Canva Tutorial: Create Beautiful Graphics Quickly, Easily, and for Free!

Canva Tutorial: Create Beautiful Graphics Quickly, Easily, and for Free!

Hey everybody, this is Mark, from
I am super excited about today’s class, because I get to tell you about one of my favorite web
sites ever. It’s called and I know a lot of you out there need to create graphics
all the time. You need to create graphics for things like an upcoming event. Maybe you
need to make a poster. Maybe you need to make an image for you website, or maybe you just
need to make a picture to post on Facebook for something. Either you don’t have something
like Photoshop, because it’s too expensive or too complicated, or maybe you just need
to get done faster and easier than that. Canva is a great option for you. I think you’re
going to really like it. Today, I’m going to teach you make a slide or an image for
a family camp out for a church, just to use it as an example. As we walk through making
it real quick, you’re going to learn how easy it is to use Canva. Let’s just jump right
into it.  The very first thing that you want to do is
you want to go to and when you get there it’s going to ask you to make an account,
so go ahead and do that. After you get done making your account, then it gives you the
option here at the top to create a design. Now, what it wants to do is it wants to find
out what kind of design you’re trying to create and then it’s going to set up your canvas
or your work space in the right pixel dimensions for whatever you’re trying to make. For example,
if you’re trying to make a social media item, it’s probably going to be 800 by 600,
or maybe if you want to make a slide presentation, it’s going to be 1024 by 768 and so on, so
there’s a poster in Facebook cover and Facebook post Instagram. Just in case you think there’s
only six, check this out, click more, and there are all kinds of other options for you
to choose, there’s US letter and presentation, and letterhead, and posters, and food and
drink menus, business cards, YouTube channel and on and on and on.  You can pick something that they’ve already
made or they’ve already set up for you to get a really great start on it. However today,
what we’re going to do, is we’re going to create a slide for a projector in a church
auditorium and we already know that’s going to be a specific pixel size, so we’re going
to go up here, and we’re going to click this right here, Used Custom Dimensions, and we’re
going to type in the pixel’s width and height that I need. Now, I want to stop here for just
second, because, a lot of people that I work with need to create images for their website,
maybe for a slide or a header image. This is where you would go to type in the dimensions that
you need to use that’s specific for your website. When you come here, click on “Used Custom
Dimensions” and type in those pixels dimensions here.  In this case, I’m going to do 1920 by 1080,
and I’m going to click design, and then it’s going to open up a canvas for me to start
working on. We’re just going to start right here. The first thing I’m going to do is I’m
going to shrink down the canvas just a little bit on the zoom level so I can see a little
more, but down here on the bottom left corner, you can click this minus or plus, so that
you can see a little bit more of it. The first thing I want to do, is I want to add my background
image. So, what you do, to add a background image, is you go to either uploads, if you
want to upload a picture you already own, or you can search from their over one million
images, and you can use one of theirs and you can buy it from them. Their pictures are
just a dollar a piece, so it’s going to be really hard to beat that anywhere.  For example, I’ll stop for a second, let’s
say you need to do camping. Let’s see if there’s actually any good images here, I haven’t tried,
let’s see what comes up. Look at this, so you can use this image right here, this one’s
free. If you click on it, it’s going to drop right into this area and all you would do
is drag the corners and make it fill your whole space, that’s a great option. You can
go through any one of these, and these are only a dollar a piece. When you use one of
these, let’s say you click on it, it’s going to have this water mark on it and that watermark
is going to be there, but when you go to download it and when you’re all done, at that point
you can buy whatever pictures you have chosen and the watermark will not be there anymore,
so that’s how that works. In this case, I’m, going to go to uploads and
I’m going to use this picture that I’ve already uploaded, put it right here, and I’m going
to grab these corners and I’m going to drag the corner out and I’m going to see how big
I want this, let me go a little bit past the edges here. I probably want it something like,
I don’t know, something like that, then I’ll click off of it and that’s pretty good, I
like that. Now, I’m going to add some large text, right up in here, I’m going to say family
campout, right there.  What I would do next is go over to text, over
here on the left, click text, and it gives me these three basic options, maybe a header,
then a subtitle and then a little bit of body text. All that’s doing is going to — When
I click on it, it’s going to through some text over there in a premade size, but I can
change everything about it that text, it’s just is a quick way to get there. I’m going
to click add text, and as you see, it adds this text that’s grey and I’m not even sure
what font that is, but we’re going to change that in just a minute. I’m going to drag it
up here in this area where I’d like to put it. I’m going to click on it, and I’m going to
type, Family Campout, and I actually do want it on two lines, so I’m actually going to
hit enter in between. That’s good. Then, what I’m going to do, is I’m going to change
the color to white, so I’m going to select all of it and then go up here and click this
little, Pick a Color option. You can either pick some pre-chosen colors here, or if you
click the plus button, you can choose whatever color you want anywhere in here. Just find
the color you want. If you happen to know the color code, you can actually put in the
color code there.  In this case I just want it white, so I’m
going to go up here and I’m going to click white, and then the next thing I want to do
is I want to change the font, and I also want to center it, and I want to change the spacing
between the two lines. So, let’s choose a different font, I think I — There’s one in
here, I think it’s called, Permanent Marker, so I’m going to go down to P and choose Permanent
Marker, that’s good.  Then I want to make it larger so, I’m going
to go up here to,  This Font Size, click here, and I’m going to choose something like,
like, I don’t know, 80 perhaps…Well, that might be a little big. Let’s go down to 72,
that’s pretty good. I’m going to drag it over a little bit, and now I want to center it,
so I’m going to hit this down arrow here, and want to go — See, right now it’s on left,
and then there’s center and then right. I’m going to choose center.  Then I want to make these two lines closer
to each other, so I’m going to choose this option called, Text Spacing, and then you
can choose — You can change the space in between each letter, and you can also change
space in between each line. If you see here, if I click and drag this, you’re going to
see this right here is going to get closer together. I want it pretty close, so I’m going
to do something like, I don’t know, maybe there, That’s good. I will drag it a little
bit farther over there, that’s great.  Now, I want to add the date and some other
information underneath this, so I’m going to go over here and I’m going to click, Add
Subtitle text, and just like before it added it in there. Now, here’s a little key, if
you click away from the item, so it’s not selected anymore, now you see the background
is selected, here, I’m going to click off of it, and then when nothing is selected,
when I role over this text, it turns into the four way arrow, then I can drag it. You
see that? If it’s actually — Let’s say the background is selected like this and I try
to drag the text, by back — Oh it actually worked, never mind. Sometimes it grabs the
background and moves it instead, so just be careful what you’re actually grabbing there,
in that case it worked great. Another little feature I love is when I’m
dragging it over here, it automatically gives me that guideline and it kind of pops to that
guideline, and shows me that it’s centered below the text above, and that’s really nice.
So, I’m going to edit this, I’m going to say, I don’t know, June 5th through the 7th, 2015.
I’ll highlight all of that, I’m going to center it again, and then I’m also going to change
the color and the font. Now, for this particular one, I think I want, there’s one up here,
I’m going all the way to the top and I’m going to do this one called Aleo. Then I want it a little bolder, so I’m going
to go down here and see there’s a bold option right here and the italics, underline, and
that kind of thing. I’m going to choose bold, and I want to make it — I want to it like
a yellow. I’m going to try to kind of mimic one of the yellows in this tent over here,
I’m not going to be real exact, but I’m going to kind of guess over there. I’m going to
click the little plus arrow here and I’m going to find a yellow that might be in here, and
that’s good enough for now. I’ll click off of that.  I want to make it a little bigger also, so
I’m going to go here and I’m going to choose, let’s see how big. Maybe something like, 36,
we’ll see, yeah, that’s probably good, and we’ll do it somewhere in there. Then I want
to then do some more subtext, so there’s two ways to do it, I can either go over here and
add subtitle text again,or I can click on this one and then hit the down arrow here,
and I’m going to go down here to copy, and that way it’ll already choose the same font
that I’m already using and it’ll get me a little farther ahead.  I’m going to choose copy, and it puts another
option — Another copy of it of it out there and drag it right below it. I’m going to double-click
on here, I’m going to change it back to white, and you guys can see where I’m going here.
I’m going to change it to a light version, and I’m going to make it quite a bit smaller.
Actually you know what? I’m going to make this, I’m going to make bold like the other
one, because I’m going to put the location here. You see it’s already bold, okay good,
so I’m going to say, I’m going to call it, Mahogany Groove Group Site, that’s where it’s
going to be located. Maybe I’ll go down here, maybe a little bit farther down, and then
I’m going to copy this again, and I’ll drag it below here, and I’m going to go ahead and
speed up the rest of this to show you how I do the rest of it, so you don’t have to
watch it all in real time, but I think you’ll pick up the little keys, because I’m just
doing the same thing over and over. [Music] All right, there’s one more thing I want to
show you here, and that’s how to add a logo down here in the bottom left. Now, in this
case, this is something important. I’ve uploaded the logo for this particular church already
into my uploads area, because it has a transparent background. So, any item that has a transparent
background, you’ll be able to through it right on top of another image. Unfortunately at this time, Canva cannot create
a transparent background for you so; right now you have to that some other way. I’ve
heard that that option is coming, but for now it’s not there, at least at the time of
the recording. I’m going to go to uploads and I’m going to grab this particular logo
right here, and you see that it has a transparent background, already. I can just drag it right
down here and re-size it a little bit and there we go. That’s pretty much done, so it looks great
and all I have to do now, and by the way you see it’s always saving my work at all times,
so don’t have to even worry about that, but if I would like to download it, I go up here
to the download button, and click that, and then I have two options, download as an image,
which actually is a PNG, in terms of the format. Unfortunately you can’t choose other items
or other formats at this time. Maybe that will be in the future, like a JPEG or something,
but for now, you can download it as an image or a PNG, sorry I didn’t actually mean to
click that. The other option is to download it as a PDF. When you click that it’s preparing your design
and at that point, if you had used any pictures that you need to purchase, it would give you
the option to purchase them. Then it automatically opens up to where I want to save it, I’ve
actually done this before, so I’m going to call this, Family Campout 3, and it has saved
it for me and I’m all done. If I’d like to share it on Facebook, I can post it directly
from or tweet it out, or send it as an email to one of my friends. That’s pretty much it,
so hopefully you’ve enjoyed learning how to use Canva. I think it’s great. There is so
many other things built into it that I didn’t show you today, but hopefully this will give
you enough information get rolling and start making pictures of your own. If you’ve enjoyed today’s class there are
three things that you can do that would really help us be able to keep classes like this
free for everybody. The first thing you can do is, like this video, you can also subscribe
to channel so you get notified every time a new class comes out. The third thing you
can do is visit our website at Have a great day, until next time, class dismissed.

Comments (100)

  1. Its always a pleasure watching David's tutorials. Many Thanks for all the good work that you always do.Keep it up.

  2. Awesome! Thank you soooooooo much.

  3. Great video thank you love the tutorial! way better than picmonkey !

  4. What an awesome and detailed tutorial. I learned a lot from this. Just subscribed!!!!

  5. how to download if the banner I made is with link? I tried to upload it on my FB timeline but PDF cannot, but if I save it JPG and PNG the link is not working pls help thank u!

  6. Greetings,

    Sorry to bother you, but I have a question:

    If I want business cards and use canva to design them, how do I actually get the product to my home as a physical product?

  7. Great tutorial by the way, thanks for helping us

  8. Just hearing about Canva. Great tutorial! Thanks

  9. David, great informational video! God Bless my friend.

  10. Great tutorial. Have you done a recent Canva tutorial?

  11. Excellent, this helped me loads πŸ‘πŸ»

  12. Great tutorial, can we use canva to create youtube thumbnails and also can we create images like you have on your channel? would love to know how to do it.

  13. How do you print your designs from canva

  14. Piece of S. website. Wont let me download never. Waste of time.

  15. Hi mark to edit the YouTube videos ?i will gonna use for my business to post to my FB ..I just bought my iMac a few weeks ago but I need to learn how to use it..

  16. Great, thanks for sharing

  17. IS there a way to add a table to a Canva poster? I'd like to design my class timetable using Canva (I love it!). Monday to Friday across the top and 3 rows down (so 5 x 3) and able to add text and images (each fitness class has its own image)…. what's the fastest way to do this if a table not possible?

  18. The problem with a lot of these online design programs is that you can't save them to your computer and come back to them. Can you do that with Canva?

  19. Great class! Thanks .

  20. Can you tell me how to print?

  21. Thank you for the tutorial! Good help

  22. people who dislike this kind of thing is retarded

  23. Great vid. Do we simply save image as… to save it to our computer?

  24. Help me please.

    After clicking "Download" it says, "Hold on! Some uploads are in progress you'll need to wait for them to finish before downloading the design." I'm a newbie so i don't know what to do. Please respond quick. Thanks.

  25. Great video. Thank you. that helped me so much! #PSProblemSolved

  26. I can't figure out how to "continue editing" a design that I saved. The design is there, but when I click on it, the original Canva design shows up, like I have to start all over again. What are the steps to put my saved design back in editing mode?

  27. Nice Video tutorial.. Can i ask a question? can you make here in canva , like a ebook type ( that you can slide per page ) because i like to make a file of different instrument with their corresponding name and data taht you can go by like a bookfrom page to page? Thank you

  28. Someone please tell me how to transfer images created in my once free account into my now paid "Canva for Work" account. I received instructions from Support by email and this is not working at all…..Then, I'm told I have "multiple brands" and cannot even delete my free account. Help!

  29. VERY helpful. Thank YOU

  30. This was very helpful!

  31. You can get canva on iPad cool right like if you found out

  32. Great video. I love Canva as well. Such a simple tool, and I love that it's online so it goes everywhere with you.

  33. this is excellent! I am looking forward to having some fun creating all sorts of stuff with Canva! thanks so much for sharing this how to.

  34. I'd like to know how to make that angled photo with the MAC screen at the end of your video. Similarly, the angled ebooks that people use sometimes. Thanks! Great video.

  35. very interesting!!!! thank you.

  36. Thank you ! that is very cool!

  37. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  38. how do u type in a circular path?

  39. That was great! Thanks so much!

  40. Amazing review, SIKE THATS THE WRONG NUMBA!


  42. all i need is to know how to change the colors on a damn shape the rest is basic. i wish i could afford photoshop.

  43. this is the worst video ive ever seen and my nephew can help you he's 6 by the way so get a new job this is so trash


  45. I like to use Canva too! It is an awesome tool! Great explanation and graphic demonstration.

  46. Only great speakers are as fluent as you are and so perfect.
    How do you do that? Do you practice a lot?
    The video is so great.

  47. created a graphic and saved it but how do I know where to find it? also how do I create a NEW graphic without adding on to the original?

  48. Very helpful! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  49. having a hard time dealing with this kind of platform

  50. awesome I liked keep on

  51. this is the very informtiove video… to get the information about canva in hindi visit this

  52. Great tutorial. Thank you!

  53. Hi David,
    Indeed this is an informative class. Though I have been using Canva for some time, this post helped me to know more on creating images for my web/blog pages. @ I just subscribed and waiting for the next class.
    Keep sharing.
    Best Regards.
    ~ Philip

  54. Hi David! congrats for the amazing review and great content. Could you kindly have look at Flimbo? we are a design web app with free icons, photos and templates! Feel free to do a review πŸ˜‰

  55. Great review! Thank you!

  56. Hey David,

    Thank you for a awesome video.! Do you have any ide why canva, make kaos in the text and it translate the text into english??
    Kindly regards Suzann

  57. you should try πŸ™‚

  58. Thanks so much. This is an awesome tool!

  59. Hi Teacher David! Thank you so much for this great tutorial! It helps me a lot! πŸ™‚

  60. Join Me To Create Thumbnails

  61. Absolutely fantastic tutorial thank you.

  62. Thank you for this tutorial it did help with other videos for my project

  63. David is this the only site yu recommend for free prof. graphics? can I create thumbnails with this program?

  64. I recently discovered Canvas. Thank you 4 sharing.

  65. i made an image on canva and don't know how to dowload it to my computer or pinterest.Can anyone help please?

  66. i don't have a download button on my screen, am i on the wrong page?

  67. thank u for sharing

  68. Awesome tutorial you just have another subscriber. It was so educational. Thanks alot

  69. I have a problem, when I go to put a picture on the "paper", I zoom in, the picture goes out of focus, this is annoying, because I am trying to make a quality picture for my bros quality music. PLS help

  70. I still need help

  71. That was really helpful man,, Thank you

  72. It was helpful, and all, but where did you get the premade text layouts? When I used it, I didn’ see any of that.

  73. Love your tutorial. so easy to understand. Good Job

  74. Hay….. Broo…

    Can i use canva make a colase for wedding

    How too make a wedding colase

    And we must how many must pay for use all akses for crative tolls in canva

    An where i can consultation for using canva tutorian in bahasa indonesia

    Thank before

  75. amazing tutorial…if anybody wants to go through blogs and written lesson…log in to

  76. Man, thanks so much for this quick tutorial David. I have been creating flyers from scratch in pwpt and word for ever!!

  77. Can someone please explain to me? Please… English not my first language so it is kinda difficult to understand terms and use written in English. My question is just like this: I am designing a book (not only cover, but all of the pages in it). I use so many free images from canva (and also images with little crown sign on it). I already purchase For Work billing per month. So, if i finish designing my book and print it out for like 1000 copies, is it legal or illegal for me to sell books with images from Canva in it? Since I already paid Canva per month (For Work option) so I think it should be legal to use its images to sell my books, right? Thank you

  78. How do you move the finished image to another pg like FB etc?

  79. Fantastic, it was.

  80. Canva is a superπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ site
    I used it on my phone. Thanks for this informative video πŸ‘πŸ‘

  81. Hi,
    Simply loved watching your video…
    Is there an option to set a border to the image?
    What is the size of an image that should be posted for a blog?

    Uday P.

  82. how make ran online graphic design i will need tutorial

  83. How to share your designs to whatsapp or other social media sites from mobile phone?

  84. Thank you for this tutorial.

  85. As always, thanks for a great video, keep up the good work!

  86. can I create a weather sence with people with canva

  87. Amazing tutorial. These unique options aren't on the mobile APP. πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

  88. Nice and simple tutorial. How about one for Pixteller and see how it stands?

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