If design is not your deal then Canva is the perfect platform for you!
You can easily create social media graphics, magazine covers, ebooks etc using Canva without having any graphic design skill, whatsoever.
Canva also has a ton of free templates for your use so just incase you are not feeling very creative then you can just use one of these templates to create any graphic within minutes!
And today I have some rad Canva tips and tricks that will up your Canva game in no time.
Canva Tips & Tricks
I hope you love short cuts because we have plenty of those here!
1. Free Stuff
You know how Canva provides a mix of free and paid items when you search for something?
And I am pretty much that person who will look for free stuff first before shelling out dollars.
Don’t judge me.
Just enter these codes in the search area and they filter out all the paid stuff and only show you the free items.
“brand:BAAMOuJH0Ec” or “brand:BAAAAP7rQ8M”
2. Public Designs
There is an option in Canva to make your designs public.
I’ve never made my designs public because I don’t like being judged that way but I always wondered whether people where actually using this feature and if so where can I see these “public” designs.(So what if I don’t make my designs public? Of course I am going to see designs from other folks. Just curious.)
Turns out, you can view the public designs right there on the homepage.
Some of the designs are pretty cool so this is a great way to find some Inspiration if you have been staring blank at the screen for hours like me.
3. Text Box
I love this short cut and I am sure you will love it too.
In Canva you have to go all the way to the text section and then select the text boxes to actually write something on the design. Tedious.
So I found a shortcut, of course.
You can simply press “t” on your keyboard and a text box will appear.
This makes using Canva a breeze and I’ve never been back to the text section, ever since.
4. Add a Flourish
Canva is really limited on the fonts available.
Also, the free version of Canva does not allow you to upload your own fonts so you either have to make the best of what you have here or download your designs and add the text in an external program.
Here is a cool little trick I learned to spruce up your script fonts.
You can use one of the many available swirls to add a flourish to the end of your words this way
Tip: You can find some of these swirls in the lines section.
Nobody needs to know this is the same regular boring Canva font you are using 😉
Let’s just keep this secret between us.
5. Group Elements
Ever try to perfectly align a set of elements in Canva and miserably fail at it?
Until I learned this trick where you can move around a group of elements together.
Just select the elements you want to group by holding down the shift key and Canva will group them and you can now move them around however you want to.
You can select elements and group them by holding down the shift key.
6. Center Elements
Yep I learnt a lot of things related to alignment.
If you are trying to center your text on an element then make sure your text box is the same width as the element.
I am pretty sure most of you Canva users will know this but just thought I should throw this in here too.
7. Move Elements with Arrow Keys
This is another thing that makes me miserable.
It is sweet when things are just perfectly aligned at your first attempt. But when you are trying to shift something by just a teeny bit with all your focus and concentration pouring all your heart and energy into it and that thing stubbornly moves by 50 spaces.
This is my cue for giving up.
I learnt this tip a couple of weeks ago, that you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move an element by just 1px.
1PX => ARROW KEY
10 PX => SHIFT + ARROW KEY
8. Use Canva Frames
Canva has these cool letter frames available which you can use to create a word.
They act like any normal image frame in Canva so you can add textures, patterns or even images to create a cool effect.
You can search for these in Canva by typing “alphabet frames” or “letter frames” in the search box.
You might have to spend some time searching for all the numbers and letters you need but this is a good trick to know if you do not have photoshop to create this kind of effect.
9. Convert to Uppercase
Want to turn all the letters to upper case? Just select all the letters and hit CMD+SHIFT+K or CTRL in windows
and use CMD + Z to undo.
10. Add a Border around your Text
A border around text can create an organized and neat effect.
You can hit OPTION + SHIFT + B or ALT + SHIFT + B on windows and Canva will automatically add a border around your text.
Easier than having to search for a border and arrange it precisely around the text right?
11. Select elements behind other elements
I have spent ridiculous amount of time in Canva to try and get to element which is buried deep behind layers of other elements without disturbing my meticulously laid out graphic.
If you are a regular Canva user you must have struggled with this too.
There is an easer way to go about this. Just select the element at the top and enter CMD+CLICK till your element is selected.
Windows users use CTRL instead of CMD.
12. Move elements to Front and Back
At the same time you can bring an element to the front or push it back by using the CMD + UP/DOWN keys or CTRL + UP/DOWN.
I never really tend to use this, I just use the “arrange” button on the menu and get it done with.
This may appeal to those who like to be more keyboard savvy.
13. The Grid
Did you know about this?!
If anybody loves to have their elements perfectly aligned on Canva then it has these grid lines for your reference.
Just click CMD + ; or CTRL + ; and these grey grid lines will appear on your art board.
I go back and forth over this. I use it sometimes and the other times I just click on search whichever is convenient at the time. Nevertheless, here is a shortcut for using the search box.
CMD + ? or CTRL + ?
So here you go, these are some of the Canva tricks that I figured out on my own or dug them out from the deepest archives of the Canva blog
Do you have any favorite Canva tricks that you use?
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