Canva for Beginners - Graphic Design Theory Volume 2
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Canva for Beginners - Graphic Design Theory Volume 2

Learn Canva and Graphic Design Theory in this course so that you can use Canva for your next graphic design project!
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Last updated 11/2018
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  • Access on mobile and TV
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What you'll learn
  • Create amazing social media images and graphics with Canva, a free online graphic design software.
  • Understand graphic design theory in it's simplest form.
  • Apply easy to understand graphic design theory to your business or brand.
  • View examples and templates made by Canva, and why they work so well.
  • This course is for beginners to Canva and even graphic design, or anyone else who wants to easily begin creating beautiful looking graphics easily and for free.
  • Canva is a free program online to use and all you need to do is set up a free account to begin using the application.
  • No prior knowledge of Canva or graphic design theory are needed as Canva provides free templates and graphics to use right from the beginning.
  • Experienced graphic designers may even find Canva easier to use to get out artwork quickly for clients or for social media posts.

Learn Canva for Graphic Design in This New Course!

Do you want to take your business and brand graphics to the next level? Have you ever wondered why some advertisements in social media stand out, while some you never even take a second look at? Do you want to catch your audience's attention so that you can promote your product?

What this course is about:

Canva Course: Graphic Design Theory in Social Media Volume 2 is the second part in a series of courses that are aimed to help you understand simple design theory for your business or brand. These ideas can be applied across multiple platforms, including your brand, eBooks, websites, social media graphics, presentations and more.

Canva is a very easy-to-use and free online software platform for creating stunning graphics in a very short amount of time. It's pre-made layouts and huge library of artwork make it the go-to graphics software for a lot of businesses and entrepreneurs.

What you will learn in this course:

This course will guide you through the basic principles and ideas that are in all sorts of visual media. You can expect to gain attention and an audience with your designs when you follow the simple procedures explained in these videos. The lectures include:

  • Information about Canva.

  • Elements of design.

  • Principles of design.

  • Color Theory.

  • Typography.

  • Composition.

  • Plus free updates and additions to the course in the future!

What you don't want to do:

Wait too long to enroll! This course is going to have evergreen updates added in the future, and the price will raise once the course meets certain milestones. The best thing to do is to enroll now so that you can lock in the price and receive all future updates for free. If you are still uncertain, you can always receive a full refund within 30 days of purchase through Udemy!


If you enjoy this course and want to learn more about the principles and theory behind great graphic design, than be sure to check out the other volumes in this series:

Canva Course: Graphic Design Theory in Social Media Volume Intro

Canva Course: Graphic Design Theory in Social Media Volume 1

For more information on using Canva, check out my other course:

Canva Course: Beginner's Guide to Canva for Graphic Design

Jeremy Deighan

p.s. I am here for my students and I always welcome any feedback, questions, discussions, or reviews on my courses. Please visit my profile to see how you can contact me in the most convenient way for you!

Who this course is for:
  • This course has been specifically designed for beginners new to Canva and want to learn all about it's features, layouts, and what you can do with the software.
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Solopreneurs
  • Business Owners
  • Small Businesses
  • Advertisers
  • Marketers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Social Media Enthusiasts
  • Canva Lovers
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 02:13:42
+ Welcome to Canva for Beginners - Graphic Design Theory Volume 2
2 lectures 06:28

I want to personally thank you for taking the time to check out this course. If you find it helpful, please leave any feedback, questions, or reviews that you have. Cheers!

Preview 02:24

I briefly describe what Canva is and how I use it in these videos to explain design theory. The software is free so you can create an account if you would like to follow along with the examples I use.

Preview 04:04
+ Elements of Design
5 lectures 24:44

Direction shows a direction in a design and points the viewer to the way you want them to see.

Preview 05:31

Scale is the measurable size of an element in relationship to other elements in the design.


Texture provides a three dimension image on a two dimensional surface.


Color is used to express mood or motions in a design, and also helps to provide contrast.


Typography is the design and style of text in your artwork.

+ Principles of Design
5 lectures 25:44

Proximity refers to the grouping of elements to create harmony and balance.

Preview 04:19

Proportion is the size of an element relative to other elements in the design.


Rhythm happens when shapes, lines, patterns, or layouts are used to create movement in the design.


Unity creates a feeling of wholeness by using the same colors, graphics, and fonts in your designs or images.


Reptition creates patterns and visual consistency in your designs or images.

+ Color Theory
5 lectures 21:48

A monochromatic color scheme occurs when only one color is used within the design.

Preview 03:39

An analogous color scheme uses adjacent colors on the color wheel.


A complementary color scheme uses colors across from each other on the color wheel.


A split complementary color scheme splits an opposite color into two parts on the color wheel.

Split Complementary

A triad color scheme is three colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel.

+ Typography
5 lectures 22:38

Letter spacing is created horizontally between letters in typography.

Preview 04:33

Line height refers to vertical spacing between lines of text in your text box.

Line Height

Italics are unique characters with a slant designed into the type.


Justification refers to the alignment of the text in a design.


Font case refers to the pattern of capital and non-capital letters in type.

+ Composition
5 lectures 29:50

Grouping like elements in a design creates similarity for easier classification.

Preview 05:04

Closure refers to the closing or opening of graphic elements in your design.


Hierarchy definers the order of elements in which a viewer should look.


The rule of thirds is an easy composition layout to help draw the viewer's eye.

Rule of Thirds

The golden ratio is a proportion found in the natural world and in many everyday designs and photos.

Golden Ratio
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 02:30

I appreciate you going through this course. Hopefully you learned some valuable material to help your designs really stand out. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or want to provide feedback.

Thank you for watching this Canva Course!
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