You have a vision, and Canva is here to live it. Turn the idea into a minutes-long design with this step-by-step design lesson from scratch at Canva. Let’s use canva Pro.
Canva templates offer shortcuts to beautiful design: fully customizable, so you can change colors, images, and more to suit your taste. We have received tens of thousands of templates for all construction needs.
But sometimes you need something completely customized. How do you make sure what you are creating looks really good?
In this article, you will read:
- How to create a design from scratch using Canva
- Quick tips for making your designs look good
- Choose the size of your design
- How to create a background for your design
- How to add text, pictures, and more
- Watch the video to see for yourself how easy it is to design from scratch at Canva.
Design Tip: Draw a rough outline of your design on paper before you start. It can help you live your vision. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Think about what you would like to include in the construction, and where it would look good.
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1. Choose the right size for your design
To get started, select your design type on the Canva homepage. This is set to the correct size for each image, whether it’s a social media post, flyer, or more. Or you can use the custom size by searching for “custom size”. You can choose from pixels, millimeters, or inches.
2. Select a Background
The background of your design can be a color or an image.
Constructive Tip: Different colors tell different stories. For example, Purple is associated with independence, orange is associated with work, and green creates natural images. Think about which colors are best for your needs. Find the perfect color combination with our color palette tool.
Of course, you can always use a white background too.
To select a color, use the Color Picker toolbar in toolbar above the editor.
To use an image as a background, first, add a grid. Once placed on a grid, images can be resized, recorded, investigated, and designed to create visual effects.
Next, search for photos or upload your own. Then drag and drop your image onto the grid: it will quickly fit.
You can add filters to change the brightness, fullness, and clarity of the image. This can be helpful when placing text and objects.
Design Tip: You can add background images or add photos to your design.
The background image supports the content message. When there is a lot going on in the background, it is difficult to cover things like text or images. When choosing a wallpaper for your design, consider the texture of the structure. You can crop photos to get texture packs that will work best – this way you can remove any space or features in the images that create the most noise.
Feature image focuses on your design: this image stays on top of the sequence of visual effects. Use a single, or cell-divided grid to use smart images and help your content sing.
The image below uses a grid to measure the visual magnitude of the design. The user’s eye is drawn to the image.
3. Add Required Elements
Your design can include text, thumbnails, pictures, or images. This needs to be integrated in an attractive way.
The first tip is to keep it simple. Do not load your design with too many items, as you may confuse the visual message of the image. This is what designers call a visible successor, which includes the arrangement of objects according to their value. Try playing with size, color, and placement to see what works best.
If you want to add an image to your design, try using one of the Canva frames. You can find it under “element” in the side panel.
Design Tip: Bind the power of negative space. Negative space, also known as white space, can be any space within a design that has no text, pictures, or ornaments (it doesn’t have to be actually white). Designers love it because it can help create collections, add emphasis and improve readability.
4. Select the appropriate fonts
The appearance of your fonts can have a profound effect on your design.
Canva recommends that you never use more than two fonts in construction, as too many fonts make the design look “dirty”.
You will want to choose compatible fonts, which add visual interest while working well together. You can learn more about which fonts look good with the pairing tips.
Canva has hundreds of pre-set combinations to choose from. You can find it in the text tab on the sidebar.
Or you can create your own combination. Also, the simplest is the best: if you choose a font with many features, make sure you pair it with a simple font so that your design fits. Canva’s Font Combination tool can help, and traditional combinations such as sans serif font and serif font can be very powerful.
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Design Tip: The Typographic management position establishes the order of importance given to various building materials. By using different fonts, color and scale in your text, you can significantly change the way your message is received.
You do not have to study for hundreds of hours to master the construction or to use canva pro. However, like most things in life, you will get better at getting used to it, so don’t be discouraged if your original design doesn’t come outright. Instead, keep practicing and keep creating. You will create beautiful, polished images quickly.