What is it that you want to create right now; an e-brochure, Instagram post, a twitter header, blog post, a holiday card, etc. There are certainly plenty of options, and if you are anything like me, I immediately come up with all of these things I “need” to do, which can be overwhelming. I start with a list of the five most important things that I will need for the next couple of weeks and stick to that until I am done. Currently I am working on an e-brochure for real estate, Instagram post backgrounds, and backgrounds for my e-commerce website.
This post is going to lay out, in a very simple and to the point manner, how to get you going on all the things you can do with Canva
Now, let’s get to the substance! If you don’t already have a log-in, sign up for the free version here: Canva
Once you are logged in, if you look at the top left of the screen, you will see a green “create your design” button on the left. You can also use the search bar to type in specifically what you want to design or click on one of the apps in the middle of the page where there are different options given.
Once I have gotten past “create your design”, I generally start from the top left with the templates and work my way down. You will notice that there are items (in all of the categories) that say free and ones that don’t. If you are using the free version of Canva, you can only use the items that say free on the bottom right corner. But believe me, there are plenty to pick from!
Next up is the elements. If I am doing a project that is very specific, i.e., Christmas, I will use this section; it is very useful. Other than that, I usually skip over it and go to the next section, which is text.
I personally only use the “little bit of body text” as I can type what I want and change the text type to my favorites, which are Brusher, Homemade Apple, and Hitch Hike. I try to use at least two different fonts, but no more than four. You don’t want it to be too much for the reader. Generally, the simpler, the better!
For the backgrounds, I lean towards any blues and beach or ocean themed backgrounds. Unless of course I am working on something specific that just needs to be themed; i.e., holiday, bright, subdued, birthday, etc.
Tip:browse through each section to get an idea of what you like and don't like; keep notes of what you find!
Here is my final e-brochure; I would love to hear your thoughts!
Well, there you have it! The basics for getting started with a free version of Canva. I use this program everyday, and please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!