How to use our templates in Canva
Your step-by-step guide to unlock the Secrets of Canva
We chose Canva as the platform for our templates because it is the best free graphic design software online. In addition to your device, all you need is a working internet connection and a free Canva account. You can create a Canva account for free here.
In this guide you will learn how to:
- How to open our templates
- How to find your templates
- How to edit templates
- How to download templates
- How to duplicate a template
- How to organize your templates
- Useful resources to help you improve your design skills, tutorials, and inspirational websites
- Canva shortcuts and time-saving hacks to streamline your design process
Let’s get started!
How to open our templates in Canva
After subscribing for a plan, you are able to browse our full catalog of templates and open templates in the Canva.
“Open in Canva” button will take you to the Canva website, where you will be asked to create an account or log in. After logging in to Canva, click on the ‘Use template’ link to start using our templates.
How to find templates in Canva
You can easily find the templates you bought by logging in to Canva and clicking on the ‘All your designs’ link.
How to edit templates in Canva
After opening the template, you can edit it by clicking (or pressing) on any visible element. Clicking on an element opens a menu where you can, depending on the element, resize, rotate, or change its color to your liking.
How to download templates from Canva
At the top you will find the Download link that opens the adjustment menu.
In the adjustment menu, you change the format (recommended format for social media is .JPG) and you can compress the image to a smaller size (handy for online). Select then the pages you want to download and press the Download button.
How to duplicate template in Canva
When making radical changes to a template, it is a good idea to have a backup around. You can duplicate a template by clicking on the ••• icon on a design, and selecting the “Make a copy” option.
Your copy will be named after the original and you’ll find it after you refresh the page.
How to organize files in Canva
It is also important to be organized; when there are hundreds of templates, it’s a good idea to create folders to help you keep on track of your designs.
To create a folder in Canva:
- From the homepage, click ‘All your folders’ link on the sidebar
- Click ‘Create new folder’ button on the top right corner
- Name it and you’re ready to go
To move content to folder:
- Go to‘All your designs’
- Hover your cursor over the design, and click on the ••• icon
- Select ‘Move to folder’ and choose the folder you just crea
All your social media templates are done for you, and with the same theme, text, and photos, you can quickly build a beautiful profile. But in case you want to play around and learn more about Canva and graphic design, we have created a list of valuable resources for you:
Canva Design School: Canva’s official learning platform offers courses, tutorials, and resources to help you master design
Canva Blog: The Canva blog provides insights, design tips, and trends on social media design and branding.
Canva YouTube Channel: Canva’s official YouTube channel offers step-by-step tutorials and design inspiration.
Canva Color Palette Generator: Use this tool to generate a color palette for your designs based on an image or a color you choose.
Canva Font Combinations: Canva’s font combination tool helps you choose the perfect font pairing for your designs.
Google Fonts: Google Fonts offers a wide selection of free fonts that you can use in your designs.
Instagram: Follow design accounts on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest design trends and get inspiration for your designs.
Graphic Design Essentials by Hubspot: https://academy.hubspot.com/courses/graphic-design
Design with Canva: Learn how to use Canva to grow your business while having fun with Ronny & Diana. They publish two new videos every week.
Time-saving Canva shortcuts
Work smarter, not harder.
Did you know that memorizing just a few Canva keyboard shortcuts saves time while designing social media templates?!
Here are some of our favorite shortcuts that have helped to work more efficiently while designing in Canva:
- Copy: Cmd/Ctrl + C
- Paste: Cmd/Ctrl + V
- Add a text box: T key
- Bold text: Cmd/ctrl + B
- Italicized text: Cmd/ctrl + I
- Underline text: Cmd/Ctrl + U
- Increase font size: Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + >
- Decrease font size: Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + <
- Copy text style: Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Alt + C
- Paste text style: Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Alt + V
- Convert text to uppercase: Cmd/ctrl + Shift + K
- Align text to the left: Cmd/ctrl + shift + L
- Align text to the right: Cmd/ctrl + shift + R
- Align text in the center: Cmd/ctrl + shift + C
- Group elements: Cmd/Ctrl + G
- Ungroup elements: Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + G
- Select all elements: Cmd/ctrl + A
- Deselect element: ESC key
- Delete element: Delete key
- Send elements backward: Cmd/ctrl + [
- Send elements forward: Cmd/ctrl + ]
- Send elements to back: Cmd/ctrl +Option/Alt + [
- Send elements to front: Cmd/ctrl + Option/Alt + ]
- Add a line to your template: L key
- Add a rectangle to your template: R key
- Add a circle to your template: C key
- Constrain proportions while resizing: Shift + Drag Corners
- Scale element relative to its center point: Alt + Drag Side Handles
- Zoom in on your template: Cmd/ctrl + “+”
- Zoom out of your template: Cmd/ctrl + “-”
- Zoom 100%: Cmd/ctrl + 0
- Zoom to fit: Cmd/ctrl + Option/Alt + 0
- Undo an action: Cmd/ctrl + Z
- Redo an action: Cmd/ctrl + Shift + Z
- Select multiple elements: Shift + Click
If you want to find more about Canva shortcuts, feel free to visit their blog post: https://www.canva.com/learn/canva-shortcuts-infographic/