Using Canva Templates

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  1. Create or customize graphic design templates
  2. How to Use and Customize a Canva Template
  3. How to Create Your Own Canva Design Templates
  4. How to Make a Simple Copy of Canva Design

Create or customize graphic design templates

Canva is a complete graphic design tool that allows you to create invitations, flyers, social media images and more on one platform. To make designing even easier, regardless of your skill level, Canva gives you access to a wide variety of design templates and the ability to create and customize your own templates.

Some of the template options Canva offers for individuals and freelancers include:

  • Logos

  • posters

  • leaflets

  • Messages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

  • Presentations

  • Postcards and invitations

  • A4 documents and stationery

  • menu

  • brochures

To get started with Canva, you must first sign up for a free account. Once you sign in, you’ll see your home screen packed with interesting and useful templates to choose from.

How to Use and Customize a Canva Template

Canva’s home screen shows all your past designs, designs shared with you, and access to a trash can to delete old designs you no longer need. Also on the home page you will find all the available Canva templates for creating new designs.

  1. To start, use the template slider to scroll through the available templates until you find one that fits your design needs. Or use the search bar at the top of your homepage to find a template.

  2. Once you’ve found the template you want to use, select it to open the design screen.

    To really personalize your design, choose: custom sizes on the left side of the home screen to choose your own width and height for your design.

  3. From here you can start customizing and creating. Select on the left side of the screen Templates † You will see a menu of other design templates to choose from to start your design. To use any of these options, drag and drop it onto a blank template.

  4. To change any of the design elements, select them to open the toolbar at the top of the design screen. You can delete elements, change their color, font, etc.

  5. When you’re happy with your design, upload it or select House in the top left corner of the screen to return to the main page.

How to Create Your Own Canva Design Templates

There are many reasons why you might want to create your own Canva design templates. For example, it’s helpful to have a template if you want to create social media posts every week instead of creating them every time. Or maybe you want to create different versions of your logo for later use.

Before you create your own templates from an existing design, you should at least create a Canva folder to store them.

  1. To create a Canva folder, go to your home screen and select folders in the menu on the left.

  2. Then select Create new on the right side of the screen. Enter a folder name and choose whether to share your folder with someone else.

    Give your folder a specific name that is easy to understand to keep your projects organized. You can even create multiple folders for different templates, such as social media templates or blog templates.

  3. Select Create a folder † This will open your new folder and show you a list of all your folders on the left side of the screen.

    Have you decided you want to share your template folder? Select Part in the top right corner of your folder’s home screen.

  4. Find the design you want to use as your future template from your list on the home page and drag it into the folder on the left side of the screen. Open a new folder and your design is ready to use.

    You can also choose: ellipses in your design, then select Move to folder

  5. When you are ready to create a template from a design, select it to open the design information window. On the right, select: Use as template and Canva opens the design as a copy. Now you can make the necessary changes.

Be sure to rename your new design. Check the box to the right of “Update” in the toolbar at the top of the design screen.

How to Make a Simple Copy of Canva Design

If you just want to copy an existing design without creating a template, you can do it easily from the home screen.

Find the design you want to copy, select ellipses in the corner of the image, then select Make a copy † Canva duplicates the design without opening a new design screen.

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