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Canva for Beginners (Core Skills)

29 Indigo Academy, Graphic Design Training

Canva for Beginners (Core Skills)

29 Indigo Academy, Graphic Design Training

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11 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Using Templates

    • 3. Downloading your work

    • 4. Working with text

    • 5. Photo backgrounds

    • 6. Shapes

    • 7. Illustrations, Icons and Lines

    • 8. Layouts Part 1

    • 9. Layouts Part 2

    • 10. Adding pages to a design

    • 11. Premium elements within Canva

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About This Class

In this class, we will go through all the key skills needed to get started making awesome graphics within Canva. 

Canva is amazing, and is much easier to learn than other expensive graphic design software packages. 

I have used Canva for many design projects, and always come up with fantastic end results!

This course covers all of the core skills you need to use Canva efficiently and effectively.

I will teach you how to use all of the tools and elements available to you, and cover topics such as:

Text and Typography
Using shapes and lines
Adding icons and illustrations
Working with pictures and filters
Adjusting colour, alignment and transparency
Exporting your work
Plus much more.

So if you want to start making professional designs of your own using Canva, enroll now and I'll speak to you soon.

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29 Indigo Academy

Graphic Design Training


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. Introduction: hello and welcome to the complete can for graphic design course for beginners. I'm so glad you decided to enroll in this course. I honestly believe Canada is one of the best and most powerful graphic design applications available in the world right now. And it's ideal for beginners or people who are not graphic design professionals. In this course, I'm gonna teach you everything you need to know to get started straight away. And by the end of the course, you'll have all the skills you need to produce absolutely amazing designs for any project you're working on. So in part one of this course, we're gonna focus on how to use all of the key tools effectively. So let's start with sitting up on account. Okay, so here we are on the home page. You want to go to www dot can va dot com and you'll come onto this screen here and then you need to sign up for an account so you can sign up with Facebook. We concern it with Google, but it's much easier, I think just to sign up with your email to create your account seems to come in, Put your name your email confirming email address. Choose a password and click sign up. What camera will do is they'll send you an email with a verification link in it. Once you click on that, you all ready to go so you can come back to the website. Put in your user name or your email address. Put in your password, click log in on. Then you'll come through toothy dashboard, which looks like this. So here we are in the main dashboard. This is what you'll find when you log in. So this is your main dashboard Here. This is where under all your designs. So these are the four designs already made with this account. There's some example designs. Um, down here, you've got some selections such a shared with you create team. They're things will have a look at later. But the main thing to start with is you want to know this is your main dashboard. This is where all of your designs will be kept. Once you've created them on. The first thing we want to do is go over to this big button up here and click Create a design once we click that this is what appears now. These are all the templates that are available in Campbell, and their camber is very template base. That's the best thing about this program is they have hundreds, if not thousands, of professionally designed templates for you to use it all different genres. So we started popular design types, but we can scroll down she what social media posts such as Twitter post in a Facebook post . And as you noticed underneath it tells you hear the size of the picks. Also, that's 940 by 788. So the brilliant thing about can ver is that it gives you the exact size for anything that you're are wanting. So if you want a Facebook post is done in the correct size is for you. If you want. In a four document here, that's in the correct size for you on If anybody actually updates there on requirements, for example, if we come down here on, we see, you could do a Kindle cover. You know, if Amazon updated the requirements for a Kindle cover can, we were coming and change their pixels so you know, whenever you produce it, a design in Canberra will always be exactly correct for whatever you want to use it for. So again, we've got E books. We've got documents, marketing materials, such as business cards, posters. Then here we got social media headers. We can do things like create YouTube, thumbnails, Twitter headers, all these kind of things. You can do things for events, postcards, invitations as well as adverts. You can create adverts on campus. It is, you know, many, many different templates things you can do to create excellent looking graphics here within camber. So the first thing we should go ahead and do is pick a template. So let's just go to the popular design types of the top. That's choose something such as poster. So click on whatever template you want and Campbell will load up down the left hand side here, all of the available templates. So, as you can see there are loads and loads of templates, is a huge amount of choice. You can scroll down. You can see some of them half have photographed background. Some of them are using illustrations. All the different typography, the different funds they're being used. All of this is available for you to adapt and edit as much as you want so we can come down here. You can have a look at all the different templates we can find, something that we think will fit with what we want to do. So we're trying to create a poster You might want to come down and say, Perhaps we're looking for a jazz festival. So I come over, choose one. I would like that brings up the template and then everything in that template is creditable . So I can come in. I can click here on the elements. I can change up my text. I can delete text. I could move things about. I can drag, I can move, I can change the colors of different things. I can take these elements here and I could move him about again. You see, these ones are crosshatched with a little can below go one. That means their premium elements. They're paid for elements, but we can get rid of those. Okay, we can put in some free elements, will discuss how to do that later on in the course. But for now they're in there so you can see with a template you can keep it just as it is. You might keep it exactly the same and just change the date down here. Or you can move things in and up in around. You can add new things in, take things out on, edit it completely how you would like. So the first thing to do is have a look at all of the different ways we can do that. So we want to focus on the left hand side down here. All of these buttons there are key buttons that they're the ones we're gonna be using most of all within canvas. So let's start at the top search. This is where you can search for photos. Illustrations. So I could put in something like coast that will search for illustrations. You can use any of these in your designs so I could just drag. I mean, like that are gonna resize them. You think about what could look for photos again. You got free ones and paid ones so I could just track one in Greece size. Okay. What could you look for all after photos we have layouts. Layouts is what we have already bean on, which is where our templates. So again you can scroll through. You can change the template. We don't want to use that one anymore. You can switch it up with a different one underneath layouts. You have elements now. These are really important. You got free photos. They're the ones we just looked up. Um, but the ones that come for free, You've got grids. We've got frames, shapes, lines, illustrations. We can add icons, data charts and some can va badges. Now, we're not gonna go through these all now because we're gonna go through them individually later in the course. And we look at how we can use them with our core skills to produce a really great designs. But they are all under the tab off elements underneath that we have text or click on text here, and you notice you got two options. Option one is just add stand the text or conflict at a heading that will bring them in here . I couldn't move that about It's just late nights. Okay? Yeah. Subheadings. Well, that brings it in on down below. Here, you have all of your designed fun. Okay? So we can add something like within a document as well. So that's the text tool. Again, we're gonna do a lot of work on text in this course. When I look at typography, we'll get funds how to change the colors. Transparency is all different kinds of things you can do with text, but that we here under the text module underneath the text you have the backgrounds. So again weaken. Use that This is where we choose our the solid color Backgrounds like that we can change the colors or we can put in some backgrounds with designs on them such as that. So they will come under the backgrounds and then finally underneath background you have up loads on. That is where we can bring in some of our own photos from our computer, or we can find some stock photographs. Now there are photographs available in camber, but later in this course, I'm gonna show you a resource. I use a website that is absolutely brilliant. You can get, I think, up to about a 1,000,000 royalty free stock photographs. Okay, so you can go in there. You can search for really professional looking stock photography. You can download them. Includes all of the licenses for use in commercial endeavors. Okay, so all the commercial licenses are included, and you can upload those straight into camber to use in your own projects. It will save you hundreds in stock photo costs. Okay, so I'll go through that later on in the course when we look at photography. But for now, we can stick with the ones that are already available in camber. And finally, we never look at the bar across the top. So what you see here, you've got the undo button, so that will take you back. If you make a mistake. You also got the redo button. Help. If you want some help guides on across the side. Here, you've got the title. We can change that labeled our document as you got the share download and make public buttons again. Usually we will just download our work, but again, we'll look at that later in the course. So that's the basic overview. That's where everything is located. That's what the dashboard looks like. So now we've been through that. Let's get straight on with the course and start learning some of our core skills 2. Using Templates: a case. And now we've had a look at the basics of how everything's laid out in camber, how the templates form the core of the program. What we're gonna do in this lesson is actually pick a template and have a go it just doing some basic changes again. Later in the course, we're going to have a look at how to do more in depth changes. How toe create more individuality. But to start with, let's just pick a template. Put some of our own changes in Andi, see how quickly and how effectively we can make a design. So here we are, on all my designs page again. First thing I do is come over to create a design. So as you can see again, we've got ALS, the templates eso just to start with, I think something straightforward. Let's have a go at making a Facebook post. So I click here on Facebook post and that will load up on the left all off the different templates. Okay, So, as we said before, we can choose any of the template we want. Have a look in the corner to see whether these are paid for like this one, Uh, or if they're free like this one hits is free down in the corner. So I'm going to scroll down on Choose one that I think would work well. So let's something like this will be good. Physic regular it. So here we go a case. In this template, you can see they've gone for a very simple designs. They've got the nice big photo in the background here and just the basic text visit Reykjavik. Now say, for example, we wanted to produce a holiday item like this visiting somewhere else, not Reykjavik. Big quantity. Use the template. Change out the photo change of a text. Let's have a look at how we can go about doing that. Okay, the first thing I want to do is change out this photo. So let's pick somewhere safe. For example, we were doing a holiday visit to say Norway, we wanted have a nice, big mountain range, and we want to say visit Norway. It's a very simple at that. What I want to do is change this photo. So I come over to the side here on I click on the search, or I could just try up straight in here on Dykan. Choose Norway because I've already just pre type that in. But as you notice all of these air coming up as $1 so you could go ahead and purchase these , we'll have a look at that later. How you do that. But for now, we want to choose a photo that is free. Uh, so if I can't get a photo from Norway, let's try something like mountains, See what comes up. So mountains, You can see there are some paid for photos, but they're also quite a few free ones. So for this video, we just want to use the free photo. So let's just have a little look down here, something that might work well, something like that with a lot of clear space that you say I want to have some space to put my text. You can have it like this over the middle. Well, look at this later in the course, how you position your textile, the typography. But for now, let's choose something like this one. So we're gonna do to click on here and just drag it across and let go, and it's replaced it for me Very simple. That's how you change the photos in and out. If I didn't like that one, I could potentially choose this one trying that in. Oh, that looks quite nice again. You can go around and pick the ones you like, so let's just have a look at one more. This one looks pretty good. Get that one. Just drag it over once it's inside. So let go. So that one looks nice. But say we want to go for that right will choose the photo. And now we want to change the text. The next thing we want to do is have a look at changing the text. So as this is the first video and the most basic, all we want to do is change this from visit Reykjavik to visit Norway or something similar . So I want to change record victim Norway. So I click on the element here. I'm click on the end. I can just delete the text and type in Louis simple as that Click off. I don't want to say visit Norway. I might want to change that. So maybe I could say something like a trip to normal trip to and Norway click off and then we have it with changed the text. Now, since we've changed, it doesn't actually fit as nice as it as it did before. So what you can do is you can just drag and move around where you want so I can click on here, hopes click on there with a little crosshatch arrow and I can click and drag that to where I would like it to be, So I could potentially put it up here in the corner. Let go on, then Norway again I could move up into the sky. Here you can see the little purple crosshatch arrows. They're telling you that it's centered. Okay, so if I want that to be centered, I could make sure, As you can see, you've got the If you like, you can see the horizontal purple dots. That means it's lined up horizontally. You can go like this and you can see the vertical lines. That means it's straight, and then you can move up until you get them both a man now equal. So I let go, and then we have a trip to Norway and then you have It is a simple is that Pick a template . Switch out the photo, change the text, place it where you like and then you done a great looking piece of graphic design. Extremely simply. 3. Downloading your work: Okay, so this is gonna be a very short list. And I just want to show you how you actually download your work once you've completed it. So here's the piece. We've just completed a trip to Norway. Once. I have my piece of work finished, I want to be able to take it out of camber on. Use it How I want. So the first thing I need to do is come up to here. Over on the side. You see the download button here. Now, there are a few other options. So you got share and you got make public. Now we're gonna talk about those later in the course. But for now, all the want to do is get this piece of artwork onto our computer so we can use it in our Facebook or wherever we want to. So I can't hear and I click on download. That brings up the file type on the options. So I would click here, and it gives you the four options you got. Jay Peg, PNG pdf Standard and pdf print Now basically the P. D efs. If you want to be printing things out or using, you know a four documents. If I did a piece of work that I wanted to print like a brochure, for example, are definitely one that three PDF print because I was playing to print it out. If you just want a photo like this that you're planning to use on the Web, you got really two options. PNG or J pic. Now the difference really is, PNG says recommended. But that's the higher format. OK, it's takes up more space is a large file. It's a more detailed file, but it's not really what we're looking for for the Web. What you really want is J. Peg. Now that produces a high quality image, but it's a smaller file size. That's the key thing. If you're planning on putting a photo up on Facebook or on to the Web and you wanted to low quickly, you need a small file size. But the J pic quality is still good, so you get a good quality image with a smaller file size than the PNG. So as this is a Facebook picture, I'm going to go ahead and choose J pic. Once I've done that, click the download button and it will prepare it. Just wait a few seconds while that loads up and then what you'll find is it comes and downloads to your downloads folder. So you could if you wanted to post it straight away, you know, on Twitter on Facebook. But generally, what I do is I save it to my computer and use it. How I want. So he's come down here is in your downloads folder. I could always open it. Here we go. See, that was a J pig. And that's very high quality. The Texas Very smooth. The pictures come up brilliantly. And then, of course, I could just say this to my computer or just find it My down those folder. Of course, If you're not sure whether you want the J Peg or the higher quality PNG, you could always download both. That's often Why do so? You can just close that down. That one's done, and you could just come back to download on a choose PNG and just downloaded again so you can have two copies s. Oh, there we go. That's what you want to do. As soon as she completed a piece of design in the software, what you want to do is click here, click download, and then you have it 4. Working with text: Okay, So in this section of the course, we're going to be looking at key skills case, all of the core skills you need to produce excellent pieces of graphic design and software . So that includes things like typography and text changing photos, using filters, going to look at using shapes, icons, lines, transparency, all that kind of thing. In this video remaining look a text and typography, how to change the signs of your text, the color, all of that kind of thing. And we'll have a little look at backgrounds as well. So here we are, back in our main dashboard. We've got all your designs here. You can see the Norway piece we just worked on that is now here in all our designs, you can click on these and related them in future. But what we're gonna do is have a go at creating a brand new design so we can have a look a text. So I'm gonna come over to here and I'm gonna choose create a design that will bring back all of our templates. But rather than use a template is for this video. I want to use a plain backgrounds. We can really look at the text, so I'm gonna come up to the top here and actually use custom dimensions so you don't have to use the templates. If there's a specific dimension you want to use, you can come here and you can choose the amount of pixels that you would like. So let's say maybe 1000 by 1 1000 by 1000. I give us a nice square and I click design. So on the left here, you can see these are actually the layouts. If you want to make a montage piece dragging lots of different photos, say, for example, this one down here you wanted a large photo and two smaller photos. You can click on the layout here on. We can work on that, but we'll have a look at those later for today. I want to have a look at text in this lesson to come over to the side hand, and we're going to choose text, and you have all of these options. Now, if you want some really cool text, you can scroll down here, and they've chosen the fonts for you off when they've put your text into Nice borders like here. They've got some white backgrounds. They've got some great layouts. So if you want to have a go producing something like that, have a go at choosing one of thes. Now again, you want to notice? Are they paid, or are they free? These ones are free, and it's an awful lot of free once so I can scroll down. You can see how many free piece of text you can choose loads in here. But for the nature of this video, we won't have a look at the basic use of text. So you've got three hits heading subheading or body of text to run. It doesn't really matter which one to use. You can use any, but to start with, let's add a heading. Click there and your text appears in the video here. So the first thing you want to do is have a look at moving it about now. We had a look at this in the last video, so it seems before you can hover over. Click and drag on. Move the text toe wherever you want. Let's put it in the middle. So again we're looking at these purple lines so this one's telling me that it's aligned vertically. This one's telling me it is aligned horizontally and if I move it around to the middle, I can drag it until I get like that. Let go. That is perfectly centered, right? First we wanna have a go at doing is changing the font size. So if I think that's too small, I can click on your text bar comes along up here You have all the standard things you can change in text. So here is your font size 42. So I could maybe make that 72 nice and simple as you come off you notice now it's not actually scented anymore, so I'm gonna have to bring it back. And there we have it, changing the font size. This time I want to change the actual front itself. It's up here. You have your list of funds again. This loads of really nice fonts to choose from in Canada, I'll go and choose something such as antic. Okay, it has changed the phone. It's simple. Is that next thing I can do is change the color so you click on the color so I won't read text I can change that. And I was in a nice red color. Okay, delete that, Um, you can actually put texting without having to come to the text body. A little shortcut. You can come over to your main piece of work on just press t on your keyboard like that, and text will come up. So let's try that again. Let's see if we can, uh, delete this text, and that's something else. So you we might want to call it, for example, my album highlights that don't it's way too small 16. So let's move up to 72 again. There's drag it back into the center. Great. I can highlight Samos looking Microsoft Word. I can come and bold the text. I can italicize. I'm you can look at left hand or right hand. Obviously, the box is only that size, so what we would need to do is we can stretch the box out on. Then I could left hand the line, right hander, line or center, same as you were doing word, and over here we can change it uppercase and sometimes on the front. You can change. Change it down to lower case as Well, what's but that in there straight across it doesn't have the option. That one. Okay, you can bullet point, just like you can inward on this one. You can have a look at spacing so we can actually do is drag the letters wider or narrower . So it won. Here, you see, I can stretch the word out. I wanted to spread out more on liken. Also change that slowly. I can bring the really squishing up if you want that effect or really spread it out. Case As you can see, there's a lot of things you can do with a text. Let's have a go changing the color again. So changing back to read. Drag it to the center. All right, Okay. And there you have it. One final thing to note about colors, however, is that you don't have to stick with the colors. They provide it. So let's just highlight choose the red that we've got now these are the default palettes. These are the four colors you've got the blacks, the greys blues greens on. What you can do is click on the plus and you got your color wheel. So this tells you the kind of red we've gone for. But down here you can actually change the hue of the red so you can make it darker. You can see it changing a need. Document colors. There's You could make it lighter, darker, so you condone city about their. And now I got darker colors. He didn't have to just use the default colors. You can change into any kind of shady want, and that's not just for text. That's for all different elements within can Va. So we'll look at that later when we produce the more designs. But for now, that's how you produce text and change it about. 5. Photo backgrounds: okay, in this lesson, we're going to have a look at background and using photographs. So we're back to where we were before. We just completed my album. We've got some text and we've got a plain white background. Now, if we don't want a white background, Canada provides us with lots of different options. So if we come over to the side here and click on background, you see you can choose a solid color. So say, for example, I want a gray background click on gray on the whole backgrounds, going great, so nice and simply you want a solid color background. Choose here, same as before, with the color palette you can click on. Plus, you can then change your grade darker or lighter. So that's if you want a nice, solid background down here, you will notice you can get patterned backgrounds. Camera actually provides lots of really nice free options. So I've might want this Billy one here and then gives us a nice background. You can choose gray hashing. There you can choose a pink background to any of these ones are free. You want a nice designed background. I suggest coming here. Pick one of these, and as you go down, you see the paid one start coming into view. So actually, they have lots of really nice photos you can use as backgrounds. Of course, these ones are $1 each. So if I, for example, chose this one, he noted, it comes with this cross hatching and the can Vologda. That means it's a paid for element. OK, so when you come to download, you'll have to actually pay the dollar to get that photo and have this removed. We'll have a look at that later in the course, but for now we want to stick with things that are free. So I make home and choose something like that, or perhaps something like. But however, if you want a photo background and you don't want to use one of thes ones here, you can basically choose any photo and use it as a background. So if I go back to my images, um, let's search with something again. Last time we had mountains, so let's just try that again. I can put that in all my photos of mountains come up if I want to you one of these as the background. Why Can do is click on this photo that brings interview. Okay, now manipulating photos is as it would be in most other software. You've got little circles in the corner here, so you can drag resize a photo. Okay, If you want the actual photo just to be in the picture, you can just drag it on leave as a photo. But I want this voter to the background. So why do so? I'm going to drag it out launcher in the template itself. Okay, so you get to a situation where you have a photograph like that once the photos in place, you condone. Drag it, move it sideways. Andi let go and they have it. You have your title and you have your picture in the background. Now, what you do need to dio is have a go at seeing what it looks like from a distance. So you see, down here in the corner, you can zoom in and out so I can actually zoom out and see what my piece of artwork looks like from a distance. I can then zoom in and see it full size again. So now I've got my title in the middle. What you can do is move that about like we did before. I'll have it there like that, for example. And now I could never got playing around with the photo a little bit. So if I click on the photo appear up here on the side, you got some options. So you've got transparency so you can have a look at this. You never looked filter on. We can have a look at flip, so let's try flipped first. I can flip the photo horizontally if I want it that way around. Obviously, I can flip it vertically. It's not really gonna work how I wanted to. I quite like the original. So that's the flip. Transparency is what? Well, have a look at later, but basically that makes the image more see through so you can see you can change it. And that really works well when you've got shapes. And that's what we look at next. But other one, any transparency with this photo. So I leave that 100% and I can come over to filter. So this is where can va really shines? I think cause you've got loads of really nice filters toe work with your photo. So here is normal. This is what the photo looks like. Hasn't on what I can choose any of these filters. Okay, so I just click on them. You can see them changing. That's a nice one. Can you go across? You can choose all of these different filters. And what they're doing is they're changing all of the values in the advanced options, but really, for beginners and what I use all the time. It's just the filters you can produce. Excellent looking results. You have a retro look, uh, with these filters so I might go back and choose things like Epic. I like that one. Um, again, you got the intensity so you can change that up or down. I tend to just leave it where it is, okay. And the next thing we can do is have a look at the advanced options. If you're not happy just to leave it with a filter, you click here on advanced options, and it brings up all the things you can change. This is what it's changed to put this filter epic in, but you can go around and change it however you like. So you condone lower the saturation right down. Bring it up. You can blur again. We'll look at that later. But you know, you may want to have a go messing around with these affects. You can change the contrast up and down. You can change the brightness up. Brian's down. So there's all these different areas if you want to have a look at really going in and changing everything really, really detailed. But to be honest, I generally only used filters because you get except results from all the different filters they've got, and that's the best way I find. So that's filter, and there you have it. 6. Shapes: in this lesson, We're going to have a look at using shapes. Shapes are very, very important In Canada, you can produce all kinds of great designs using shapes. I'm gonna have a look at using the transparency tool. So first thing we're gonna do is going to use a template. So I just had a look in choosing templates, I decided to go for a Pinterest graphic. I just scroll down a few and I came across this one which I thought might be good to demonstrate with. So I click on that, Um, there's a graphic. First thing we want to do is switch out the photos. So we have a look using background photos before If it doesn't already has a background photo, we can literally drag one from here and drop it in here. So let's find another image that we might use. Um was quite skylights. And it's maybe try clouds, see what's available so something like, Ah, this might be pretty good. So I could choose that click and drag and then let go. So we have a nice background changed from the pictures over here. Now this most likely has a filter on it so I can click on filter. No, it's actually under normal, but again, I can change it. However I want. You can use that, um, for analysis, stick with normal, but you can go and apply filter. So they Harry, is your design. Let's have a look at shapes, so come over to the side. Here. I want to go to elements. These are all our elements again. We're gonna go to here and we're gonna click on shapes now, under shapes, they've got loads. Take all of these solid shapes here. These are all free as well. If you keep dragging down, you've got circles, the ones I mainly use of circles and squares. You've got this kind of double circle here, and then you've got loads and loads and loads so you can scroll down and have a look at all the different times of shapes you want to use. He's a great for putting badges into your work frames like this one here. But just to start, we're gonna go for the very basic one, and we're gonna go for a square. So I click on the square that brings it in. I can resize as I've done in the past on Dragon Move. Now, the beauty of shapes is that you can use transparency. So I'm gonna do is I would like this were dream to pop out a bit more, So I'm gonna get this rectangle, you know, in the top. And I'm going to move it across the word here. Now, obviously, that's covering. The words of what you can do is arrange your elements. So up here you have the arranged tool. So I'm going to move that square back behind the lettering. Okay? You can even move it back behind the picture. I want to move it forward. So this is a really good tool. You can align everything up, move things forward and back. Well, I'm with the textile touches that and I can move it around in center. No, I don't want this solid shape here. So ideas just move the text. I might drag it right off the sides. I think that maybe just shorten up a little bit. Um, but what I really want to do is make it transparent. So I have the shape highlight. It can appear to your transparency tool on decide how much transparency you want, so you can bring all the way down all the way up to solid. But I wanted somewhere in the middle just the highlight. The texts from around there. Okay. And then you see, I could put it over the text. A nice little, uh, border has created a nice little label across. Now that really makes the text pop. Okay, so I used these shapes all the time. You could, for example, put another shape down here. We could put a circle up here. We wanted something in there. So, for example, we could choose this circle. I could the size that if I wanted that instead, I could Let's make that a little bit smaller. Now, you see that one is behind. So for this, I want to arrange it back. I'm now. I could move that in front long that up. Perhaps I don't want this one anymore. So I hit. Delete. Just remove that again. You may want to resize on. May be I want that to be transparent. Mine. So So you could do all sorts of things we shapes. I mean, that design is not brilliant, but it gives you an idea of what you can do with shapes. You can use the rectangles, the circles put some text in amongst them. It really out helps the highlights of down here. You've got a while while the others are wishing that it doesn't really stand out against this white background. So I could do something very simple. Put a nice little rectangle on it, lining up with the purple lines. Just that again. I want Teoh. Arrange that back. You can have it solid stands out. You can change the color so I don't want black. I might use a nice orange and then I might make it more transparent just so it comes out like But then again, the white doesn't really work that well. So let's change the white toe a black again. They have it. So just using the shapes, you can produce some really nice effects 7. Illustrations, Icons and Lines: Okay, So in this lesson, we're going to use some of the elements that we haven't had a look at yet. So if you come over to the side and click on elements in this lesson, we're going to have a look. Illustrations. We're gonna have a look. Icons on most specifically lines and lines are really important. And you can see them when you look at all of the templates, the use of lines, people use them really subtly, but has a really useful effect. But to start this ever look at illustrations, so come over here, click on illustrations and can provide you with lots of really cool little graphics. You've got these sorts of ones here, things that planets, buildings, you know, flowers. These kind of things. Loads of different ones they've got. If you want to use them in your designs, so same as with pictures, really, you can just choose something I might want to compass to click on. It brings into design and you can resize it. How you would like you can change the color palette up here, does it of that color I may want say, ready color. You can change out the black to say a green. Very nice. Let's try. Ah, Going back to black. Um, same with the middle. You might want half. That is a yellow Let's have a girl that we looked at before changing three hue of the yellow, uh, like that and you get the idea. So you ca ndrangheta around where you want, you can resize. You can also rotate by clicking on a little button there and rotating. Okay, on that is how you use the icons are those who actually knows illustrations always get confused. This icons administration's very similar. So those are the illustrations, the icons again, loads of free ones. So they're basically made out of lines. Okay, you got loads and loads of different ones. You've got the ones with the color involved bit similar to the illustrations. Um, and you've got just the pure line. Once it is very, very similar. I can choose when I want. If we're going on this adventure thing, let's put a globe in same thing you can resize. You can change the color to match your color theme. You can choose your document colors, So these are the ones that you've already made. So it's very, very useful this if you have used a color you've made, one can ver will give you the document color. So it seems I've got that gold that I've used in the compass here on this pinky color. If I want to match the colors, okay with that. Or perhaps I'd go with that, whichever you want to do resize and use it and use the lines tow, line them all up we got. So that's illustrations and those are icons. They're very, very useful. You can scroll through and you can also search and find the things that you're looking for . Okay, so finally, let's have a look at the lines now before we use the license puts in text in. So just press tea on my keyboard text will come up now I'm going to say, as this week, a compass and a globe. Let's try something like world travel. Now something will notice with Can Va is that when you change the size case, I have to change that to their If I want to just change world and I go say to change that smaller, it changes the whole piece of text within that box case. If I want to words different sizes, I will do world in one box and then I'll Presti bring another box. Let's travel in there and then I can change the size. Okay, so I would do those separately. Let's pick her a better Funt. Let's just try something else. Something like that, mother. Quite nice. Let's make that big a biggest still, Okay? And same with that. Let's go for that front. Let's make the even bigger Make that bold, right? So say, for example, it's line those up. I wanted to say world travel using a line or something across here to split the words or split parts up works really effectively. So what I need to do is come over two lines and they have loads and loads of options. Cable got really fancy ones. Your arrows. You've got all kinds of things you can use in this case. I'm gonna start with a very basic one so you can put a solid lining. Uh, we could start with a Let's try something like a dotted line. So I click on that. It brings in my dotted line. I want that to come in between. I'm gonna get Aiken drag across to resize. I contract from the corner here to resize as well. I can't and I can put my line in like that. That looks nice again. I don't vertically like the color, so let's maybe he's one of our document colors. So use that think. Or if you go for the gold, let's go for the pink. I quite like the pink. So let's try that there so you can see a line. A little line makes such a difference. If you don't like that one, we can just delete. Let's try a solid line like that again. That's changed the colors and you can make all sorts of effects with these lines. If I scroll down, I could use something like, uh, this one and use that here again. I want to put that into my document colors. Andi, Maybe I could try that one again. You could bring one into the side to match, or we could delete that one. We could try something like this one which might link down and they could have above. You know, you get the idea we could change those about delete that we could try something like a solid line. Things work really well and let's try changing the coast there, so it's slightly too long. So let's you know one more. There we go so you can see the lines are really important. That can have such a good effect. There's plenty to choose from, so I would suggest Just experiment with them, see what you can achieve. Andi, have a look in the examples on all the templates and see where people have put the lines to make really good effects. So that's it for lines, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Layouts Part 1: in this lesson. We're going to have a look at making a montage piece, Casey using different photos, perhaps You what? Different photos you want to use post on social media, that kind of thing. How to make a very simple montage piece on my creator design here, rather than using the templates, I'm just gonna make some custom dimensions so you can choose whatever size you're looking for. You can copy the size is actually if you don't. If you want to use something like a Facebook post, for example, underneath it tells you that is 940 pixels by 788 So everyone we could try that 9 40 by 788 Services cheese 9 40 by 7 38 and that will come and give us design. So what you'll notice is on the left, you have all of the layouts, and the's are the frames you will use to put your photos. And there's loads and loads of different options or they give you. So let's go ahead and pick one. Let's pick Juan something like, Ah, perhaps something like, um, that. So, as you can see, you've now got 1234 photos can go into this template. It was actually very easy. What you need to do is go to up loads and choose your photos. Now, I actually wanted to make one. I thought for an example we do maybe something like a surf holiday. Imagine being on the surf holiday. You want to make a little montage? Um, let's have a look. What came up? So I put surfing Andi. They have a few free photos. And Campbell, but not not many. There are some paid ones, but nothing that I would really like to use. So I did what we did previously. Waas I went back to, uh, picks Obey here on downloaded some of these images. So if I go back there, that shows you one of the pictures I downloaded. I loaded them straight up into my up loads like we looked at before, straight in there, and they were ready to use. So once I have my photos in, it's just a case literally of dragging them from here and dropping them into the frame. So first of all, I might choose this once and people on a surfboard I will little drag it and it will choose where you want to put it so I can drag it over to here. That's the one I want. So I let go. So that photo is now in there. OK, but now you have some options you can actually move the photo about. So if you come on the photo and you double click it then allows you to move it. Now, this one hasn't got much movement cake. Not a very large photo. So it won't let me move it left and right. But it will let me move up and down. So I want to get their full head in. So move it down, happy with that. And then I will click up here. You've got the cross or the tick. I'm happy with it. Souls click on tick. So there we are. Next I might put ah, the beach scene in. So if you want to, you can decide where you want it. I'll leave it there again. It's not exactly centered, so I will double click. And now it's a much bigger photos, so it gives me much more option. I can't move up or down, but I can move left and right. So I'll get it. So the sun's centered and then click hand. Okay. Great. And I could put my other two photos in, so I found this one Should thought could work quite well again. I want to just center it exactly where I want it. Okay. And then finally, we've got this surf one here. Okay, That looks quite good like that. But I may want to center it so you can see the lines here underneath the transparency where the center of the picture will be. So I might just put in. Could move him to the right. Actually, that might look quite good, Andi. Okay, so there we have it there. My photos inside my montage. Now, there are other things we can do with the montage. Um, for example, I don't particularly like the white background, so I may want to change it, So I'm gonna go to background again. You could choose black Black works quite well in this one. You could choose a gray. I think she's a color again. You can go to your document colors. You can switch up the color Exactly how you want it. Um, that's going to be looking orange to match. This son might work quite well. Um, we have bright orange and then it's just tone it down a bit. Gold, something like that. My work is again. It's up to you can you can play around with colors, choose what you like. If you don't like it, maybe is go for a solid black and then we'll change the background. And finally, we want to have a look at maybe putting some filters on the photos to give it more off a coherent look. So let's see if we can, but some of our filters. And so I click on this photo here. I'm gonna have a go choosing a filter now with these sorts of documents to make it all look the same. You want to choose one filter and use across all four photos. So again you can try a few out, see what you like best. I want to go for a retro look. That's quite nice. The selfie it's trying. This photo with self is I'm gonna put itself your all of the photos. So you have a coherence across all of the pictures and then finally has put onto this one as well. Across find Selfie. And there you have it. Now the pictures look nicer. You've got the same filter across all of them, and there were nearly done. So finally, if you would like to add a little bit of text has come along to the text module. You could put some standard text in or pick one of these. Nice. I'm examples here. Um, I quite like something like this. You could bring that in. Maybe resize change up the lettering. Maybe right. Wherever you would like to, um, you know, you could move that about here. You could try in different places. I'll leave it there and then maybe because that's white. Maybe the background should also go white. Maybe just centrist a little bit. And there you have it. Your final piece that you can just download and use. However you wish 9. Layouts Part 2: Okay, So in this video, we're gonna have a look at some of the final elements we haven't looked at yet. What? Dennis has come to one of the template. This one was business cards going to choose one such as this. Maybe choose this one here, just delete this element, and we're gonna go across two elements tab on the side here, and that brings up all of our elements. Now, so far we've looked at most was a few we haven't looked at. So there's charts. We're gonna look a chance later on in the course. Okay, because that's about adding data. So bar charts, line graphs, etcetera. When we do our example making in a four documents, we're gonna put some data in on, we're gonna have a good looking at the charts. Then we'll leave that one. You see, this one I love Can ver That's very simple. That's just got a few candor badges, in case you want to. You know, put put something in your work like that just to show that you produced in Canada, you can go ahead and at that in I mean that I don't think you'll use that very often, but that's there. Just in case you want to. On the Final two will look at now are the grids here and the frames. So in the previous lesson, we looked at layouts and we looked at making a montage piece, and that's effectively what your grids are. So the layouts. We've got all our business cards here, but we can add a montage piece in by clicking on grids. So this is just like the grids we had before Lodin. Those of different options where you can create your montage pieces so I could pick something like this, for example, and I'll add on top off whatever I'm working on. But I can resize it so I can click in the corner here, our contract to resize, and then it's just the same as before. I can come over, you know, to some photos, and I could have a go at dragging and dropping some photos in so I could just drag a photo in a frame like that. I could have a go at dragging another photo in, except for it center, so you can just feel it your your grades like that, and you can resize them. I could put this one into here. Same as before. If I don't like that picture there, I can double click on. Then I could just resize inside the frame where I want it and then click on the tick here. And Aiken, bring it out like this. I could you arrange it, move it back. So it's back behind all of the text, and you can, you know, move around and do what you would like with it. Resize it. So that is the grids. Let's get rid of that. And let's have a look at the difference being grids and frames. So if we come down here Teoh frames, you see there quite similar. You've got some of these montage pieces, but you've got all different types of cool looking frames down here. So let's just start with a a montage piece, something like this, similar to what we just had. But if you notice there's no background in between the pictures, once I've got Matt, I can come back to you. Choose any photos, drag and drop, Same as before. We can double click, and you can have a got re sizing where you want the photo on those air, those sorts of frames. But what I find them frames really useful for is I think some really nice effects so I can come in here, scroll down. You've got ones like this which have colors and pictures merged together. Ones like this which are pretty calls. You can click on that and that will put the picture in amongst all these spaces. So let's go back, Teoh photos. You haven't got choosing a photo, something like this, and then that links that cross inside the frame so you could do all kinds of things with frames. Some of the most popular frames are the ones people use often on their websites, um, to show pictures of themselves or pictures of their work. So, you know, things like this maybe having a computer on the, you know, picture inside the computer or a smartphone with a picture. And if especially if you've got your app design, for example, you might want a nice phone layout or a tablet layout. Um, but one of the most popular ones you can scroll through this loads of things like this, just simple shapes, something like a circle, and people often will put their photographing there There portrays what you see on websites . You're the about me section is things like that People put their photos often inside thes So we can just I go back to photos. You know, you could put that in that again. You could resize Andi have a go putting that in there So that that's what frames dio they really great for using for your about me. Page is things like that. So I suggest you come in, check out the frames, scroll down, find the ones you want and then Adam into your pieces of work. 10. Adding pages to a design: Okay, so in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at adding extra pages into your designs. I mean, this is brilliant. If you're working on documents, I mean, for example, you can have a front cover that you might want to add, maybe five or six other pages inside on, then download them and print more is one document. So that wrote works really well for that. But you can do it for all sorts of designs. If you want to produce lots of different examples on, then download them all together. So, for example, I could go to postcard or to show how it works. It's very simple. You open your design, um, come over to hair. Choose, for example, this one now So far, we just had the one design we click on download, and then we have it. But actually you can add more pages. So if you scroll down, you see, just under here is his add new page. So just click there underneath you have your second page. So the first pages at the top scroll down. You have your second page and then you can continue with the theme is above or I could add a different design in here. You see those two pages? Yes. I might want the front of the postcard on the back of the postcard so I could can come at a new page on this time. I'm going to drag the back of the postcard in okay for that one. So sometimes designs have more than one page. You click on it and opens up like this. It says to layouts, if you want to do that, you've got the front on the back. Now, once you have created your designs, you may not want you might not want this one, so I might want to just scared of that. So I've got the front and the back. What want to do is download that document. So just like before I come across to my download button, and this time it's a slight changed. I clicked download on its asking. You want pdf print riches recommended because it's like you're gonna be printing postcards . But that's why Doesn't matter what you want to chew for this one. We just choose J pic again. It says Jay, picked with multiple pages, will be downloaded as a zip file so if I want to download them together, it'll download them. Is it fun to my computer? And I could just open them up, or I could choose, perhaps just to download Page one on Download that, but for now, it's just trying. All pages look thick Download and it will be coming into my folder all together and is it file? And then I could just open that up and extract the images. So I click here in the bottom left and they have image one and image to image. One is the one. We just did that again. We can save that. Oh, image to Okay, obviously, for a postcard, you may want it to be a pdf, but you get the idea. You can produce multiple pages. You can try many, many different designs rather than having to have them in different designs on the dashboard lows and those of different designs. You can have one design but lots of different pages in and download those all together 11. Premium elements within Canva: in this video. I want to talk about downloading paid elements as opposed to free now in this course. Mainly, we're using the free elements, but sometimes you want to use the paid elements. So, for example, let's go down here to poster click on that, and it will bring up all the templates on the side again. Lots of a free but lots of mercy have a little dollar sign which mean that paid. So I scrolled down here. I could find one That's a a paid one like this one. Okay, so it comes up and you can see the part that is paid. Is this image in the background? You can see it's got this cross hatching on it, and it's got the word can for, as you can see in the middle there behind it. So that is the pay element to say. For example, I wanted this image. I wanted this done. I wanted his cross hatching gone on the candle logo gone. I can come down to download as we did before. Choose what I would like someone. It is a J pic. Click on download, and this will come up. Purchase your premium elements. So it tells you here, what is the premium element? And that is this photo. So the text is not premium. The anything you're paying for is the picture. So it tells you here, you can either buy 11 credits for $10. We can make a one time $1 purchase for this photo so you can come down here. You can put your card number and card details in purchase and download. Okay, So if you do want to buy something, it's something you really like. And there Go ahead, pay the dollar and the or download, and you won't have all those lines and everything on your work. If you like the template. However, because lots of really good pay templates you just don't want to pay the dollar. You could keep all the text on the template and just literally switch out this photo. So if I click on the photo here, I could either press the delete on my keyboard. I can click on the little trash can and I was going to Delhi image, and that's gone. Okay, so that is now gone. And I can put my own image in behind. So if I want coffee beans, just like the previous one, see what comes up again? Most These ey're paid for, however, that this thing to be one good free one. So I'll click on that track that in. That's pretty good. So it's the pretty much the same design. But with a new picture free picture again, I could choose the filters. I could maybe change that up a little bit on click. OK, that's fine Again you obviously the text would you need a bit more work on so you can read a bit more clearly. But that's the basic concept. You can switch out the paid element put in a free element. And now if I go to download, I can choose what I want. Click on download, and I won't be asked to pay anything now because I've taken out the paid picture. So this will just come up as a normal free download down here. Pick on that and you have to download for free as before