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Canva | The Ultimate Guide

Learn the most productive design tool, that saves your money and time. From start to finish with covering Canva tutorials, examples, and many more.

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what is canva

Chapter-1

How to use canva.

canva tips and tutorials

Chapter-2

Canva Tips and Tutorials.

canva for social media

Chapter-3

Canva for Social Media.

canva for personal use

Chapter-4

Canva for Personal Use.

canva for business

Chapter-5

Canva for Business.

canva for marketers

Chapter-6

Canva for Marketing

canva for education

Chapter-7

Canva for Education.

canva trending

Chapter-8

Canva Trending.

canva pro vs free

Chapter-9

Canva Free Vs Premium

canva vs other tools

Chapter-10

Canva Comparison with other Tools.

canva design ideas

Chapter-11

Canva Design Ideas.

Chapter-1

How to use Canva.

how to use canva

What is Canva?

Canva is a design tool, with the help of Canva users can create custom design templates, custom logos, social media banners, and more, and can use it to either design for business or for personal purposes.

In this tutorial, we’re sharing the Insights and Tips to use Canva that help you boost your skill and make epic designs.

lets dive in canva tutorial

1.Choose a design layout.

Before starting to design your graphics using canva, you need to select a layout or design templates from canva, this helps you a lot.

Because if you make the design of an Instagram post it will suggest a template for Instagram posts.

search your desire design

You can select the canva design layout in multiple ways.

Go to the canva search bar and search your desire design layout or select from Recommended for you tab that is an upper left corner in the canva. 

I like the most using a custom size layout, which helps me to make any graphic design of my personalized layout size.

Select your width and height according to your requirements, and tap on create your design button it will open in the new browser. Where you can customize according to your thoughts.

create design using custom size

If you want to edit your photos without changing the size that you can upload from create a design button, tap edit your photos. It will upload your photo on the canva server and then you can easily edit your photos.

You can also use your image in the design also.

select edit photo option
select edit photo or use in design

2.Edit your design.

In the canva you’ll get lots of features to make your design awesome.

You can use custom prebuild templates to make your design creative or you can make your own from scratch.

Use the canva assets to make amazing designs such as Templates, Stock Photos, Videos, Audios to enhance your design to the next level.

Let’s take an example of Gym for health and fitness banner, I’m using the custom size of 730*200.

 

gym template
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3.Use stock photos and videos.

Use the stock photos and the videos for personal and for commercial purposes because it’s free.

Follow the screenshots.

 

use stock photos
use stock videos

As these photos come from pexels and pixabay, you can use them from the canva dashboard or you can also upload your own photos.

There are high-quality videos and images including audios.

Mainly I use audio and when I’ve to make the presentation videos. The calm and the pleasant audios will enhance my presentations.

use audio from canva
audio filter in canva

You can also use filters in Audio, Videos, and Photos to get the relevant ones for your designs.

A few years ago, When I don’t have a canva premium membership than I search the desire elements and use filter Free. It’ll give me a lot, isn’t it amazing.

4. Typography in canva.

Typography plays a very important role when it comes into designing, Initially, I use the Canva default Font Family and Its font-weight.

But when I am using the relevant fonts based on my desired designs, It’s amazing.

Let’s take an example.

typography in canva

I’m using the Antonio Bold font with black background elements to attract the typography of the design.

5.Must-use canva elements.

Canva elements are one of the game changers in the design for me, it’ll be helpful for you also.

Search any elements you want, it’ll show you to choose the great elements. In some cases, it’ll not have the elements but you can choose from searching a different query.

In some cases, I’ll make my own elements using canva elements.

Let’s take an example.

bakery elements in canva
bakery logo example in canva

You can also use the color palette of canva to edit the elements, typographies, and background color.

6.Upload your media on canva.

Head over to the icon Uploads, upload your own media assets such as images, videos, and audios. Media assets that you’re uploading in the canva don’t depend on their dimensions.

I’m using the designs frequently in my own designs, just download it and upload it to use in some other designs. 

Tip:- I’ll make a watermark and download it as in the png file, then upload to other designs to make my own.

upload your own media in canva

7.Choose color wisely.

In my designs, I’ll make color combinations that attract people and not look too awkward. You can use the color combination from the style button in canva.

This will show you the best color combinations that suit your designs and make them awesome. 

Edit your color according to desired designs.

Tip:- Use solid color with white color and also I’m sharing the color codes for the background that I’m using frequently.

choose color in canva
how to use hex code
color codes for background

8.Download your designs.

Click on the download button and the drop-down menu will open, download according to the file type. For the logo design, I’m using the transparent background but it’s only available for the canva premium users.

You can also remove your background free from remove bg.

Compressing your image during download will lower the quality of your image but it’ll reduce the sizes. I’m not compressing.

For image compressing, I like to use compressor.io

download your design

9.Share your design to your team

Share your awesome design with your team, they can view and also access to edit your designs.

If one of the members designs anything and shares it with me, I can finalize editing with my skills in a snap.

You can also directly share to popular platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and more.

share your design

Chapter-2

Canva Tips and Tutorials.

tips and tutorials of canva

In this chapter, I’m gonna share with you my Tips and Skills to use Canva. That would be helpful for you a lot. Let’s dive in.

How to arch text in canva.

Step-1 Type your heading or paragraph in canva.

Step-2 Select your heading.

Step-3 Press the button effects on the upper canva bar.

select effects from canva

Step-4 Select the curve text from the panel at the bottom of the left-hand side of the canva.  

select the curve in panel
how to arch text in canva

You can also adjust your arch of the headings by varying the values from above.

How to underline text in canva.

Step-1 Select your heading 

Step-2 Click on the button Underline or you can use the shortcode CTRL+U to online the text.

Underlining the text will make your typography more actionable and focus on the particular point of the heading.

How to upload fonts on canva.

Step-1 Select the heading 

Step-2 click on the fonts family over your design bar in canva.

font family bar

Step-3 Upload your font by clicking on the button which is displayed below the left-hand side.

upload font in canva

How to group elements in canva.

Step-1 Select all the designs that you want to group by dragging the mouse.

Step-2 Right-click on the mouse and then click group or you can use the shortcut Ctrl+G to group the elements and designs in canva.

how to group in canva
how to ungroup in canva

you can also ungroup the elements and designs in canva by using the shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+G.

How to make an ebook in cava.

Step-1 Search the A4 document in the canva.

Step-2 Select your ebook template or start from a new document. 

search a4 document
select your ebook template in canva

Step-3 Edit your E-Book in the canva, use images with text to make it more attractive and actionable towards your prospects.

canva ebook example
canva ebook example a

Step-4 Download in the PDF format, if use any animated visuals or videos it will download as an image.

How to use canva magic resize toolbar.

Step-1 Head over to the canva bar and select resize button.

Note:- This is available in canva premium.

press on resize button

Step-2 Resize your content according to your requirements, you can use custom resize or select below from suggestions. It’s very awesome feature in canva.

select custom or below from to copy and resize in canva

Tip- you can also resize your image in canva for free, just copy all your design and paste into another desired size layout.

this image is 500x500 dimension in canva

The first image is of size 1280×720 px in canva.

After using the canva magic resize tool the size of the image becomes 500×500 px, but my design gets disturbed. So need to adjust your design also, but it saves a lot of time.

How to make animation in canva.

Step-1 First of all click outside the slide otherwise the page animation option will not appear.

Step-2 Choose your desired animation based on the suitability of your designs.

how to make animation in canva.

Here I’ve taken an example of Rising animation which I like the most. After watching these tutorials which animation you gonna use?

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Chapter-3

Canva for Social Media.

canva for social media

Choosing canva for social media is worth it, it saves your time and suggests the best templates relates to your niche. I personally use the canva to make my social media posts.

If you know you can save time with canva then why go with other techy design tools that consume a lot of time.

From my perspective, if you want some desired elements and designs that are not available in canva then go with them.

Here I am sharing some of the examples, So you can use them frequently for social media.

Instagram stories

Make awesome Instagram stories and upload directly from canva. There are lots of prebuilt templates related to Instagram stories. 

Size of Instagram stories- 1080×1920 px.

You can use it to make father-day instagram stories, travel instagram stories, snapshots instagram stories, and many more.

instagram stories example a

Instagram posts

For any marketing industry, Instagram posts are important for their business or for personal use. Instagram posts can be easily made by canva, I personally use them a lot.

Instagram posts size- 1080×1080 px

You can use it to make birthday Instagram posts, Halloween Instagram posts, easter Instagram posts, and many more.

_Instagram Post example a
Instagram Post -example b

Facebook posts

Nowadays Facebook post’s organic reach has been decreased because they are not focusing on users’ interests and behavior.

You can make awesome posts using canva and attract with your posts on facebook. I’ve shown some of the examples of template that is available in canva. there’s a lot more.

Facebook posts size- 940×778 px.

You can use it to make Halloween FB posts, winter FB posts, advertisements, and many more.

facebook posts example a
Facebook Post example b

Chapter-4

Canva for Personal Use.

canva for personal use

If you’re a solopreneur, blogger, or make personal posts, canva is the best that suits your industry. A few years back when I was in school I use canva to make my projects and also use it for my personal use.

When I was observing my old posts I laugh at myself.(:

For personal use, you can go through the canva free, if you use a lot like mine that you should go with the premium version.

You can also get the canva for free forever. I’ll discuss this in chapter 7.

Let’s dive in.

Design cards in canva.

To design the cards in canva you can start with prebuild templates or from scratch. You can make several types of cards using canva such as Christmas cards, birthday cards, festival cards, and many more.

The size of the cards in canva is-1748×1240 px.

card design in canva a
card design in canva b

Canva resume.

You can make a professional resume in canva for free. I know lots of freshers need resumes to upload on Linkedin, canva is the best resume builder platform. Even most of my friends build their resumes from canva.

How amazing is that?(:

I’ve shown some of the resume templates. Check it.

canva resume b

T-Shirt design in canva.

Customize your own custom design in canva to print on a t-shirt, it’s very easy. Canva also shares the API of a button for t-shirt designing, so that you can integrate it on your store or on your website.

You can design t-shirts for your brand or sell t-shirts on popular platforms by designing using canva.

The size of the t-shirt design in canva- 

tshirt design in canva a
tshirt design in canva b

Chapter-5

Canva for Business.

canva for business

Using Canva for Businesses is worthful, you can use this in multiple ways such as making presentations, designing a UI of websites, logos, business cards, letterheads, and many more.

Generally, we’re using to make a presentation on canva, It simple and helps us to show the presentations to our team members.

Canva Presentations.

Canva Presentation is used for many purposes, you can use it to make video presentations that you can show to your team members, meetings, and to the classrooms.

As the slides or templates of the canva are attractive, can be winning for you.

There is a special feature called present, you can present your designs directly from canva. You can control it slides by slides and in autoplay mode also.

school class presentation example in canva a
school class presentation example in canva b
school class presentation example in canva c
school class presentation example in canva d

Make logo using canva.

Making a logo using canva is very simple and less consuming time for you. You can make your own logo and use it for your business, but wait doesn’t use the canva designs or templates to sell it’s against the terms and conditions of canva.

Use canva prebuild logo templates to make various types of logos based on their industry types such as gaming logo, restaurant logo, hotels logo, business logo, and many more.

The ideal size of the logo is 500×500 px.

Let’s take an example to make you clear.

logo design example of podcast in canva
logo design example of flourishes in canva

Make a business card using canva.

I’ve gonna through many other websites to make business cards, they charge a lot to make designs on their platforms. If you can design your own business cards for free with canva, then why you should go with them.

It’s easy to make a business card even if you’re a beginner or a student.

You can make different types of business cards using canva maybe you’re in a real estate business or running your own company, it’s easy for you, or we can help you to make.

business card example front in canva
business card example back in canva

There is a great feature called print your design directly from canva you can get your business cards at the doorstep.

The ideal size of a Business card is 1004×591 px.

print your business card from canva

Chapter-6

Canva for Marketing

canva for marketing

If you’re a Digital Marketer then you’re frequently making social media posts, infographics, newsletters, and many more.

Did you make your posts, infographics, and that from scratch then you probably consuming more time?

I suggest you switch to the canva as there are lots of pre-built templates are available for free.

I am using canva a lot for making posts and all presentations with canva, it saves a lot of my time. If you want to know then you can visit our social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see the posts.

Canva for social media posts.

Due to the availability of canva prebuild templates you can easily make your attractive posts and designs.

Generally, people love to make Instagram posts from canva, some popular social media marketers use and suggest that it is the best tool for Instagram marketing. 

The great feature of canva is you can make your social posts design and schedule them directly from canva.

social media posts in canva example a
social media posts in canva example b

Canva for Infographic.

Use canva to make Infographic designs and upload on your websites and other infographic website to generate traffic and leads. But if your infographic is not so attractive and full of quality content then it can’t get much share and traffic to your websites.

Infographic is a great way to attract people, you can make different types of infographics according to your business types.

The ideal size of the infographic is 800×2000 px.

infographic example from canva a
infographic example from canva b

Canva for newsletters.

If you use email marketing on your blog to generate leads and send the newsletter to your audience then I know making an attractive newsletter is time-consuming, especially when you’re using other tools that take time to build from scratch.

I know using these tools you can make anything but you know you can easily make your newsletters from canva then you should use it at least once.

The ideal size of newsletters is 1414×2000 px.

Canva Enterprise Plan - 30$ /monthly Per Person

  • Everything Pro has, plus:
  • Establish your brand’s visual identity with logos, colors, and fonts across multiple Brand Kits
  • Control your team’s access to apps, graphics, colors, logos, and fonts with brand controls
  • Control team uploads into Canva
  • Built-in workflows to get approval on your designs
  • Set which elements your team can edit, and stay on-brand with template locking
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Single-sign on (SSO)
  • 24/7 Enterprise-level Support

Chapter-7

Canva For Education.

canva for education

Looking canva for education to enhance the productivity and imaginations of students and teachers then this designing tool is great for you because it offers free for teachers and their students.

canva for education

How to get canva for free.

Canva is free for educational purposes or you can avail of canva pro 30 days free trial on new user registration.

Apply canva for educational purposes.

apply canva for education

Canva eligibility criteria to get canva free for educational purposes.

canva eligibility criteria

Chapter-8

Canva Trending.

canva trending

Do you know you can use Canva for trending purposes like if you are a video creator then you can use it for your youtube intros. Not only this you can also use canva for Photo Book designs and so on

Let me tell you It is the best free and easy tool for all. You can also use their pro features for free for 30 days. We have mentioned some topics that are trending on canva.

Video templates

It is easy to make a memorable video with hundreds of editable and high-quality templates that are available. You can customize them free of charge.

These professional video templates include background music, sound effects, motion text, and animations that will help you create your own entertaining video.

video templates in canva

YouTube intro templates

Use these free Youtube Intro video templates to attract new viewers or subscribers to your channel. The templates can be customized to fit any kind of video or topic.

Basically, The YouTube video templates let you simplify the process of creating video intros so you can spend more time creating good content and it will save your time on other things.

youtube intro templates in canva

Photobook templates.

The photobook design templates make it easy to create personalized books for your family, friends, or even yourself. You’ll get to have fun with it too and surely you are going to love it

Each template is designed to fit the style of your book, which is why Canva offers 75+ template choices, depending on the size you choose. 

You can either create a photo book for a recent wedding or use a wedding photobook template if you need one and If your photo book is mainly being used to showcase your photography, they then have a portfolio template.

photobook template in canva a
photobook template in canva b

Canvas print templates.

Canvas prints are an affordable way to make your vision of the perfect art come to life. Browse Canva’s gallery of creative templates when you’re in need of some inspirational ideas.

canvas print from canva a
canvas print from canva b

Chapter-9

Canva Free vs Premium Plan

canva free vs premium

The great thing is that Canva offers a number of ways for you to share and collaborate with others. 

For all design beginners looking for additional assistance, Canva is offering its free version, which allows users to create teams of up to 10 people (with premium subscribers, this number is increased up to 30). 

Sharing and working on a project in a group is fairly simple for you.

Canva Pricing Plans.

Canva comes with 3 pricing plans:-

  • Free – Everything you need to get started
  • PRO-  Pro version offers unlimited access to tools and content for professional design
  • Enterprise – Manage your brand, empower your team, and scale your content all in one place.

Canva free plan.

  • 250,000+ free templates
  • 100+ design types (social media posts, presentations, letters, and more)
  • Hundreds of thousands of free photos and graphics
  • Invite members to your team
  • Collaborate and comment in real-time
  • 5Gb of  Cloud Storage

Pro Plan - 119.99 $/Year and & 12.99 $/Monthly

  • Everything Free has, plus:
  • 75+ million premium stock photos, videos, audio, and graphics
  • 420,000+ free templates with new designs daily
  • Create 1 Brand Kit and upload your own fonts and logos
  • Unlimited use of Background Remover
  • Resize designs infinitely with Magic Resize
  • Save designs as templates for your team to use
  • 100GB of cloud storage
  • Schedule social media content to 7 platforms

Canva Enterprise Plan - 30$ /monthly Per Person

  • Everything Pro has, plus:
  • Establish your brand’s visual identity with logos, colors, and fonts across multiple Brand Kits
  • Control your team’s access to apps, graphics, colors, logos, and fonts with brand controls
  • Control team uploads into Canva
  • Built-in workflows to get approval on your designs
  • Set which elements your team can edit, and stay on-brand with template locking
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Single-sign on (SSO)
  • 24/7 Enterprise-level Support

Chapter-10

Canva Comparison with other Tools

canva comparison with other tools

Canva vs Piktochart.

Piktochart also allows you to design stunning visuals to help promote your brand online. Piktochart is a web-based design tool that you can use to create stunning visuals that will help promote your brand anywhere.

However, Canva refers to itself as a wide range of graphics tools for various purposes, whereas Piktochart is primarily directed at creating professional-level infographics without any professional expertise. 

Particularly among non-professional users, one can easily see the appeal.

Piktochart also Comes with 3 pricing plans

Free- For starters looking to improve their visual communication

Pro- For professionals looking to manage their brand and visuals in a scalable way.

Team – For teams sized 2+, including collaboration, team sharing, team templates, and SSO

In Free Plan you will get

  • Up to 5 active projects
  • 100MB storage for image uploads
  • Unlimited access to templates
  • Unlimited access to images, illustrations, and icons
  • Unlimited access to charts & maps
  • Download as PNG

Pro Pan - 29 $/Monthly

  • Unlimited projects
  • 50GB storage for image uploads
  • Export images in HD
  • Watermark removal
  • Download as PDF, PPTX
  • Brand Assets
  • Protect your published visuals with a password
  • Upload & use your own fonts
  • Organize your projects in folders

Team Plan - 26$/Monthly

  • Team functionality starting with 2+ members
  • 100GB storage for image uploads
  • Create custom templates
  • Collaborate & leave comments
  • Set roles & permissions
  • Brand Assets
  • Extended security with SAML Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Personalized onboarding

Chapter-11

Canva design Ideas

canva design ideas

From design platforms.

Yes, you can get ideas from the design, art, and infographic websites to make your design to the next level.

The popular design websites are Behance and Dribbble, is very awesome to get the idea from these websites and implement it on yours.

Generally, I use Dribbble to take the idea, it’s free to make an account there, you can also upload your designs there as a portfolio but don’t use canva templates.

You can make your own custom design using Adobe XD and Figma to make a portfolio and upload it on Dribbble and Behance.

Behance
Dribbble

From infographic websites.

Get ideas from the Infographic websites such as Deviant Art, Slideshare, and many more to make your designs awesome.

It is the learning process, initially, you can make it on your own just copying them, use it for personal use.

From these websites, you get the idea of the next level of designing, in case some of the designs would not be made by canva because it is the platform of prebuild templates not for custom designing.

Deviant Art
Slide Share

From design marketplaces.

You can also get the design ideas from popular design marketplaces to use for personal use.

Envato Elements is a subscription website for designing templates, presentation templates, graphic templates, and many more.

It is for learning purposes only you can use it.

I get the ideas to depend upon the image objective means, I’ll make the image that represents something, not anything.

Example:- If I’ve to make a WordPress plugin development image then I Use plugin element and WordPress icon to easily remember. As you know an image can tell 1000 words.

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