3 Ways to Use Canva for Presentations

3 ways to use canvaHave you heard of Canva yet?  Canva has been making its rounds through social media and causing quite a stir with its newest Kindle cover and Google+ Header design.   Canva is a FREE image design tool for blog posts, social media posts, and more!  Canva has many designs that have precise dimensions needed for each social media platform and other awesome designs.  Canva actually has a design just for presentations.

Now if you’re a PowerPoint, Keynote or a Slideshare person you’re going to definitely like Canva.

PowerPoint and Keynote templates can get old and if you’re looking to customize your templates for your business or organization Canva may work for you.

Canva.Start a new designIt’s so exciting to see so many new designs. I’m a Canva geek, what can I say….

At Canva, when you click on the Presentation design you’ll see the presentation layouts on the left of the live preview of your creation, which has a bundle of fresh looking designs.Canva.criss.cross  Remember when you see the criss-cross pattern on an image they are $1.oo but you don’t have to use that image they provide. You can upload your own and use the design set-up.

When you create your design and get it to the point of awesomeness for a PowerPoint or Keynote template then click on Link & Publish. This is where you can save it as a .png.


When you’re ready to use it in PowerPoint, choose a blank slide and insert your photo (Canva creation).  Do a Save As to keep it as a PowerPoint template.  It’s that EASY!

Keynote (for Macs)

Keynote is a presentation app just for Macs, just in case you’re a PC user.

When you’re ready to use your design in Keynote, choose a blank slide and click on Media to insert your Canva creation. Click on Save and name it as your template.


Now this is where Canva is super-awesome for presentations. SlideShare is where you can upload your own presentations without the animation and sound.  It’s all about the content.  Since the animation and sound will not transfer to SlideShare from PowerPoint or Keynote, Canva is an excellent resource to create the entire presentation.  I’ve already done a couple of presentations completely in Canva and here are my tips to help you.

First of all, why do you want to have your presentations uploaded to SlideShare?

SlideShare is a leading professional content sharing community and LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. SlideShare and LinkedIn have now joined forces, which makes them an elite alliance that can’t be ignored. As a professional, business, or organization, the presentations you create can now be linked to your LinkedIn profile as a portfolio item.  Also SlideShare has 29 million unique monthly visitors.  If you want to be heard and display your knowledge then you need to upload your presentations to SlideShare.

In Canva, choose the Presentation design and search out the design layouts to see what will be your best title layout. This is VERY important.  The first slide design is all people will see on SlideShare and it has to be visually appealing to get clicked on. You should use an amazing photo and a great title.  If you didn’t get a chance to see my post on How to Use Canva Like a Pro, I have some great links to photo sites that are mostly free.

Once you have your title slide awesome looking then you use the toolbar on the right of your live preview of your slide.  Here’s how it looks.

Canva slide tool

I call it my slide tool, not sure if there is an official name for this toolbar but hey this is my Canva creation universe.  This toolbar let’s you know what page number you’re on, the option to move your slide up or down, copy the slide, and delete the slide.  The copy option will be your best friend.  Use it to create your next slide.  If you find that you skipped a step in your slide, you can always move it up or down for placement.

Slide Tips:

  1. Use cool photos as much as possible but make it relevant. Don’t show me a WonderWoman photo and you’re talking about snails. That would be a bummer.
  2. Don’t stuff your slide. Meaning keep it simple and don’t put a ton of information on one slide.
  3. Do NOT use transparency on any of your Canva images for SlideShare.  I learned that the hard way!  During the conversion on SlideShare’s end, it doesn’t understand it and renders funny looking.  You know my tip on my How to Use Canva Like a Pro post, use transparency for your web address or logo.  Don’t use the tip for SlideShare, it will be shown upside down.
  4. Always on the last slide, place your web address or any links in the CENTER of the slide.  If you place the links anywhere else, they won’t be clickable.
  5. Once completed, click on Link & Publish to save it as a PDF.

Create an account on SlideShare by using your LinkedIn or Facebook account and start uploading.  If your presentation is more than 10 slides take note that it could be a good 30 minutes for upload.

SlideShare is great to get your knowledge out to the world. It’s definitely worth putting content about your business or organization into presentations and sharing it on SlideShare and essentially LinkedIn.  Here are a some of my favorite SlideShare people that may be of interest or inspiration to you.

Beth Kanter, Non-Profit Guru-


Fit Small Business –


Damon Nofar, Marketing/Design –


Buffer – http://www.slideshare.net/Bufferapp

Using Canva is EASY, fun, and a unique spin on presentations. Give it a try and let me know how you like it or if you didn’t like it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here’s an example of my last SlideShare completely done with Canva.

Take care,

Lillian De Jesus


    • says

      Yay Rachel! A fellow Canva lover, LOVE IT!

      Okay I checked out your article on making a GIF from a Canva design… that is awesome. You’ve got the wheels turning in my brain for more awesomeness. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing,

        • Lillian De Jesus says

          Hey welcome back Rachel!

          It certainly has changed, for the better. I’m jamming out as many articles on Canva to let entrepreneurs know what a fascinating tool it is for business.

          Take care,

  1. Eric Troy says

    Oh, my, Lily. I know this is an old post but you helped me a lot by explaining this transparency problem on canva to Slideshare. It was driving me crazy. I couldn’t fathom why in the world certain images were reversed. This included things I didn’t even think of as images, such as little ribbon banners with text that canva provides. Thanks!

    • Lillian De Jesus says

      Hi Eric!

      Haha! I know… it was driving me flipping nuts. I finally figured it out after a couple of uploads to SlideShare. Glad that note was good news for you. No, you’re not crazy! LOL 😉

      Take care,

  2. says

    Canva is a popular platform for presentations and it’s nice to hear you find it so useful. Your tip about the layout and title could prove especially useful.

  3. says

    Hi, I am totally agreed with your post.
    Canva is very flexible, easy and active with which a business PowerPoint presentation can be created, shared and moreover, we can easily keep the audience engaged.

  4. says

    Thanks for the tips. I am trying to get my Canva preso to display on Powerpoint for my BNI presentation tomorrow. Do I have to save individual JPG file as I cant see “Save As” Ppt option in my Canva login?

    • Lillian De Jesus says

      Hi Amit,

      I hope you were able to figure this out. Sorry I didn’t see this comment until late. You do have to save your Canva presentation as a JPG and individually upload as images to the PPT.

      Let me know if you have any questions for future presentations.



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