Canva is a blessing to beginner and experienced graphic designers. If you’ve used it before, you definitely know just how easy it is to design with it. Beginners can have a fun time with Canva but to be more productive, you need to learn a few important tricks first.
Knowing these few important tricks will help you get the most out of Canva and will help you make the best designs that you can.
1. Explore Your Options
One of the great things about Canva is that you have a selection of templates to choose from. If you invest in a premium account, you can access templates like infographics, Facebook posts, photo collages, and more.
Don’t be afraid to explore what the platform has to offer. You’ll be surprised at how versatile some of the templates can be.
2. Limit Your Font Selection
Canva gives you access to a lot of exciting fonts. It can be very tempting to add more and more fonts to your design but that doesn’t necessarily make it good. You should limit your font selection to one or two simple ones especially if you’re a beginner.
The goal here is to make the design readable in one go. If your viewer has to take a second or third glance before being able to read the text in the design, you’re doing something wrong.
Another good tip when it comes to font selection is to keep your texts all in the same family. For instance, if you’re going to use Calibri, then the other fonts should be the Bold and Italicized variants of it.
The same goes for sticking only to either serif or san serif fonts.
3. Use Lines To Create Order
Are you looking to create a design that’s text-heavy?
If you said yes, then you might want to take a look at how well lines add order to your lines of text. Pro graphic designers suggest not just aligning your text, but also putting in a straight line on the left side to keep it even more organized.
This adds a level of balance and composition to your design. It’s perfect for ads, Facebook posts, and more.
4. Use The Brand Kit
If you’re tasked with creating a selection of ad materials for a brand, then you need to stay consistent with your output.
A good way to keep consistent is by using the Canva Brand Kit. It’s a tool that a lot of designers tend to overlook. With it, you can easily access and swap your color swatches, logos, fonts, and more. This provides a quick means to generate a brand campaign for your client.
5. Learn How To Scale Proportionally
Scaling can be a nightmare for many designers but luckily, Canva makes it a lot easier.
If you want to scale a project proportionally, you can do so by holding the Alt Key and dragging one of the corners of the work area. It’s a little secret shortcut that’s very useful.
6. Use Comments For Collaboration And Note Taking
One of the best features of Canva Pro in our opinion is the notes section. To put it simply, this lets you put in little side notes to elements in your work area. What this can do is make collaboration easier between you and other designers.
Additionally, you can see it as a little reminder of your progress and the things to do on the project.
Canva is easy to use but these tips make it even easier. Though it caters to those without having editing skills, Canva works perfectly well as a tool for professionals too. With these secret tips, you can fully unlock its potential and make your output significantly better.