8 Tips And Tricks for Working Smarter (Not Harder!) In Canva

Canva is an online design tool that allows you to create a variety of different designs, including posters, flyers and social media graphics. It’s user-friendly interface makes it easy for anyone to use this great program but there are some tips and tricks that can make the process even easier. In this blog post we’ll be discussing 8 quick tips and tricks for working smarter (not harder) in Canva!

Some of these features are exclusive to Canva Pro. If you are using a free account some of tips won’t be available, the good news is if you head on over to Canva using this link (or click the banner below), you can sign up to a free 30 day trial to Canva Pro!

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Now, on to the top 8 tips and tricks that we love when using Canva.

1. Canva Magic Resize (Pro)

Magic Resize is perfect for infinitely resizing your images for any platform.

When you are in your design document, just click ‘Resize’ in the top left, and a drop down list of sizing formats appears.

You can choose one or more document sizes and Canva will generate a template for each one of these sizes, saving you loads of time! All you need to do is resize your elements to fit! Easy!

2. Scale Proportionately Using Alt+Drag

If you want to scale your design proportionately, just hold down the ALT key and drag your mouse while holding it.

This is a really handy way of scaling an element on any axis (up/down or left/right) without distorting its original proportions.

You can also use this technique in combination with resizing if you want to resize everything in proportion.

This technique is a really quick and easy way of scaling any element you have on your design without messing up the original proportions!

3. Use Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts make life even easier when you’re using Canva. I have always used Adobe products, so I’ve found it great that a LOT of these are the same as I might use in Illustrator! Below are a selection of Canva keyboard shortcuts that I use most:

  • Add a line to your document: Click the “L” key
  • Add a rectangle to your document: Click the “R” key
  • Transform text to Uppercase: Shift + cmd/ctrl + “K” key
  • Bold text: cmd/ctrl + “B” key
  • Send element forward: cmd/ctrl + “]
  • Send element backward: cmd/ctrl + “[
  • Duplicate elements: cmd/ctrl + “D” key
  • Group Elements: cmd/ctrl + “G” key
  • Ungroup Elements: shift + cmd/ctrl + “G” key
  • Select all items on layer: cmd/ctrl + “A” key
  • Zoom in: cmd/ctrl + “+” key
  • Zoom out: cmd/ctrl + “” key

4. Add Rulers And Guides To Your Document

Rulers and guides are helpful when you need to position design elements on your page.

To add a ruler, go to the top menu and select ‘File’ > Show Rulers.

Rulers display the units of the document type. For example, a print document may show in inches or millimeters.

To add guides, go to the top menu and select ‘File’ > Show Guides.

To add a new guide you right click on the design and select either ‘add vertical guide, or ‘add horizontal guide’. You can now snap elements within your design to your guides.

5. Canva Brand Kit (Pro)

Using Canva’s brand kit makes it easy to set and forget your branding and colors. You can update these as often as you like and they’ll automatically be applied to any design document.

Just upload your brand’s colors, logo, and fonts to your Brand Kit to store and apply them across all of your designs. You can then update any design to be aligned with your brand, simple!

6. Removing The Background From Images In Canva (Pro)

Canva Pro makes it easier than ever to remove backgrounds from your photographs.

If you have ever tried to do this in Photoshop it can be a time consuming process, but it’s now super easy with Canva.

With the click of a button you can simply remove the background on any photo so you can use them anywhere you like.

To use the Background Remover: Simply upload an image to Canva, add the image your document, choose effects at the top and select “Background Remover.”

7. Lock Elements In Canva

You’ve always been able to lock elements on the art board in Illustrator and Photoshop, but did you know you can also do this in Canva?

When you want an element to stay in place so you don’t accidentally move it, you can lock it in place.

To lock elements, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click an element or select a group of elements that you want locked in place.
  2. Click the Padlock icon— this is located at the top of the main design editor.

If you need to unlock the elements, simply select the locked elements and click the padlock again. Now you’ll be able to move the elements again.

8. Save As A Template

This is a super handy feature for Canva Pro users! Do you use the same design over and over again?

On the top right of the screen, under Publish, click on “Show More”, you can then scroll down to find “Templates”.

You’ll be able to select the folder for your template, you can then click “Publish”.

Your template will now be accessible on your home page by clicking the folder on the left side that you saved it in.

On the top right hand side, under Publish, click on Show More, scroll down until you see “templates”.

You can then select the folder that will house the template and select Publish.

In order to now access these templates, all you have to do is go to your home page, go into the folder on the left hand side you saved it in and click on the template.

So now you know a few new tips and tricks to use in Canva. We’d love to know if you use any other Canva tricks that weren’t mentioned here, or if you need help with using Canva, ask a question below!

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