If you want to be organized with your Canva images, you need to stop using the Uploads folder.
I know many of you have chaotic Uploads folders in Canva, to the point that you’ve probably found yourself re-uploading the same image multiple times because you can’t find it from any of the previous times you uploaded it.
If that’s sounding familiar, watch the quick video below about what to do instead of uploading your images (and video) into the Uploads folder.
Hands down, one of the biggest areas of organization frustration for Canva users is related to organizing your images.
I know many of you have chaotic Uploads folders in Canva and you’ve probably found yourself re-uploading the same image multiple times because you can’t find it from any of the previous times you uploaded it.
When I do Canva Organization VIP Days, one of the first things I do is to tackle a client’s uploads folder, and I have worked in accounts that have upwards of 1000 or 2000 images in them.
And I can tell you that I see the same images over, and over, and over.
So many Canva users don’t realize that you do not have to store all of your images in the Uploads folder and I would strongly advise against doing that because it just becomes a bottomless pit of images that makes it practically impossible to find what you’re looking for over time.
If you want a better system for Canva image organization, use custom folders. It is far more efficient and far less frustrating if you have a custom folder system in place to house your images.
For example, I use a lot of styled stock imagery, which I have broken down by the source website and within that, by the subject matter of the images, which makes it much easier to locate when I need those during design sessions.
If you do find it convenient to use your Uploads folder, at least start to get into the habit of treating it like a temporary holding spot.
Think of Uploads like the in-tray on a physical office desk, and just like that in-tray, you don’t want to treat the Uploads folder like a long term storage solution.
Once you’re done with an image, move it into a more permanent folder, archive it, or delete it if you don’t require it in the future.
But better yet, skip Uploads altogether and directly upload your images into the desired custom folder right from the start, rather than uploading it into your Uploads folder first and having to move it later.
Then, when you’re working on a design project in Canva, you’ll be able to easily access your images inside of your custom folders through the Projects tab in the left hand object panel.