to add superscript in Canva with graphics
Canva has a huge content library that includes millions of graphics, photos, stickers, and other elements, to help you create attractive designs.
If you want to give some effects to your text with superscripts instead of just typing in text, you can also use one of these symbols to help you add superscripts in Canva.
1. Add your primary text
Add a text box and add in the text you want to add the superscript to.
For example, Brand X.
2. Access the content library
Click on Elements in your Canva design interface and type in the type of superscript you want.
For example, I enter the TM symbol.
Then you get a list of different symbols related to TM.
3. Add your superscript symbol
Choose your symbol and it gets added to your design.
4. Adjust the formatting
You can now adjust the size and position of your superscript symbol.
You can also change the color.
And that’s it! That’s how to superscript in Canva with graphics.
Pro Tip:In the content library, can also get other symbols like Copyright, Watermark, and some more common ones.
But only limited superscripts are available with the graphics option.
The most common way to add superscripts is with the text boxes, as shown above.
Tips on how to do superscript in Canva
Here are some tips to keep in mind when using superscript text in Canva:
1. Maintain readability
Ensure that the superscript text remains legible and doesn’t overshadow the main content.
Use appropriate font sizes and consider the overall visual hierarchy of your design.
2. Use it sparingly
While superscripts can enhance your design, avoid overusing them. Too much superscript may clutter your design or distract the viewer.
Use them selectively to only emphasize key information.
This will also help to guide the viewer’s focus and keep your design visually appealing.
3. Be consistent
If you’re incorporating superscripts for footnotes or mathematical notations, maintain consistency throughout your design to create a cohesive look.
This means using the same font, size, and position for all instances of superscript text. Consistent formatting makes your design look more professional.
4. Proofread for accuracy
If you’re using superscripts for scientific or technical notations, double-check the accuracy and correctness of the symbols or formulas.
Precision is crucial to ensure your credibility.
Adding superscript text in Canva is easy once you know how to do it.
It’s a great way to emphasize your design and make it stand out. Keep in mind the tips we’ve discussed and use them sparingly and consistently for the best results.
FAQ: How to Superscript in Canva
Yes, you can. The steps for adding superscript text on mobile are similar to those on desktop. Just select the text you want to add superscript to and choose the superscript option from the menu.
You can do superscript numbers the same way you do with any words or phrases. Type the numbers, and adjust the size and position of the number above the primary text.
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