Non-Profit Organizations, Small business

3 Helpful Tips to Use Canva Design Templates

helpful tips to canva designsCanva has numerous design templates to choose from for the most popular social media platforms and business designs. Canva makes it SUPER easy to pick out what dimension is best. If you do choose the wrong size for a platform it can become an undesirable result therefore making your business look unprofessional. Take advantage of the design templates.

I first started using Canva in January of this year. I was fascinated with the easy to use templates and at the time there were maybe 5 available.  They recently placed a bunch of new ones out to make it easier for customers.  When chatting with Hazel from Canva’s Customer Happiness Team, I found they are just getting started.  Canva is constantly working on new templates.  By the way, their customer service is exemplary.  When you email them they will get back to you within 24 hours.

As you may know from my previous posts, you can create presentations completely with Canva.  You can check out the tips on how to use Canva for presentations here.  Also here’s How to Use Canva Like a Pro for more tips for creating great images.

Here are 3 tips on using the best design template:

  1. Don’t waste time on custom dimensions when there is a template readily available.
  2. Use custom dimensions of 880 x 440 pixels for Twitter & Google+ posts.
  3. Design your own business card

Start a Design with these super easy templates.

Canva.Start a new design

 

 

 

Specific Designs Per Social Media Platform

(Remember they are just getting started, so there’s MORE to come.)

  • Google+ Header
  • Facebook Cover
  • Kindle Cover
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter Header
  • Facebook Ad
  • Facebook Post
  • Facebook App

General Designs

  • Social Media
  • Presentation
  • Poster
  • Blog Graphic
  • Document (A4)
  • Card
  • Photo Collage
  • Business Card
  • Invitation

Custom Dimensions

There is the option to use custom dimensions, which is terrific.  The only time I use this feature is for Twitter posts. If you don’t have the right dimensions, your photo will be cut off and it’s not appealing.

Example:

Canva.cutoff

I used the blog graphic template which was great for my blog but NOT for Twitter. BUMMER!

Here’s a great cheat sheet for dimensions of images on all the social media platforms. Size matters!

Business Card Design

Canva has a variety of business card designs to take advantage of.  Once you have your design set and publish it as a .png you can download it to your favorite business card company like Moo or Vistaprint.

If you ever get stuck on how to design your image, Canva has plenty of design tutorials right on their website. Check them out here. When you sign up to Canva they email you the tutorials, which are in 3 easy steps and fun.

I did create a video tutorial on how to use Canva if you want to check it out. It has some helpful tips.

Canva is a great tool for designing images that are FREE and easy to use. You don’t have to be a professional designer and if I can do it you can too. I love Canva and I like the fact that small businesses and non-profits can gain from it.

Are you a Canva fan? What do you like most about it?

Take care,

Lillian De Jesus

 

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