• Canva Template Basics: Using Elements and Text Elements

    When you’re using Canva Templates you’ll need to know and understand are the elements.  So what are elements?

    Elements are each piece that you use when working in Canva such as lines, shapes, frames, charts, grids, backgrounds, fonts, images, and gradients.  They are the nuts and bolts of working with Canva.

    How To Use Elements

    Every time that you click on or highlight one of the elements that you place down – like an image, an icon or text – you’re going to see that there’s going to be a menu at the top.  The menu will include all of those things pertain to this particular element that you want to use.

    Take a look at the example below.  I’ve highlighted the gray text that says, “Heading Title Here”. 

    If you place the cursor on top of a different element, what you’ll notice is that the elements change, and the menu changes.

    But back to our example…

    If you place your cursor on top of this element, the menu will show you all of the aspects of this element you can change.  All of these are things that you can do to this particular element.

    So if you’d like to change the product to your brand color – you’ll go to the A with the gray underline and click on that.

    You’ll be brought to this:

    You’ll want to click on the new color and use your HEX color to change to your branding color.

    Then scroll to the bottom and look on the right hand side.  You’ll find a check with the words, “Change all” with the old color and your new brand color.  Click that box and all of the gray branding in this Canva Template will change.

    Whenever you want to change or work with any of the elements you’ll want to highlight it first (click on it).  As you see from the example above it’ll let you know when it is highlighted so that you can begin working on it.

    This particular example is an In Blog Post promotional graphic in my Canva Lead Magnet Design Kit: Rose Bloom (it’ll be out Monday, March 1st).

    Here are the elements I would change in the Canva Template to make them match your branding:

    1. The colors – you’ll want to change all the colors to match your branding.
    2. Add a title for your lead magnet.  You might have to work with the text to make sure that it still looks good.  It will depend on if the title is long or short what you’ll want to do.
    3. Add the eCover title in the blank tablet screen.  To do that when your lead magnet is finished – you’ll download the eCover onto your desktop and then upload to Canva.  Then drag the eCover over to the tablet screen.  
    4. If you’re using a template with more than one page you’ll also want to pick your best page and upload that to use as well. 
    5. You could also add you’re your domain URL at the bottom, but since this is an in blog post it isn’t necessary.  If you plan to repurpose the graphic on a different platform then I would definitely add it.

    Now I want to go over the text element so that you’re able to add your title, move it around and make it the size that you want it to be.

    To do this you’ll want to click in the text element you want to change.  Then start typing your title. 

    3 Steps To Use the Text Element in Your Canva Templates

    1. Pull the side bar on the right.  I’ve labeled it 1.  Make sure all of your text fits across the screen in the amount of lines you want.  You’ll know you can adjust when you see the black double arrow.
    2. Then go to the corner and adjust the font element where you’d like it.  Make it bigger or smaller.  You’ll know you can adjust when you see the black double arrow.
    3. Move the text element where you want it to go.  To do this make sure you have the white t with the arrows (or the arrows going in four directions).

    Take a look at the image below for the steps.

    So position the text element where you want it. Of course, just as you had with the elements menu when you click inside of this element, you have a menu that you can change.  You’ll be able to change the font, size of the font, the color of the font and even the orientation of the font.

    Canva is super easy and that is why we use this amazing editing software at Dragonfly Design Lab.

    ~April Lemarr

    P.S. Did you see the blog post about How To Create a Branding Kit in Canva?

  • How To Create a Branding Kit In Canva

    One feature that I absolutely love in Canva is the branding kit.  Why do I love it?  Because it saves me time.

    I add my branding – my colors, my logo and the fonts that I use.  This saves me time because every template that I create is going to automatically start with my branding colors and fonts.  And if I have a font that isn’t included in Canva’s selection I can add it here as well.

    Most of the branding kit isn’t free, but you can add two branding colors.  I would suggest that you do that so that it saves you some time.

    This is an important element from Canva, so I’m going to walk through the steps and show you each feature.  Remember that if you have the free account you won’t have access to everything.

    You don’t need a paid version – especially when you’re first starting out.  I didn’t have one for years and was able to use it effectively in my business.

    Step 1: Get To The Branding Kit

    You’re going to see on your left hand side is called the brand kit – click that to get access.

    Step 2: Change the Colors

    What you’re going to be able to do with your brand kit is to indicate to Canva what your brand colors are in this area. The free version allows you to pick two colors. 

    If you want to go up to a third color, you would need to upgrade to Canva for work. However, you can use two colors as part of your brand color palette.

    Step 3: Upload Your Logo

    And one important aspect of the brand kit is that you can upload transparent versions of your logo, which again will give you access inside of Canva to use them along with your brand colors.

    Step 4: Indicate Your Brand Fonts

    You can also set your brand fonts.  You’ll want to pick two different fonts here.  I like to use a regular type font and a cursive font.  If you’re not sure what looks good, then search for “best font pairings in Canva”.

    Basically what you’re going to have access to with their brand kit is to be able to use your entire visual branding in any graphic that you create.

    BONUS Feature: Upload Different Fonts

    Also in this area, you’re going to be able to do is to upload your own fonts.

    This is an upgrade feature and most people won’t use it, but if you need to there is an option to pay for the Canva Business.  

    Branding is important for you business because it brings a sense of consistency to your business, but you don’t have to upgrade to this feature.  At least not yet.  There might be a time when you do decide to, so I wanted to show you this important feature.

    Plus I think that you should go in and add two branding colors for free.

    Have a great and productive day!

    April