How to use Canva | Digital trends

If you’ve decided to use Canva to create your logo, poster, map, chart, or other visual content, it can be a bit daunting when you see all of its tools and features for the first time.

To help you get the most out of this comprehensive graphic design app, we’ll walk you through how to use Canva.

What can you do with Canva?

Canva lets you create most types of images from scratch or with a handy template. It is suitable for personal projects, small businesses and organizations.

Here is a long but not exhaustive list of what you can create with Canva.

  • Logos
  • Presentations
  • Posters and leaflets
  • Labels
  • Invitations and greeting cards
  • Gift Certificates
  • Wallpapers
  • Coupons
  • Letterhead
  • Photo collages
  • Infographics
  • Book and album covers
  • Video posts, collages, ads and social media posts
  • Social media graphics, banners, covers and posts
  • Print products such as wall calendars, business cards and apparel
how to use canva home screen

Navigate the main Canva screen

Once your Canva account is set up, you’ll have an organized home screen to help you get started. You’ll see your recent designs right on the homepage, giving you quick and easy access.

On the left, you’ll see Recent Designs, Your Projects, Shared with You, and Trash. This allows you to easily move to an existing project or view a recent one.

To start something new, use the To research at the top, select a category below, or click Create a drawing at the top right and choose an item. You can also browse the You might want to try area reserved for Canva suggestions.

When you’re ready to begin, choose the type of item you want to create. Your workspace opens in a new browser tab.

how to use canva workspace screen

Use the Canva design screen

Your workspace layout places the item you create on the right side, with all your tools on the left in a collapsible section. When you choose a tool on the far left, you’ll see its options directly to the right.

Models: Search for patterns related to the item you select. You can also search for a model or filter the options by color.

Elements: these are elements that you can place on your canvas, such as lines and shapes, graphs and photos, tables and grids.

Downloads: View the images, videos or audio files you download or click Download media to shoot something new.

Text: Add a title, subtitle, or body text. You can also use preformatted font combinations.

context: Choose a background color or pattern for your creation.

Continued: This includes various things like styles and graphics, the ability to create something new like a character or a QR code, and methods to add content from places like Giphy, Pixabay, or YouTube. You can also download content from Box, Dropbox, Facebook and other services.

If you have a free Canva account, anything you see with a crown in the lower left corner, such as a template or font combination, is a Canva Pro feature.

At the bottom right, click Remarks to add a note, use the slide To zoom in or out, click the Grid the icon to use the grid view or use the icon arrows present in full screen mode. You can also click on the interrogation point to open help topics.

Create something with Canva

Canva isn’t a difficult tool, but it does take some time to get used to the features and options for creating your article. So let’s go through the steps to create a simple thank you card.

Although the options and elements may vary for your project, and you can perform the steps in a different order if you wish, you will notice the same basic principles.

Step 1: Select the item you want to create from the home page using the To researchcategories or Create a drawing button.

2nd step: When your item opens in a new browser tab, decide if you want to use a template. If yes, select Model on the far left, then browse and choose the one you want to use.

If you’re using a template, you’ll see the elements you can edit when you hover your cursor over the canvas. For example, you can edit the text inside the box by selecting it and typing your own.

how to use canvas template

Step 3: You can also create your article from scratch using a completely blank canvas.

To select context on the left to add a background color, photo, or pattern.

how to use canva add background

Step 4: To select Text to insert a text box using one of the styles at the top for title, subtitle, or body text. Then type your text in the box.

Use the formatting tools at the top to change the font style, size, or color. You can also insert bullets, adjust spacing or animate the text.

Click it turn icon or move the handle below the box to rotate or move the text box.

how to use canva add format text

Step 5: To select Elements to add items such as graphics, stickers, symbols, or shapes. You can either click to place the element on the canvas or drag and drop the element onto it.

Turn it turn below the item to rotate it or select and drag it to move it.

Use the formatting tools at the top to customize the element. For example, you can edit, crop, flip, or animate an image.

how to use canva add format element

Step 6: Use these additional actions as needed:

  • To remove an item you added, select it and click the trash can icon at the top right to delete it.
  • To undo your last action, click the to cancel button (curved arrow to the left) at the top left.
  • To redo your last action, click the Remake button (curved arrow to the right) at the top left.
how to use canva plus file

Save, download, share or print in Canva

to safeguard: Any changes you make are saved automatically. You also have the option to save manually or to a specific folder. Click on File at the top left and choose to safeguard Where Save to Folder.

name: All elements are saved as “Untitled Design” by default. To add a name, click the “Untitled Design” text box at the top or File at the top left and type the new name.

To share: Click either on the To share button at the top right or Continued (three dots) and select share link or any of the sharing options.

To download: Click it To download button, File > To downloador select Continued and choose To download.

Impression: Click either on the Impression button if applicable or Continued and choose a print product.

Canva is a solid design and editing tool that you can access from any web browser, but also has desktop and mobile apps.

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