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Canva: Basic Graphic Design Theory - Tips and Tricks

29 Indigo Academy, Graphic Design Training

Canva: Basic Graphic Design Theory - Tips and Tricks

29 Indigo Academy, Graphic Design Training

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17 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Typography and font pairing

    • 2. Typography 2

    • 3. Using icons effectively

    • 4. Organising the dashboard

    • 5. Sharing designs

    • 6. Adding links

    • 7. Upgrading to Canva for Work

    • 8. Brand Colours

    • 9. Custom filter codes

    • 10. Colour codes

    • 11. Shortcuts 1

    • 12. Shortcuts 2

    • 13. Adding shadows to text

    • 14. Text masking

    • 15. Complimentary colour scheme

    • 16. Analogous colour scheme

    • 17. Monochromatic colour scheme

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About This Class

In this class, we will cover some basic graphic design theory, and I will show you some tips and tricks within Canva to help your work stand out.

Using these tips and tricks, your designs will really pop, and you'll get a really professional finish to all of your work.

We will cover areas such as:

  • Typography and font pairing
  • Lines and Spacing
  • Shortcuts and quick tricks
  • Text masking
  • Basic colour theory

These key skills can help take your graphic designs to the next level.

Canva has all the tools you need to produce fantastic, professional results, every time.

So enroll now, and I'll speak to you soon.

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Hi, my name's Jamie Smith, and I'm a designer, web entrepreneur and teacher. I'm the founder of 29 Indigo Design Academy, which I set up to teach graphic design skills to beginners and those with no formal design training. I work on many different design projects, both for my own business and as a freelancer for artists and business all over the world - I have created album covers, picture books and illustrations, marketing materials, websites, book covers, logos and much more. I love design, and I'm really excited to be teaching here on Skillshare. Please check out my courses, and I hope to speak to you soon.

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1. Typography and font pairing: Okay, So in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at some typography, some basic typography and some fun pairing ideas, things you can do with your text that will have a really nice effect. Now, when you're looking through all of the templates, this has already been done for you. So someone who's designed these templates has thought about the typography. What about the fonts that I used the size things like that? So you could go ahead and just use what they've given to you already. But if you want to put in your own text, here are a few ideas. So first, let's use a template. Let's go for this one. Nice image in the background and some nice text. Don't fear the uncharted. A case of what they've done here. They basically got a bold it front for the headline, which is uncharted and in non bold above it, which is like the subheading, the subpart don't fear the uncharted is the main part. So number one is use bold and non bold together. The next thing we could think about is the alignment. So these are both aligned inside the same space of a D and the U A line on the E and the deity And here a line. So what you could do is have a goat spacing them out more so I can click on this one Luck and grandpa here on what I can do is come to spacing, choose letter spacing and actually just stretch the word out. So there we go. We have now we've got one much more stretched on the other. You could also have a good changing the size of this one's quite large so we could move that down. Right? But now the uncharted is the key word that you're noticing. But maybe space that out as far as we can get every day we could do something like that. We could make this, uh, slightly in so that it it's equal. Now they've used one foreign font for Don't fear the on. They use a different form for uncharted. So we could we'll find out what this one is. This one is railway. So we could change this one to railway again. Some fronts you able to bold some points, don't some you can tell us Awesome. You can't. So again we could make that bigger or if we wanted to keep it similar, we could try changing the color. So straight away again, we maybe need to space that slightly narrower. So that fits in again. There we go. We've got the same fund, which is one fun for the whole thing. Except we've got one larger on one now in color. We could keep the same idea, but instead we could change this front. Maybe something like that. And then we could this time we could tell a size it so you could have the telling the italics. So is tilted. Don't fear the uncharted again. You've got this without the italics. This with the italics. Next thing we could change is we could have the uncharted in capitals and we could have this part lower case. See you. Well, that phone won't work, so let's make sure we cheers. Okay? Shoot Yuh the uncharted. So again we could Maybe now that we're using the lower case and upper case, we could bring that a little bit closer together and trying to center that up a little bit so again that we've got capitals on non capitals. That's one other little technique you can use. Another idea within from pairing is to pair a like a block Capitals like this, but with a hand written fund for this part here. So let's try. Seems wrong. We could go with something like that's trying click in the box. It is not by easy to read, so let's just try and try a few out. Hard to read that one as well. But find one that might work well, something like That's not really hand written. Let's try something like that. Don't fear the uncharted. So again, you've got a solid a formal fund with a more of 100 and fun above that works well as another idea you could use. You could also have a look alignment. So we click on this. Let's go back to something like that. Now, what we could do is make this 20 from bigger Steinitz just symptoms. Now with this one. Rather than having in the center, we could align it to the left. So now again, this one centered. This one's aligned to the left. Okay, so you can do you can align. You can line to the right. I don't think that would look as good. But you can play around. Have a go with your alignment. Doesn't always have to be sent. It could be something like that again. You can use tall and short funds. And now you can see these letters are very tall. And these letters are quite short in comparison. So tall and short as well as bold and slimmer. So for this one again, we could go back to something like that, make it smaller against. So you've got really thick font here against Finn Font. So there's a lot different manners of things you can do with that is go back to, uh, I think we were using railway. Let's try something else. Something like work nicely. Okay, so that's what you want to do with your fonts when you're adding in your own text, the ones in the templates already done for you and you'll notice one. Once you think about things like this, are they bold, bold. One match with non bold etcetera. You'll notice it's used all through these templates, such as this one. Here. Dreams don't work unless you do the same fun except you've got the white in dreams and the rest of the Texas in black. You got this one here in just about. See coffee O clock again, bold and non bold. And you see, You see that although through all of the funds and all of the text, So also, just have a little go have a play around try some of these ideas out to create some really nice looking designs. 2. Typography 2: We also want to think about how lines are used with text and typography. So I've picked this template is an example. Explore and discover so you can see they've got the front that's all in white, these one color only they've got explore and discover in block capital Bold. They got the link word Andi in a hand written front so it links the two. You can see that explore discover the key words that we're looking at there also using these lines to almost a frame the text. Okay, so this have a little play around and see what we can do with lines Teoh at an effect. So the first thing we could do with this one is try changing these lines or something else . Perhaps we could delete the word in the middle and we could have a guy moving these about, so maybe we could put something in between the two of them. So let's go to elements. Let's find lines. We've got this cross hat line so like a wavy line might look good. So let's bring that one in in between the two, maybe a little large so we can just bring it down. Think about the wits. Something I got you can. Something in between the two would work nicely. Perhaps we can have a go here changing this into a different color so we could have a guy changing that same with this one and pick it up. Avago changing up something like that, breaking up the text. So you've got explore instead of having me and we can have a line in between. We don't like that one. Perhaps we could try something more solid. Solid lines always work Well, can't we could change this color too much. This we could do something basic like that. We could have a girl, maybe deleting those replacing them with maybe like a dotted line Squares shrink from town . Could be something like that century. Okay? And again, we could change the color. We could again have another dotted line above, so I kind watching that can. And we could spend some time just making sure there or equal it. Make sure the purple lines come up with every cut. It's very tight. So we want to use the zoom function. You know, you put that in there and change the color up There's plenty things you can do with lines to give a nice little frame to your text. If this one's a bit wide, we could bring that in. Then we could have a guy maybe using the shape, maybe make that blank. Maybe, but oh, food shouldn't get down. Nor is it sent it. Okay, something that would work. We could even make the circle or transparent like so. So with the text, you wanna have a play around, used the lines, use the shapes to have a really nice effect with your fonts and typography. One final thing to know is, of course, the choice of font can influence. You know, people's perception off the work on what you want to put across the people. So, for example, if I go to layouts, I'll choose something like this. It's replaced that Take me to the beach and he's got this kind of hand written front here that works great for, like a beach scene like a you know, happy holidays type type thing. But you wouldn't want that in a formal setting. If you're doing a formal piece of work or like a like a newspaper article, you wouldn't choose 100 and fund like that. So it works well here with, for example, the beach so closed up. If you were doing something more formal, like, you know, the times wouldn't work. So you could, of course, use more of a serif font. Something like times New Roman now. Okay, so you can see just by changing the front. Obviously, we want this background backgrounds make a big impression as well. You could have the times again, the colors with that pink color that looks less for more to make it more form. What? We're gonna be looking for you, black generally times. Okay, We can maybe delete some of these items case. And now we're looking more formalized. So there the serif fonts, the the service of these little flicks at the end of the letters. Okay, you can do a sans serif font. That means without the serifis, such as a popular one is something like Ariel. We use something like that. So the san serif very, quite easy to read. So if you're going for a formal approach, I would suggest something with serious something like times New Roman. And you know, if you go for something like holiday snaps. Like you're saying Happy holidays. Today's pretty something with maybe an exclamation mark in there that would work a lot better in your more informal funds. Something like that or something hand written such as Once you've looked at four, such as this one Happy holidays. So it depends what you're going for. A more informal look. You want to go for maybe something hand written more for more. You want to either go for a sans serif block fund like Ariel or something with the serious , like times New Roman. 3. Using icons effectively: So in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at using the icons and how we can use icons to produce very simple yet very effective designs in camber. So I've just got a blank color as my background on what we're gonna do is we're gonna make a very simple design is using a few of these icons that are available in the elements. So I thought we'd have a gut maybe making something for, like, a sailing holiday, something like that. And I come down to my icons and I find this boat here, So I'm gonna click on that. That brings that that. So what we can do with this is we can resize it. We can move it about so I could make that nice and large, like so maybe make it go off the page quite nice sometimes to have him coming off the page like that so I could use a nice, great big icon. And then why can there is change the color. So the color here the icon is this dark color. However, what I want to do his mix it up so I can click Click the card that gives it the same color as the background. But then I can come in to my color wheel. I could just make it a little bit darker, so I choose the same color as the background on it. Too dark. That's when it's subtle. So I could have it something like that and click off. And they were having a nice yellow sandy color background and then this ship. But with this slightly darker background, I once I've done that, I might want to add a little bit of text to my design. So for this I might choose one of these nice design text pieces rather than standard text. So something like that, my work could bring that in. Maybe minute. Yes, shrink that little bit going out there. And I want to call this maybe something like, Ah, sailing holidays. Obviously that funds no good. You can't really read that. So let's change that. Something like that might seem clear again. We're thinking about colors that stands out. We don't want to stand out too much so we can come in. Let's have a go it changing that to one of our colors. Unlike a color, perhaps, but then you can play around with these, Maybe have it like that. So it's pretty much see through again. The outside could have that darker, something simple like that. Again, with the text, you may want to keep it white could bring that into a darker color that's quite hard to read. So let's bring it back out to For whites. It stands out a little bit. And then what we can do is maybe coming and find a fume or icons that would work well so we'll come back to elements. I have my ship so something like this ship's wheel would work. Well, bring that down. Go underneath my design. Something like that. Now that we've got that color, that might work well, here, maybe use that same with this one. I could stand now and potentially without as well. And of course you can. But you're in text in moving about, change things up. A simple kind of design like that. We work nicely. You've got your information. This side, if you want to, just fills a large piece of space. You don't put a photo in. You haven't got a really big designed to put in the icons can work really well. If you have him just subtle like this and they're finally you can actually scroll down in your icons on. They have some really nice social media buttons such as this are here. So I mean, you could put in your Facebook or Twitter. We could add those in, so something like this could coming off Facebook, we could shrink that down. Could put that over in the corner again. We want to think about our colors. So let's use our document colors on. Let's go for a light again. Something simple like that. But the face but logo We could do the same. Maybe one of these C three ones. Threat. Somehow. Bring that in again. We can change the color to a document car. So there we go. You can put your social media icons in. You can fill large amounts of space with very simple icons. That makes you very simple designs, but very good, high quality, catchy designs 4. Organising the dashboard: Okay, So in this video, we want to have a look at how you can organize your work and your workflow just to make things easier for yourself. So we're here in the main dashboard and as you can see here, all of the designs a lot of designs we've been working on in this course things have made such a czar YouTube thumbnails. Here are book covers on their all mixed up here on the dashboard. Now, sometimes you might notice you get things like this. I've been seeing this income for quite recently. It's a save generating preview, and this one is here. Saved, generating preview. But it has actually brought up the icon. Now, sometimes it just it takes a little bit longer to bring up the icons in your dashboard. I'm not sure why. I hope it's something that can, but we're working on to improve soon because it is a little bit irritating when you want to see all of your designs. And there that kind of blurred out here in the background. But you can, um, ended them still, even if they're not completely previous. So, for example, this was our Twitter header. We can still edit that being click on it, bring us back up and we can work on that. And it edited here. I'm up here. We can rename it, so we just call it Twitter. But I might call it something like sell on Twitter had a like that done. And then you could just give it if that on, then that was here. Um, if I reload all my design, there we go. That's brought back up. So you can see we've now changed the title to sell on Twitter header on the pictures actually come back in now so you can see the preview there. So once you have all of your work inside can, for what we can do is add new folders and organize them inside folders. Now with the free plan, camera only gives you two folders you can create to organize. If you want more than two folders, you're going to have to come down here and upgrade to the business plan. But as this is a beginner's course, we're not going to be talking about how to upgrade into the business plan in this course. So what will Come on, do It's It's add a new folder. So click one here. Let's call this one. For example. Social Media. I've got two folds now. New designs and social media. I can rename these. Um, on. What I might want to do is put all of my social media bits of design into this folder. So something like this I can click. I contract across. Good. And you can see down here that has now been tagged in social media. So I could find this was my Facebook cover. Let's put that into social media. Um, if there's anything else we want to do. So we wanted to put our surf holiday we made into social that was gonna be posted on social media. We can put that in here case, all of your work to go into that folder is all tagged here. So you know which folders it's in. And then if you actually come to this folder, you be able to find all of the work you created under that topic right there. If we go back to your designs, can't We can't. Of course, click on there. We're coming here and we can have removed from social media, so we could move it out of this folder. It's gone. Anything we don't want, we could move to trash, so something like this wasn't very good. That is just for an example. Earlier, we could get rid of this. We could move it to trash. You could always make a copy of something. If you want to try new ideas out. If you want to keep the original say, I like the album cover, I want to keep it. I might make a copy of that comes up here, which means I can now open that one up. I could change the colors. Change fonts. I'm not worried about losing what I did in my original version here, so there's a few ideas of how you can go about organizing your work and your workflow on your main dashboard. 5. Sharing designs: in this video, we're going to look at other ways you can share your designs both within can ver on with other people and through your social media. So if you come to your main dashboard, what you might notice is down at the bottom. You've got one here, get designed inspirations. If we click on that, that takes us through here to some can for designs. Now these are all designs created by other people who have decided to share them with the can for community so you can see there's loads and loads of designs. These are the names of the people who made them, and you can actually like different peoples designs, and you can actually comment on them as well. So you know, if you're interested in commenting or liking other people's designs, it is good to come in here and just have a look at what other people are doing. But you can also share your own designs if you want to, with can va. So let's have a go at doing that. Let's go back to order designs. Let's pick a design. Let's go for this one are covers one, and once that comes up normally. What we do is we come over to download. I'm Actually, there are two other options to share on this make public. So if I slide over to make public, that design is now available for other people to view on camera and to like, etcetera, content off. Or I can come over and share. So there's quite a few different options here. You've got people, so invite people to view or edit this designs they can put their email address in. You can see whether they can edit it or just view it. These are quite new on canvas so social. If you connected your Facebook, you can write a caption. You can post it straight to your Facebook page, but again, I don't know how useful this will be. How many people would use that cause? I imagine most people would just download their image and then upload it into Facebook from service. But it is there, if you would like to. I can't link. You can create a link for your work, and you get edit and view when they are starting. Teoh create interactive websites on camera is it is quite a new feature on. They haven't really rolled out yet. So depending on what? When you're watching this video, that may be available or it may not, and again embed public designs could be embedded into websites. If we switched it back in the corner up to public, we would get the embed code under here. We could copy that and we could paste into our website. But again, I'm not sure how many people would actually want to embed an image when you could easily just download and upload into a website yourself. But the options are there if you would like to. So you know, 99% of the time I was just coming download your work. But the option to share or make public is there, if you would like to. 6. Adding links: in this lesson. We're gonna have a look at creating links in your documents. So I'm gonna come into an a four document scored on the templates, found something like this. I think I will just like that up. So imagine I created this document. I want people to people to be able to click on a link inside the document and take them to a website. I can do that directly within canvas so I can click one element such as this. That's, um, just seem a bit so it's easier. So when you have your text, I'm highlighted and working with camera, you'll notice across the top. We looked at transparency. We looked at arranging. But this little icon here is link, and that's where you can link to an outside website so I could come in here. And perhaps I wanted just to say something like visit our website and I wanted the word website to be clickable to take them through to actual Web page, where you can do that within camber, you can go ahead and highlight the text you want and click the link just to make it more obvious with people I might change the text. I think that blue so it looks more like a link. And then what I can dio is I can highlight this. Peter text didn't come up to the Glink here, and I can actually type in the link I wanted to go to. So obviously, for this one, we want to put our website. But just for demo purposes, we could put in something like instagram dot com. Casey, put your website in there. Click apply, and that's now done that is now a clickable link within your document. You are limited to P D EFs, however, so when you come into the download tab, it will ask you to download. This is a pdf as it's a document. Whoever if you wanted to, for example, download. It's a PNG. It will say it all. Looks like you have links in your design for links to work. Please choose. Pdf a case. You can't choose either J Peg or PNG images for links, but you can use one of the pdf's. So go with pdf. We'll click on download on their mouth is preparing my document. That link inside the doctor room will now work so Let's open apart document. I'll get my cursor. As you can see, it now becomes a clickable link. If I click on that, that should take me to Instagram. So there we have it. That's how you can add links inside your documents. 7. Upgrading to Canva for Work: in this video, we're gonna have a quick look at Cannes, Va. For work on what the upgrade is all about. So you probably have noticed that this big upgrade button here on if you want to, you can pay per month or per year for upgrade to can for for work. So if you do decide to upgrade, this is what you get. So these are the options for the free or for the work plan now with a free plan. As we said before you get to folders to organize your designs, you can select up to 10. Team members will have a look at that. In the next video, you're allowed one gigabyte of storage for your photos. So if you go to pick Sabei, for example, you're downloading lots of stock photography. Ghetto one gigabyte storage. We have the templates, and you can buy a lot of the elements for a dollar each. But if you decide to upgrade for work currently is $12.95 per month Again. That may change dependence when you are watching this course, but includes all of that. Plus you can have unlimited folders for your designs, so that's really useful. You can get up to 50 team members if you have a large team working with you, and you want lots of people to be also log in and create designs for your business. We have unlimited storage that's really good, especially if you're producing lots and lots of designs you want to add to store all of your photos and the stall off the work that you've created. So that's very important. And then we've got the templates on the These are some of the really excellent past magically resize your designs that case there at the minute in camber, if you produce a design on one side, you have to keep it in that size. So say, for example, I'm doing in a four document. I have it portrayed. I do all the work. It's set like that. I can't suddenly just decide to change into a landscape. I'd have to start again. I'd have to put in my own if it if landscape was, wasn't one of the options that have to work out the pixels, put in the pixels myself on the new designs and work on it landscape. But with the business package of the camera for work. You can just change it up. You can say I don't want in that size. I'd like in landscape and it will automatically resize it for you on that works with everything You might have designed a Facebook post with a really nice image. Perhaps you want that for a book cover or something. You can just literally go in magically resize that into the new template size of your choice. Another really useful feature is three. Use off Logo's on the fact you can upload custom fonts. If you've got certain fonts, use with your brand. You can work on the logo. You can work on your color palette and you're branded colors, so all of those things are very, very useful. But as this is a beginner's course, most people to start with just need to go into the free can vote, which is what we've been using all the way through this course. Everything we've done in this course has been with the free program. We haven't used any off the paid for elements here, so I think in future I will do a course a short course on canvas for work and how to use a with the elements you get when you upgrade. But for now, we have bean sticking with the camera for free. And everything we've produced in camber on this course has bean for free. You will notice over here on the right. You got camper Enterprise that is currently not available. But again, depending on when you're watching this video, that may well be here. But that's really designed for large businesses who have lots and lots of people working with him over 50 members. Um, so again, that will be available soon. But it's not quite available now. Um, but as I said, everything that we've done in this course we can do in the free program 8. Brand Colours: So you've had a brief look at Canada for work in this video. I want to show you some of the elements that are available in camber for work. Actually, we can use in the free program, So if you come down to your main dashboard, you'll see here, create a team. So that is something we can do here in the free program. Here you are actually able to invite 10 team members. So if you've got people who you want to work with those designs, you can put their email address in and send invitations to them. Can we get up 10. In the pay program? That said, you can have up to 50 but 10 is still a lot. So that is a great thing we can use again. Ever hit tells you. If you want to upgrade, you can make full use of the brand kit etcetera. Um, but you cannot. She worked with a team on camber for free. The second thing we look at is the brand kit, So if we come down here to your brand, this is the brand kit, and this is what you'll be working with. If you upgrade to the canvas for work paid program, and these are the four elements you'll get, so you get brand colors here. You got your logo's your fonts and uploaded funds. Now, as this is a free program, we don't have the available to get into this yet. You'd have to upgrade to Canada for work. If you want to upload your own logo here, you can set your brand fonts again. That's something we would look at in camera for work. And again, you can upload your in front. If you're an established business and you want a specific fund that you work with, there's no available in the candle front list. You can upload those here, but in the free version of camera, which we are working in, you do have the ability to create your brand colors again. This is limited with a free version, but you do have the option here so you can come here and you can actually choose the colors that will be in your brand. So again, you know you can go ahead and pick the colors that you think will work well with your brand . So that's color one. Um, may be okay with something. My cut color, too. And if you want third color, maybe go for slightly darker version off the original color. So, for example, you could pick a brand color palette like that. And as you've noticed, my background and my labels and things have now changed. So what I could do is go back to all of my two signs. Kate and I could create a new design, um, or upload of one of my old ones. That's creating new design. Um, let's just choose something that we wanted to do. Say, liken a four documents. It's just pick something case in mind when we want to do that. And then we wanted to change the colors. If you come into your color change here now, you will notice you have brand colors available, so you have the document colors as we have a look out earlier in this course, so you can see the coast they've used. We still got all the colors to choose from down here, but now we have our branded colors so I could change the text. That means in all of the documents, whatever it sort of template, I load up. I can come in and shoot my branded colors. Okay, so that's a really useful element. If you do want to create your own brand, you can select your branded colors in can ver on. Then they will be available on every single piece of work you do from then on. 9. Custom filter codes: in this lesson, we're going to have a look at filter Kurds and how you can create your own filters and save them so that you can use them across all your photos and alot of your designs in the future . So I've come into layouts. I've just created a basic layout. It's just, uh, search for some photos that's just put these in here. So that's just for now. Just drop these and a cape, and then what we're gonna do is apply a filter. So I come to the top one click on Filter Advanced Options. And now, of course, you can choose one. So say, I chose drama when I say Epic, that's a bit clearer. Now, of course, all of these sliders have changed. You might have a decision to go in. You might want to change them up a little bit, so we might want to make this brighter. Okay, you might want to make it, but lower down the saturation again, the tint. Who you can see you can change that. Really something like that. You might want to make it more blue. Okay, you might want to coming here, and that's, um, shadows around the corner here and say you're happy with that. You move the sliders around, you've created your own custom filter. So you started with Epic. But now they've actually just a little bit. And you now want that filter to go across all three photos. And perhaps you want to use that many times in the future. What you need to do has come down here and copy the filter code. So what I can do is I can literally just highlight that I can copy, and then if I want to, I can just, you know, paste it into a word or pace that somewhere into a document and keep that as my filter code for that exact filter. So in future, if I want to add that filter on, I can come to this photo here you can filter. I'm gonna go to advanced options. So this is the filter off normal going to delete that I'm going to pieced in. That's the one that we've just saved. Case. And now that has come the exact same filters. This one, I mean, come to the last photo fast options can. That's delete that, and it's paste our own filter in. No to controlling it. Advanced options still eat my paced thing. Click on there. And then now it has now used that filter across all three photo so you can create your own custom filters. Go into the advanced options. Copy this code here, save it somewhere on your computer, and then in future, you can come back and use it as many times as you wish. 10. Colour codes: in this video, we're gonna have a little color codes. So just as we did in the previous lesson, we looked at creating filter codes, making a custom filter by adjusting these sliders on deciding to keep that filter and copying the code. You can do exactly the same with colors. So hero of made aware title just on a blank page May I come to the color selector and I can have a go at picking a color king and slide my bar cross until I got the exact shade that I want. Something like that. Maybe I want to a little bit dark, huh? Now, down here you have the code is called a hex code is all colors have a hex code, and that is what you were used to come back and find this exact shade of purple again in the future so I can do what we did previously. Just copy that. I can pace that into a document or somewhere I'd like to save it. And then any time I want to use that color in the future, I have it so I could go ahead, create new piece of text. Let's make that a little bit bigger, stretched out case, and now I can use our code. Change this body of text. Now, of course, this is the same document, so that color is already here in our document colors. But I could create that, say, for example, orange. Then I could come in and delete this code. I'm going to paste in now the code and there we have it. That's how you create exact colors that you want. It doesn't just work in text, like a bringing a shape example could bring in a square from that. There again, I want to change the color so it comes to my parents. Let's just delete that Andi placed on them. There's also works in your brand colors. So if we go to your brand that we looked at before, if you know the exact color that you want in your brand, you can come in and choose your color again that we can delete code. Enrique, um, pasted it on. There we go so that color you can save the colors that you want and use them again and again. 11. Shortcuts 1: in this video, and in the next video, we're gonna have a look at some of the short cuts you can use within Canada. These really helps speed up your workflow on, make your work more efficient. So what I've done is I've gone ahead and created a document. I'll bring it up okay. Called key fats and short cuts. The sheet is available in the course resources section, so go ahead and download it. Now you can find all of these shortcuts on the camber website. You can go into the help menus search through all of the articles to find them, but it would be much easier to include all of the important ones in one document. Just so it's there for you quickly. That happened to search the many different menus, so I just quickly run through it on the left hand side, have put the windows short cuts on on the right hand side here that wants for Mac that almost identical is usually just on. Windows were using control, so this will be controlled and shift in K On a Mac, you'll be command and shift and K. That's really the only difference between them now The documents Two pages. I just included the ones I think were the most use such a switching text between upper case and lower case. You can scroll down, moving elements around and a new text Undo, redo, etcetera, etcetera. So go ahead and have a look at that on in this video. The next video. I'll just show you how to actually use some of those short cuts inside can va. And just quickly, I want to dimension that I created this document within can ver I started from scratch. I used all of the skills we've looked at in this course. So I created a background color here. I added a banner. I chose my fun pairings. So I've got this front here on then the one which has Windows or Mac. This one's in block capitals, this one in lower case. So that was my font parent. I looked at my color scheme. So it was this red color. Same with the banner here. Just a different shade on with this text which has Windows or Mac. It was the same color of red by Just changed it. So it's a much lighter version. Okay, so I use the sliders. Just It's a much lighter shade. I included the canvas banners. So they were from the little badges tab again. This line under here was just underlines section match the colors up here, the borders here for the keys or under the shapes. So drag and drop those the plus signs Here they were under your icons. So everything we've looked at in the course I used in creating a document like this so you don't have to use templates. You can come in, start from scratch and use the skills you've learned in this course to create any piece of work that you want. So let's go ahead and have a quick look at some of these shortcuts in action. So let's minimize that. So I drop this piece of text in just by pressing t on the keyboard. So let's have a go and using short cut one, which is changing between capitalization and lower case to upper case and lower case, I can highlight the text. Why do it on my keyboard? I press control shift in K on that, as you see Well, change it into upper case control shift and K again and brings that down to lower case. Now I'm using a PC and Windows, so all of the shortcuts I'm gonna show you are using the window shortcuts. But on the sheet, I have included those from Mac. So if you're using a Mac, please just check out the sheet. Now, if you want to create a border around your text, you can come over your text here on just press bolt shift on B. And there we go that produce a nice border around your texture Can You can move it around like that. You have the whole thing around, you can click and the resource Okay, so next let's have a look at moving elements, forwards and backwards. So if I come over to my elements tab, let's bring in some shapes just for the demo. Let's bring in there square change the color. Let's bring a circle has changed that color as well. Okay, so we're gonna have a go at moving forwards and backwards. You can, of course, come over to your I'm arranged. Tab up here and choose back. And you can see these little dots here show you whereabouts. That one is so If I keep adding some Maurin, for example, I can click on here and click on a range. Come back, you see? I can move it backwards. Forwards do this one as well. On it will tell you which lay Iran, so move it forward. Moving back. More layers you add, the more little dots you will get, and you can keep moving things forward. How many spaces you want on backwards? How many spaces you want. But rather than click on the arranged have you can actually use the shortcuts on the keyboard or you need to do is hold control and hit the up arrow or the down arrow to move it forward or backwards. So I didn choose the square hole control move forwards that's Click the arrow keys up or click the arrow key down and I can move it around so it just saved a little bit of time. Rather than having to go to the arranged tab. Just hold control. Hit the arrow key up or down on the final quick shortcut for this video is when I was a long time. If you want to add text into your document, we've looked at this earlier. In the course, you just come to Dr Impress T, and it drops a piece of text in that saves so much time rather having to always go to the left, choose the text tab here and had them in. So whenever you want some new text, just click T on your keyboard on Drop it in. So that's tips and tricks. A video one. I've got some more for you in the next video. 12. Shortcuts 2: In this second short cuts video, I'm gonna show you some little tricks I use all the time. That really helped my work flow. So the first thing we're gonna have a look at is moving elements pixel by pixel. So when you have two elements like this, I've got a black rectangle on the reddish rectangle here. You can, of course, just click and drag and move. You can use the lines to guide you. Now when you want to put those two together. I want this ready rectangle here to be directly underneath the black one. No overlap and no gap. So I can just drag up and snap them in. And usually Canada will do that for you and really snap them together. When you got lots of elements, Sometimes it could be quite tricky to line everything up exactly where you want just by using the mouse and dragging. So what you can do is use the arrow keys to move every single element pixel by pixel. So let's have a go it doing that. So I'm gonna move this one here, this pink rectangle, I'm going to click on it and I'm going to move it 10 pixels at a time. So to do that, you hold shift on you press the arrow keys so you can see there. I'm pressing our up, down I go left and I could go. Right. Okay, so it's moving it 10 pixels at a time. If I let go of shift and just press the Eric here, I'll move it one pixel at a time. You can see tiny little bits of movement there. So as I keep bringing it up, its hold shift a bit closer. If I want to linesman something up exactly, I can zoom in like this, and I'm gonna start moving this up. So it's exactly where I want it. I'm going to use the up keys. God, that's moving at one pixel at a time so you can get eggs really, really accurate so I can come here. I don't want any white border between the two, so I move up one pixel until there exactly where I want to. This is really useful when you have lots of different elements on maybe canvas, trying to line things up with different elements. You've got lots of the little dotted lines going on and it's not lining up. Exactly. Has how you want, Artie. Just coming in. Clicking on the element are moving it one pixel at a time. So let's zoom out from that, Okay? And, um, next thing we're going to do is have a look at grouping. So sometimes, when using camera, you don't want to move everything about individually. You want to go to group them together on, basically, turn them into one element that you can move all at the same time. So what you can do this has come into here. Let's just separately. So these are separate elements now, what you can do is come and click on one. If you hold down shift, you click on the other one that actually murdered them together into one group. Now what you can do is move for both of them together like that. Another way to do it. We click off. That is literally just a click and drag across the elements you want. That thing groups them together and again, you can move them any which way you want. The great thing about grouping is that they act like one element. So if I can come over here into the corner. I can now actually resize. Okay, so they are grouped together. You can resize them, drag them okay like that, and click off. And now, actually, they're back to being individual elements again. This is great if using lots of different elements. Say, for example, in a logo or a title. And you don't want to have to keep moving things individually. So, for example, we could to lead those. So you had some text. Okay, so that could be your title, Kate. And perhaps you wanted to put some shapes in. So that's just for example. Put the shape here. Let's copy that shape. Let's put another one there. And perhaps you wanted to put Maybe I'm like home in there, for example. You could line them up. Who's they had something like that. And you decide. Actually, don't want it in the middle. You want it down in the corner. We wanted larger. You wanted smaller. You don't have to drag every element individually. You can click and drag, but also you can use a little tab up here. So if I click and drag across, highlight all of them. You know this little tab here that says group. So if I click on that, that has now group them for me, okay? And they will stay grouped so I could move them. I can click on the corner. I can change the size. Okay, so once I click off, they are still grouped. That's the beauty of that tab here. So again, I can keep dragging about wherever I want. I could make it bigger if I decided I want to have them grouped anymore. I can click here on one group on Now they're all back to individual elements again. So those two tips moving things by one pixel and grouping things together and moving them about as one element are both really, really useful. I use them all the time in my designs, and I'm sure you will, too. So that's it for the short cuts videos. Remember to come down and have a look at our sheet here, which you can keep and refer to as many times as you need to. In the next video, we're going to have a look at adding shadows to our text 13. Adding shadows to text: in this lesson, we're going to have a look at a very simple way. You can add shadows to your text. So here I've put some basic text called title first thing I want to do. If I want a shadow to come here behind the text, I find these letters are too close together. Okay, cause the shadows will therefore be overlapping, so that e here would overlap onto the L. So if you do find that with your text, what you want to do is come into the spacing like we looked at before, and you can actually spread your word out. So let's keep it something like But once you've decided to have your wording and you got your letter space, how you want, what you need to do is create a copy off this. So I come here, basically, just copy the text I might drag that out on. Then what you need to do is make this one more transparent. So let's just come on. What? This? Reduce the transparency, right? Once you've done that, you can line it up where you want with the shadows behind something like that, and then let go. If It's if the shadow one comes in front of the tanks, you just have to go to arrange Tab. Move it back. So there we go. A very simple way off creating shadows. You can do this with other elements other than text. For example, let's put our light bill back in. Bring that down here. Okay? So the same thing. I'm gonna copy one going to make that this make it more transparent. Okay, I'm in. I'm going to come and drag it. Hind. That one there. So it worked with all the different elements. Nice. Simple way off. Creating shadows. 14. Text masking: in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at text masking that. This is a great feature. You've probably seen this in many different designs. It is where they have the text. And inside the lettering are different images or different designs or different pictures. You can't recreate this in camber. I'm going to show you how in this lesson. So as we know, if you want to put photos inside shapes or into different shapes, you need to use the frames inside camber a que But luckily inside camera, they also have a letter and number frames we can use to create our text masks. So if we come over to the search bar, you need to come down here and type photo hold up letters. So photo holder letters, we'll search for that and you'll see all of the letters. All of the alphabet will be in here, and you also have all of the numbers. Now this great big one here that is actually the I. I don't know why it's so pig, but that's what that one is. There gets people the numbers on all the letters. So let's go ahead and create a word so for this demo. I thought something like a rainforest seen or a jungle scene could work really well with text masking. So let's go ahead and create jungle. So you click on your, um, frame here that will drop it in this. Just change the background. Okay. So again, you can come and learn your letters up. You can resize them in the corner. Um, let's get back to this. So let's find that you click on that on them up in again. If it If it's not too big, you can resize and let's see if we can fit that one in. Find the G. I don't think we're gonna fit so again you can come and re size. It's recital of thes. So they who fit it was one there. If that one and that's fine. The L Thanks long that again, you'd have more time. You could line things up exactly where you want Andi. So if the but left in just resize, okay, and then you would have your word in your frames. Now, what you can do, just with any frame is drag and drop photos into each letter individually. So really, there are two options. You could put different photos inside different letters to create one effect. Or you could put the same photo across all of them to create a nice, continuous image. Let's go ahead and look under photos. Let's look under bring forest. So what you could do is click and drag your photo, in example, one different one. So you often see ones like this, which given effect a different, um, image inside each letter so you can go ahead and do that. She's changed the background. Okay, can you can change that up so you could do that? If you want to move the pictures around, of course, you can double click. And just as before, you can slide your picture across. When you're happy with it, click on the tick here. That's option one. You can go ahead and drop individual photos inside each frame. There. Option two is to be create more of a continuous design with same photo across all, even though it doesn't actually look that way. So let's go in. Let's get a background change that white So you see this one here with it with the trees. You want a picture that has a kind of pattern, not one like Theis animal here, This lizard or this tree that is obviously, if you include it across each one separately will look like it's the same picture copied. What you want to get the effect is to make it look like it's one continuous picture that has been used across all the lettering. So something with more of a design like this that's right, move like a repeated pattern will work well. So I can do is drag that into each off the letters like that. Okay, and now, looking at that, you can't really tell it's the same picture across all off the letters because it's cut out different parts. So you've got this tree, this main bit of tree here, However, that will be cut off on the G because of this curve here, or you wouldn't really see that bit that clearly on the J. And if you do find this the same little piece appearing all of them that you don't like, of course, you can just double click on the image on move them all that one that she doesn't move across Oksana's cheese, that one so you can move it left to right. Okay. Just to highlight the image where you would like it to go. Okay, So that's an example of how you can use the frames and text masking within camber to produce really, really nice results. The next thing you could do, of course, is that filters. So you could decide you want to use a certain filter across all of your designs like a pick one you like, You know, like that drama. So you like that one? You don't want to go and apply that filter to all of your lettering to give a consistent effect. So let's go ahead and do that. His hunt drama there. That's that drama there on. Let's add drama that so again you can play around with the filters. Choose 1.5 that go consistently across all of your lettering. And finally, just how we looked at in the last video. We could ask some shadows so again you can come in. You can copy that letter, you could increase its transparency at the minute it's in top on top of the J. So I'm going to arrange it back one on. Then I can line it up and create a three D shadow effect, just as we had on the previous text. So there we go. That's text masking. You can try a different photos, different designs to get the effect that you would like on one final thing to consider when you are using text masking like this is that each letter was an individual frame. Casey Weaken. Drag each letter individually. But what would want to do is group these together so we can move them and resize them as one word. It's one element, citing as we looked at before, drag across. Okay, Cup group those together. And now that is one title I can resize. Okay, I can move it about altogether rather than having to move each individual letter about. OK, so that's it, Andi, I'll speak in the next video where we're going to have a look at some basic color theory 15. Complimentary colour scheme: Okay, So in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at some very basic color theory. Now, color theory is a very deep subject. You can learn all kinds of things about color theory, but for the nature of this course, where is going to cover some of the basics to help you with your designs? Now, if you're using the templates within Can Va, all of the color theory really has been done for you because the designers of those templates have selected the colors for the fonts, the icons, the backgrounds, etcetera on. They all work well together. So if you are just adapting a temple in keeping the same colors, that is all done, and that's completely fine. However, now you've been through this course, I'm sure you want to change at the templates and create all of your own designs with scratches. Well, so we'll have a look at how you can use colors to create the effects that you want. So first things first. Let's have a look at the color wheel, so let's just click on here, bring out the colors, okay, and there you have your color wheel. So with the color wheel Of course, as we know, down here, you've got your code, which we can copy later. Um, you have your bright colors around the edge and as you move further towards the center, you get your more passed early colors. So, for example, I could choose a bright red can. You can bring it right up to the top. So you have your bright red here. The further you go in towards the center, it becomes more a passel. Read now. One thing to know is that bright colors go very well with white. So if you've got a white background, let's bring a nice bright colleagues. See the contrast between the white and the red really stands out, so let's go ahead and keep that. So the first thing we're going to have a look at is a complementary color scheme. So a complementary color scheme if I click on here are colors. They're on opposite sides off the color wheel. So here I've got red. So let's choose our text on opposite from my right. We have to Blake. So that was what you would call a complementary color scheme. Doesn't have to be exactly opposite it can be slightly to the side so I could choose red and blue, for example. There are complementary colors. Let's change the red to say green. That's change the blue to something that's opposite the green somewhere over around here, green and pink, for example. So if you want a complementary color scheme is because you want the coast to really stand out, Okay, they're very vibrant. So let's just go again into the green. Change that back to read. So again, let's go opposite the red. I was here and we want to be somewhere around here. Can't. So you can see those colors really stand out The very firebrand special against the white background. Okay, they please a lot of energy and they really contrast well with each other. So with a complimentary color scheme you want, you have two colors to opposite colors like the red on this lighter blue here. Okay, but you can if you want 1/3 color, you can do what is known as a split complementary color scheme. Okay, I'll show you how that works. So we've got the red here. Have a look on this side off the color wheel opposite it. over here is this light blue which we've got for our text or what you can do rather than having the color that's directly opposite you can split this opposite color so you can have one color up here on one color down here equidistant from the original complementary color . So, for example, let's go to this blue instead of having it. It would have bean there directly opposite the red. I could have this blue about here case have a darker blue. If I've gone from this point to this point, I need to go the same distance from this point down to this point here. So if I want 1/3 color, say, for example, here for this piece of text, that was where the top blue waas that was, where are complementary kind of wars. So I could go down to about here, okay. And I could go and choose that for our color scheme. So that is a split complimentary. You can use your main color here, which was all red, and then we can split the cross road and going directly across for a standard complementary . We could have a split once we could have one color up here on one color down here. Okay, So that's how to use a complementary color scheme. You see, the colors really pop the very vibrant lots of contrast between them. In the next video, we're going to look at how to use an analogous color scheme. 16. Analogous colour scheme: in this video, we're going to have a look at an analogous color scheme. So it's worth noting that when you're coming up with your color schemes in your designs, you want to stick to really around three colors. It sometimes four. But you don't want to go more than four colors. Three, I think works really well, especially if you're doing something like branding or logo design or something where you want the colors to remain together from many different aspects of your work. I would suggest maybe going for three colors. So let's have a look at an analogous color scheme. Let's change up our example here, So let's click on here and get the color back up. So an analogous color scheme are colors that are adjacent on the color wheels. They're next to each other on the color wheel. Okay, so for example, I could choose yellow here, so that's gonna be my main color if I want a complementary color, of course, like your opposite for an analogous scheme. I want to go to the sides here, so I'm gonna stick with three colors for my color scheme here. So that is pink. The word example and we had to yellow so I could come to around here and choose like orange . And then let's go down to these elements. So we have the yellow we had the orange We want to come around here, chooses kind of lime green color case of these would be are analogous colors. So the cause we've chosen are actually very bright colors. But what you can do with an analogous scheme is have them further spaced out or closer together. So let's go back up to here. Let's come onto here. So we had our original yellow here. We space them out quite far. We don't have to space them out quite this far. We could have them closer to the original yellow on. What works quite well is if you use your base colors. We've got the yellow. Here is our base colors and nice bright color. Here we can move these slightly in okay further towards the middle into the more the pastel colors. And I'll come to this green here on do the same thing, so we want to get closer to the yellow. But further in TV doesn't stand out very much. We could have a go making it slightly darker, Kate. And same thing with this one. Same thing with this one that makes the base color stand a bit more is more of the main color we want to use in our work. So that's analogous colors. Ones are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Okay, you can play around with them until you get the colors you like, But those kind of color schemes are used a lot on. They have a very good effect on the kind of work you want to produce. In the next video, we will have a look at monochromatic color schemes. 17. Monochromatic colour scheme: in this lesson, We're going to have a go at creating a monochromatic color scheme design. So go ahead and created this basic design here on the page. But this one's actually created using a complementary scheme So you can see in the background. I chose this green on then for the lettering and for that icons in the tree, I went across to the other side of the color wheel and shows this dark, pink, slightly purple car. So that was a complementary scheme. What we're gonna have a go out in this lesson is changing it into a monochromatic scheme. So a monochromatic scheme is where you have one color. Only a cage is one color, but what you do to change the tone off that color within your scheme. So, for example, you could choose this pink color here such as this. Okay, let's go in. Let's have a look at the color. Okay, so here is the pink color. But what you can do is on the slider down here. You know, the tint it lighter so you can move it up, intent it lighter. Well, you can go down to this site and you can shade it darker, so it's the same color, but it's hard to go. I light a tent or a darker shade, so what we'll do is we'll change his design up and we'll have a goat creating a monochromatic scheme that fits this design so we'll keep the green as our color. This is the background color here, scaring talk green. Okay, so monochromatic scheme is basically anywhere along this line up towards the center. So these are the tones we're going for, so we'll stick with this one here on. We'll go ahead and change the lettering, so let's change it from this, um pink and it's going to the green. So what we could do is we could make it lighter, or we could shade it darker. So let's go for a darker shade here. Okay against the allegations. The same color, but you've got a darker shade for the lettering, so let's go ahead and change for the lettering into this dark shade. So again you could choose three colors. Working to stick with two and you'll find this gives a very subtle effect in a complementary scheme is a lot of vibrancy is very vibrant. The colors stand out. There's a lot of contrast, but with a monochromatic scheme. Were looking to be bit more subtle. Create more of a subtle design, a subtle effect. So let's go ahead and change the rest of this design again. We could choose that color, go for the darker. Or perhaps we could go in. We could make that lighter. It depends what you want to do. We'll try it lighter for now. Okay, the same on this side. And I find the one a chromatic scheme works really well with these icons. Are we looked at that earlier? In the course. Having your icons quite subtle works works really nicely has changed that pink there through the dark free. Something like that, you can see is the same design. Except in the first game. We have that bold pink against that bright green. Now we've got the one green color, but we shaded some of this darker or tinted it lighter. So that's it, really for the basics off color schemes. What I suggest you do is go into camber, create design, try some of the different schemes out, see which ones work best for your design and just have a play around with it until you get a design that you're happy with.