Who is this course for?
Small business owners who want to create their own stunning graphics and images for free without any prior design know-how. From your Facebook page cover photo to your business logo, this course will teach you how to use Canva to create great graphics.
What is this course about?
This course is a step by step guide to using Canva - from setting up your account and navigating your way around the website and all its features - to creating amazing graphics in a couple of minutes to use online and on your social media.
What is Canva?
Canva.com is a website which is free to sign up to created by previous Google employees. It allows you to create and design your own graphics and images for free, and has a library of free images to use (as well as some stock imagery available at a $1 per image should you wish to use them).
Step by Step video guides will teach you all you need to know - with support from your trainer Jen Smith.
How long will it take to complete?
Less than 2 hours if you watch and 'play-a-long' in one sitting, but each module has its own video, so you can take as much time as you wish learning and testing each feature. Learn completely at your own pace either in one go or over time.
How is the course structured?
Module 1: Setting up your free account on Canva
Module 2: Navigating your way around Canva and all its features
Module 3: Creating images using Canva's preloaded templates
Module 4: Learn how to create custom size images using Canva
Module 5: Resizing your existing images and photos using Canva
Why should you take this course?
When you're running your own business, design costs can stack up quickly. This course teaches to use an amazing free online tool, Canva, to create your own images quickly and easily - perfect for your website, blog and social media
In this short video I welcome you to Canva, and this course and show you how to set up your account on Canva
When you log into Canva you see the home/main dashboard area. This guide shows you around so you can get used to finding all the features to create amazing graphics for your business.
If you want to change your settings on Canva, watch this lecture to find out how.
In this video I guide you through all the available templates and how to choose the right one for your design.
This video shows you how to add a background colour to your image or a background pattern or image.
Learn how to create montages using the grids feature on Canva
Upload your own photos and images from your computer or Facebook to your designs by following this how to video
Learn how to add text to your images and change the font, size, colour and other elements of text
In this video, we really get to grips with the freebies and design features available and how you can use them to create your own amazing images.
Find out how to quickly and easily change the file name of your design on Canva
Learn how to share your images on Twitter and Facebook, or save as an image file or PDF - including adding crop and bleed marks if you're sending it to print!
This video shows you how to create custom sized graphics on Canva (in pixels/px, mm or cm)
If you want to resize existing photos and images, this guide shows you how
In this Bonus video I show you how to edit and copy your previous designs on Canva
In this bonus video I show you how to invite your friends and give them instant access to Canva
I'm a social media coach and consultant with digital marketing experience across B2B, B2C and the charity sector. I have worked agency and client-side, from large businesses to small start-ups – focusing on creative businesses. My background is in journalism and writing, which provides a solid basis for effective marketing and creative content creation.
I specialise in content focused social media strategy & training for creative small businesses - helping you market your business more effectively through words, video and images.
I offer a range of training on social media, strategy, content creation and blogging and offer:
Having worked for brands such as Thomas Cook’s Hotels4u, Red Letter Days, ACCA, The Arts Desk, The Amazings, Photofoundation and Simons Cat, I have a lot of experience in making social media and blogging work for creative businesses and look forward to helping you take the next step with your business.