How To Use Canva To Quickly Create Graphic Images & Designs

How To Use Canva To Quickly Create Graphic Images & Designs

how to use canva

As a full-service SEO agency, we use Canva quite extensively for our clients. Now you may be wondering, why would an SEO agency need to create graphic design images and templates? Good question. We use Canva as part of our content marketing strategies, creating blog post covers, posters, infographics and sometimes even logo’s. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use Canva to quickly create graphic images and designs. 

What is Canva?

Canva is an online graphic design tool that lets users easily create a range of designs including flyers, resumes, presentations, Instagram posts and more. Canva is extremely easy to use as it comes with pre-installed templates, photos and layouts that users can change to fit their designs. Canva was started by Melanie Perkins, a well-known Perth entrepreneur who currently acts as the company’s CEO. 

Step 1 – Set Up An Account 

The first step is creating an account, head over to Canva.com and sign up. (It’s free). You should then be directed to the main dashboard. 

create account

Your screen should look like this:

canva dashboard

How To Use Canva

Regardless of which template you choose, the process of creating a design will remain the same. For the purpose of this blog post, we will create an Instagram Post using Canva with a detailed step-by-step guide, let’s get started. 

Search for Instagram (Select Post):

search for instagram

We are now given a blank canvas to work on, with the exact dimensions already set for an Instagram post:

blank canvas

Now we have options – we can either pick a pre-installed template and change the design or create a post from scratch. This option is up to you and you should experiment with both. If we are going for the quick and easy method, pick a template that you like and change what you want. 

Here’s the template we picked:

canva template

Begin Customising

Change The Text

The user interface is ridiculously easy to use, for example, changing the text can simply be done by just highlighting it, and then changing it to what you want:

change the text

Likewise, the font, text size, colour, positioning and spacing can also all be change when the text is highlighted:

change the text colour

Change The Background Image

When changing images in a design, you can either upload one of your own images from your computer or use an image on Canva already. Let’s use an image from Canva to change the design. Go to Elements on the left menu, and then click Photos:

change the image

Choose an image that you like, click and hold, then drag it into your design:

click image

We have now changed the text and the image within our design. If you want to use one of your own images, simply head to the Uploads section and drag an image into there from your computer. Once uploaded, simply click, hold and drag that image into the design. 

In addition to photos, there are always graphics available you can use for your design, which is located right next to the photos. 

Save The Image

Great, the design is finished now it’s time to save it and use it. In the right-hand corner of the screen, click on the Download button. Then, select the PNG option and click download. 

save the image

That’s it! We have now created and downloaded an Instagram post. As mentioned earlier, this process works for all kinds of templates, so begin practising and start creating awesome designs. 

If you are confused or have any other questions, check out this video:

What Are The Available Canva Templates?

Here is a full list of all the templates provided by Canva:

  • Posters
  • Logos
  • Presentations
  • Flyers
  • Cards
  • Infographics
  • Business Cards
  • Resumes
  • Photo Collages
  • Brochures
  • Invitations
  • Desktop Wallpapers
  • Postcards
  • Book Covers
  • Certificates
  • Menus
  • Letterheads
  • CD Covers
  • Magazine Covers
  • Labels
  • Announcements
  • Gift Certificates
  • Social Graphics
  • Tags
  • Programs
  • ID Cards
  • Tickets
  • Bookmarks
  • Newsletters
  • Calendar
  • Web Banners
  • Class Schedules
  • Coupons
  • Reports
  • Proposals
  • Media Kits
  • Worksheets
  • Invoices
  • Recipe Cards
  • Rack Cards
  • Planners
  • Report Cards
  • Letters
  • Lesson Plans
  • Web Ads

To use any of these templates, go here

Do you have to pay to use Canva?

No, you don’t as Canva does offer a free subscription as part of their pricing plans. However, users still have to pay for selected images and layouts even regardless of what subscription you are using. 

How much does it cost to use Canva?

It costs $ 12.95 per team member / month to use Canva For Work. As mentioned, there is a free subscription available also with fewer features. The Canva Enterprise package is currently coming soon. See their pricing plans here

Is Canva for free?

Yes, Canva offers a free subscription to its users which includes all the basic features such as access to over 8,000 templates, ability to upload your own images, 1GB storage for photos and assets plus more. 

Can you use Canva offline?

No, you cannot use Canva offline as it requires the internet to save changes and download designs. If you do happen to be offline while using Canva, you will receive the message “Offline, attempting to reconnect…” Until you have been reconnected, you won’t be able to properly use the tool. 

Hopefully, though this blog post you learnt how to quickly and easily create a design using Canva. 

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