Description: In the article which centers on canvas login, the author talks about how to use Canva. You can use Canva for social media, posters, business cards, Pinterest pins and PDFs. The options are endless. The author walks you through the basics to show you how easy it is to use Canva.
It’s Marley with Marley Baird Media, today I’m giving you a very quick tutorial on canva, that is canva.com, you may ever have some problems like how I can make this picture, I need to make a logo or I need to make a design for my Facebook page or my website or my YouTube, but you don’t have any graphic design.
Here is the good news, you don’t have to go to graphic design school, you don’t have to take a course, you can learn how to do about anything, you can use it for free, there is a free version which you can use forever, I use the free version for probably about six months before I popped up to the paid version, because there’s a little bit more functionality on it.
I’ll show you both things that you can do with a free version and the paid version, I’m going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use canvas, let’s get started, this is my canva account, a lot of my stuff is for my mother-in-law who is my biggest client.
You also have the ability to organize your folders by client or by project on the left side, if I need to quickly find one of the fliers that I made for Carmel months ago, instead of scrolling all the way down which would take forever, I can go into fliers, it’s all there.
When you first come in here, you’ll see some options for designs you can make, you can click more, it’ll give you tons of templates that you can use for a Facebook post, for social media, YouTube thumbnail, if you’re making a Facebook post, you can go here and it’s already the correct dimension.
For social media this one’s great for Instagram if you want to have a square image, you can use this on other sites as well, for YouTube thumbnail I use this a lot because I post YouTube videos, when you upload a YouTube video, they give you three options.
They take random screenshots throughout your video, sometimes you might look silly, you might be in the middle of a sentence and it catches you, with this you can make a nice cover photo for your YouTube video instead of taking the three that it gives you for an option.
Let’s start making a Facebook post, it’s very easy to use, it is very user-friendly, there are a few other things you can use for example if I want to find a picture of a doctor, there are all of these photos, you have to pay for these ones, it’s $1.00.
In elements you can see the free photos folder, you can look through any of these if you want to use one of these, the quality of some of these is fantastic, I like them, that’s cool, there are also options for the photos, I can put a filter on it the same way that I would use with snapchat or Instagram.
There are some pre-made filters already, I can go into the Advanced Options and decide for myself, I want to use these, I can make it blurry, I can tint it a different color, there are lots of different options, I can also crop it, if I only want that part, I could crop it to that.
I can also flip it horizontally, vertically, I can also make it a little bit more transparent, if I don’t want it so bold and I want it a little bit faded, I can do that, if I want to put some text on top of this image, I can choose a different font and choose the size, I can choose the color, I can pick a specific color if I know my color code.
I want to have a specific color that I use for my branding, if you know the color code, you can use that, back to elements there are a few other options for things you can do, grids shows you a template if you want to add multiple photos.
In frames, you can put a frame for a picture on top of the photo you already have, I like to use this, that’s fine, this is cool in the shape of a phone, I can make it go to the side a little bit, you can drag a photo in or upload a photo, I’ll go into my uploads that I already have.
I’m going to put in my ebook in there, maybe someone’s reading my ebook on the bus, you can go into these shapes, if you want to put in the circle, maybe I’ll write something inside the circle, in different lines they change throughout the year, sometimes they’ll change them depending on the holiday coming up.
Same with these icons there are also free images, charts are nice to use especially if you’re making an image or a PDF where you need to put some statistics, these are cool to use, canva has their own folder so you can show off how much you love canvas.
In background you can pick different colors, if you don’t want to put a picture as the background, in uploads I have them all categorized and organized by project, for transparent images I said I was going to get to that, that’s important.
You can see these pictures of me, they’re transparent, there’s no white border around me, that’s a transparent image, here’s one of the transparent images that I have of myself, I had to create it in Photoshop, if I want to put myself on top of this image, I already have it saved into one of my folders.
Let’s type in have a great day, I might put my logo in the top right, I can download it and share it, let’s go back to the main page of canva, some of these are paid features, but I’m showing you the benefits of paying for canva, you can create a team.
You can have other people that will log in, you can all access these designs, if I work with the team and I ask Louis if he can log in and if he adjust this graphic or if he can make a graphic for me, everything’s in the folder already, use the stuff that’s in there.
For your brand, I love this, there were so many mistakes that I made in the past, I didn’t realize that this was in here, I would go into Photoshop and I would make my text in my custom font that I use for my website, then I would have to export that photo, upload it to canva, place it on my picture, then export it and be able to use that picture.
Now that I’m paying for canva, I can add in my color palette, these are the specific colors that we use, remember when I was talking about those color codes. This is a specific pink that I use, this is a specific blue that I use, then when I scroll down, I also can upload the fonts that I use.
One of the fonts that I use all the time is this dancing script font, instead of going into my Photoshop making an image, making it a transparent image and adding it onto the photo, I have it here, let me back up and explain to you what it means to make a transparent image, because this is also a paid feature in Canva.
Let me make a transparent photo for you for example, let’s go into a social media graphic, let’s go into the shapes, go into elements, I’m going to take one of these stars, I’m going to make it blue, if my background on my website is pink and I download this picture as it is, it’s going to be this purple bluish star with the square white background, because this is exactly how you’re downloading it.
But if I want the star picture, I download it as a PNG, it has to be a PNG, a JPEG doesn’t do this, click transparent background, if I go back into this post, I upload it into my uploads, it’s transparent, if I put this on top, it doesn’t have that white square around it, this is so important to me, I use it online all the time.
It may not be important to you, but now you know how to do it, that is my tutorial on canva, I hope that you enjoy it, if you have any questions or need any clarification, please don’t hesitate to either comment below or send me an email, I post lots of free tips all the time, thank you for reading.