Canva is a free, web-based graphic design tool for creating a variety of designs, including:
Canva is easy to use with its drag and drop format, and provides access to photos, images, fonts, and themes within the tool.
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Before you jump into creating your design, take some time to think about what you are creating and who you are creating it for.
When creating a custom design, you will not have access to Canva's readymade layout templates.
Note: There are both free and premium (paid for) elements. Elements will be clearly marked as free or with a price ($). If you include premium features in your design, it will prompt you to pay when you download your design.
Right-click on the image you want to use as your background. At the bottom of the pop-up menu, select ‘Set Image as Background.
To adjust the transparency of an item in your design:
You can adjust the way your items and images layer with one another by changing the order of your items.
To group images so that they remain stuck together, highlight the elements you want to be grouped together. Once highlighted, an option to ‘group’ will appear in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Select ‘group’ to stick your images together into one.
To ungroup these elements, click on the group until it is highlighted in blue. Click ‘Ungroup’ in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Your images will now be independent from one another again.
In a template, it is common that a lot of elements will be grouped automatically. If you want to change the layout of your design by ungrouping these elements, right-click on the section you want to ungroup, and select ‘ungroup’ in the pop-up menu. Your elements should now be independent from each other.
To re-group your elements in a template, highlight the elements you want to be grouped together until they are highlighted in blue. Then, right-click. In the pop-up menu, select ‘group.’
Begin by adding a heading, subheading, or textbox to your design. In the tool bar across the top of the screen, click on the ellipses (...) to view more advanced text options.
Click on the uppercase tool to convert your text from lowercase to uppercase, or from uppercase to lowercase.
HTML colour codes are a unique combination of numbers and letters that code for a specific colour. This step is useful when creating designs for particular brands, as most major brands have specific colours that they use to make sure everything they create and post appears cohesive. For example, the University of Guelph has a colour palette that represents the University brand, and each of these colours have a different code. For this example, we will use Guelph Red.
Collaborators can use the notes and comment feature to provide feedback for each page of your design.
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