Learn the basic and advanced skills that you will need to design awesome graphics with the popular design tool, Canva.
You Can Create All Of The Following with Canva:
YouTube Channel Banner Design
Facebook Page Cover
Food & Drink Menu
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About the Topic
Canva: Canva gives businesses, organizations, and even individual professionals with a very simple design platform that enables them to create amazing and professional quality graphic designs. This online design solution offers a throng of powerful features, including a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a vast collection of over 1 million photographs, graphics, and fonts.
With Canva, anyone and everyone have a user-friendly, reliable design tool that makes it easy to take an idea and turn it into a stunning design, whether in print or online. Canva can be implemented to create professional looking designs for almost every purpose. Do you need graphics for your presentations? How about posters for your marketing campaigns? Do you require some visual charts to go along with your blog content? Canva has you covered.
Overview of Canva Benefits:
Canva offers users, whether novice designers or professional graphic artists, with a simple yet robust online design platform that can turn any idea into powerful, stunning designs and graphics easily and quickly. It is an ideal design tool and content creation platform for those who are not graphically inclined.
With Canva, companies and organizations are able to address common issues that plague content marketing efforts – “Producing Engaging Content” and “Producing Content Consistently”. Canva has the tools and functionalities that enable users to create awesome, appealing, and relevant content and the capabilities to make the process easy and seamless.
Canva’s powerful drag and drop editor, along with its vast selection of images, fonts, and templates, makes it easy for users to build documents and designs from scratch. Users also have the option to create custom designs and templates that contain elements of their brand and company. With easy to edit templates and designs, Canva helps users ensure consistency of themes across documents.
Templates, documents, and designs can be configured so that others can edit and introduce changes. On top of that, users can also comment on their work, which enhances communication and collaboration.
With user-friendly applications, over a million images and fonts, and budget-friendly price rates, you simply can’t go wrong with Canva.
Overview of Canva Features:
Add text to photos
Speech and thought bubble creator
Image editing, transparency, straightening and enhancing
Thousands of templates for all possible types of marketing collateral, ranging from social media posts to business cards
Grids to ensure straight, balanced designs
Photo and image frames
Stickers for websites
Badges for websites
How to get the most out of Canva:
1.Explore all that Canva has to offer:
Get to know us better: This first step may seem obvious, but with thousands of templates and hundreds of articles aimed at helping you design like a pro, taking the time to see and learn about what you can do will have you creating better designs, faster.
Brainstorm the purpose of your project: At Canva, we believe that good design is about solving problems. And chances are, if you’ve come to Canva, you have a project in mind that we can help you with.
If it’s a resume, your purpose is to clearly highlight your talents and accomplishments. If you want to design a logo, its purpose is to be the face of the company and represent who your brand is. By streamlining what you want your design to achieve, it will be easier to make clear choices later in the design process.
Learn the design basics: If you’re new to design, we’ve already made all the tools you need easy to use. However, if you’d like to learn how designers create designs that tell a story—by using concepts like choosing certain colors, following certain design principles, and the art of alignment—our Learn blog has an abundance of experts sharing their advice in an easy-to-understand format.
Choose your main design assets: Fonts, colors, and images are important building blocks for design. One of the benefits of using Canva is that you have access to thousands of templates and images at your disposal—so you don’t need to start from scratch. By scrolling through the templates that already exist, you can get a sense of the colors, fonts and design types you are attracted to. Next, you can shortlist your favorite designs, and choose one that you like the most. Find the templates and images you want by using keywords: With so many templates and images to choose from, sometimes it can be tricky to find exactly what you are looking for. However, by using Canva’s Advanced Search tips, you can curate your search to find the exact image or illustration that you are looking for.
2.Tips and tricks that make the design process easier:
Get familiar with all the types of documents we offer: If you can think of it, we’ve likely got a template for it. But, before you start creating your work of art, you want to make sure you have the correct dimensions and templates for what you are trying to create—as this will give you the best results.
To see what document types are available, on the homepage, click on the search bar. From there, a drop-down menu will appear showing you a general list of templates available.
However, you can also get more specific and narrow your search. For example, by typing Halloween flyer, or safari birthday in the search bar, you will be directed to a blank template with the templates that match this description in the sidebar, allowing you to simply fill in your own message and download.
Get the whole team involved: At Canva, we believe in making collaboration as easy as possible—after all, sometimes other members in your team can offer you the unique perspective you’ve been searching for all along.
With the Collaborate tool, you can add users to your design via email, or generate a link to send around. You can also choose who has edit and view access, or, just view access. No more relying on meetings and emails to communicate: the Collaborate tool serves as a time-efficient option that increases productivity and minimizes any miscommunication.
Keep your designs organized with folders: Another tool that helps keep you and your designs organized is Canva Folders. This is particularly useful for designs you use on a regular basis—think logos, brand templates and letterheads.
To create a new folder, simply click the Folders tab on your sidebar and in the top corner you will see a Create New button. Once you’ve created a new folder, you then label it. To save designs in folders, once the design is saved, head to the homepage and click the top of the design.
A drop-down menu will appear and allow you to move your design to a folder. Your designs will also be saved and available on the homepage. If you’re in a team, you can also share folders with your team members and choose how much access they have. See below for a video how-to.
Use Canva Assistant for any design questions: Chances are at some point of the design process, you’re going to have a question. Once you are in a template, if you have any queries, by clicking the purple question mark at the bottom of your screen, you are instantly connected to Canva Assistant.
In the search bar, you can type in keywords that you need help with. This will bring up articles, how-to tutorials and general design tips within Canva. Say goodbye to searching the web for answers: you can now stay within Canva and learn while you’re designing.
3.Show the world your creation:
At Canva, we want you to feel proud of your designs, and by following a few helpful guidelines on offer, we don’t doubt that you will want to share them with the world. With Canva 2.0, there are many more publishing options that allow you to share with ease. From posting directly from Canva to your social media accounts to creating a website within a few clicks, below, we show you how to get the most exposure from your content.
Present your slideshow: If you’re working on a presentation, once complete, press Publish and then Present. You will be given an option to pay for any premium elements used within the slides, and then you are able to present as a full-screen slideshow. You can also choose whether you would like to click and change slides manually or turn on Autoplay for an automatic flow of your slides while you talk.
Post your designs directly to social media: Canva now allows users to connect their social media accounts to Canva and post directly into a Facebook group, page, or onto your profile. You can also publish directly to Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest.
Canva for Work subscribers also has access to our Magic Resize tool. This allows you to easily adapt your design to the correct dimensions for all different social platforms.
If you’d like to spend less time on your phone and on social media, we also now offer a scheduling service for Canva for Work. Canva Schedule is a tool that allows you to design and schedule posts at popular times throughout the day. You’ll have an online presence even while you sleep.
Print your designs for increased impact: Sometimes, seeing or sending a physical copy of documents has a stronger impact than if you were to send it via email.
If you’d like to print your design using your own printer, open the PDF document you wish to print, look for the print button and select your printer model. Make sure to set your printer settings to the 100% scale to ensure your designs will print at the intended size.
Canva now also offers printing services and will deliver your designs to your door in the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand (with more destinations on their way). Once you’ve created a design, you can choose to print it as a business card, flyer, invite, poster or A4 layout. Next, you can choose paper quality, the number of prints you require and shipping options. Below are just a few designs our Canva users have printed.