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Creating Geometric Art in Canva | CANVA BASICS #2

teacher avatar Josephine Tendo, Facebook Ads Strategist | Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro : Geometric Art with Canva

      0:51
    • 2. Basic Concepts : Geometric Art with Canva

      0:42
    • 3. Class project : Geometric Art with Canva

      0:48
    • 4. Geometric Art Example 1

      5:44
    • 5. Geometric Art Example 2

      3:04
    • 6. Geometric Art Example 3

      5:57
    • 7. Conclusion : Geometric Art with Canva

      1:42
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About This Class

Design can sometimes feel like a huge and intimidating thing when you're a beginner. However, it doesn't have to be, and I'll show you just how to get started in this course.

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Creating Geometric Art in Canva is a simple class that opens up beginners to the world of design. It's a fun and experimental class that is aimed to help you open up your mind and get those creative juices flowing.

I'll be teaching you three basic design concepts in this class;

  • Symmetry and Asymmetry
  • Negative Space
  • Contrast

Don't worry about memorizing these concepts; I go through them in detail in the course, and I created a PDF that you can reference in the class project as well, so go ahead and download that.

With these three design concepts, you'll learn how to create simple yet impactful designs without having to hire a graphic designer. There are no hard and fast rules to this class; it's a chance for you to play with the tool and see what you can come up with. This allows you to let you ideas flow freely, and also trains your eye to see what looks good when it comes to design.

In the future we will be adding on to these basic concepts to create even more complex designs. And the best part is you can use these designs in your branding for social media, to create t-shirt designs, and so many other things.

If you're a complete beginner to Canva in general, don't worry about it. It's a simple tool to use, and I have a free class here on Skillshare that teaches you just how to get started using Canva.

So with that said, let's jump straight into creating the designs!

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Josephine Tendo

Facebook Ads Strategist | Content Creator

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Hi. My name is Josephine. My friends call me Jojo, and I'd like to think we're friends, so you can call me Jojo too.

I'm an overall creative human that is always learning new ways to DIY something in my life.

I make content marketing videos for a living, so I'm always on the hunt for what's working in the content marketing world.

And that's what inspires my courses.

I want to help as many people as possible learn to create personalized content for themselves, whether it's for a small business, or for a personal brand, or even if it's just for fun.

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1. Intro : Geometric Art with Canva : hi and welcome to this course and creating geometric art with Can Va many Miss Josephine and I'll be instructor for the course. The main purpose of this course is to teach your mind to think freely about designer to know. Just explore and remove any mental blocks that you may have around design on. Also, to train your eye to know what looks good when it comes to design. By the end of this cost, you should be comfortable using the colors to the copy tool, the transparency tool, as well as the shapes tool to create different kinds of designs. And if you're completely new to convert, don't worry about it. I have a free course called Convert Basics that teaches you the A to Z of getting started with convert. So without further ado, let's get started treating geometric art of camper 2. Basic Concepts : Geometric Art with Canva: There are three main concepts that we're going to explore as we go through this course, the first honest symmetry and asymmetry which deals with how things line up within a design . The second is negative space, which is any blank space that she leave intentionally in a design, and we'll see the effects that it can have on a design. The Fed one is contrast, which is something that we usually use for emphasis. Now conscious can come in terms of shape in terms of color or in terms off size. Don't worry about memorizing this concept right now. I have a PdF attached to this course that you can use as a reference. All right, let's jump into the project. 3. Class project : Geometric Art with Canva: for our class project. Go ahead and jump to convert and pick two shapes and a maximum off three colors and just play with them in different combinations on different styles to see what what designs you can come up with. Remember, the point of this is just to unblock your mind when the concert is and I just just play, think freely. It's It's really supposed to be a fun exercise. Okay, if you feel like making it challenging, go ahead and set yourself 15 minutes to treat a design and treat up to three designs. You'd be surprised at what you can come up with so ever really created three designs and I'm gonna walk you through them and kind of give you a bit of what I was thinking about as they treated them. So let's jump into the product 4. Geometric Art Example 1: All right. Welcome, Teoh. Our first project. So I'm gonna head and opened up in a social media fat, because for this you don't really need any specific dimensions. Let me. First of all, we name it so that I know exactly what it is. So just meaning this Geo Metric art project. I think that's good enough. And with done so, Like I said, inventor of this course, we're gonna be limiting ourselves to two shapes and a maximum off three colors. So for this first project, what I'm gonna play with First of all, let's play with a circle and the line lying. Yeah, I think I'm going to do so. I'll just go over here to the far left to my elements and move over to First of all, let me pick a lane. So as you can see, comfort gives you a variety of different kinds of lines and arrows. And what have you But I just wanted to leave. So, um, right off the bat, I'm thinking this Lang is a little bit thick for me. So what I'm gonna do is effect, like over here on this one of the corner on handles on drug in West. It creates a much thinner line. I think a like this, the thickness of that. And then I can click on one of reasons of the side and stretch it out to a completely different length. And now stretch it out all the way across the page and to the point that even bleeds off until it's centered like that. So whenever you see these, these purple lines appearing, it means your object dissented. So right now it's center. From left to right. I might as well move it and center it up and down as well right there. Now my land is perfectly centered on this land, kind of like a jumping rope. So let me move over to bathroom elements and go over to me shapes, and I will select a circle now automatically will come in as a black circle, which I don't really want. So I still make it smaller and then we're gonna do is I'll change the color to something like, Let's go with Red. Quite nice. Happy in vibrant. Yeah, I like that. So let's start with that. And again, let's tummy limit killed many places. Hey, actually, yeah, that's a cool idea. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on this line, and I'm going to copy its with a P and the top rated. Consider what copy When we do is copy it a few times. Like maybe let's see a copy. It maybe three times to three. So it's created for me feelings like this. So what I'll do is offer select this one. I'll reposition it so that it's back in the center and then I'm gonna click of this little button that looks like it's a recycling button and just doesn't it irritates my objects of men irritated like that, and then I don't want to cross over my red circle. So what I'm gonna do is click on a range a move it back. So that police is it behind my red dots. So yeah, so I'll do the same thing for these others. Not now that I look at it. I think I'm witness someone actually believe this. This this was a plan because I don't actually know where to place it. Okay, so that's looking interesting so far. So what I could do now is maybe go ahead and let's see what happens if I copy this circle as well. Just once reposition it. I'm gonna make it bigger and place it back in the center. But what I want to do is now I'm going to change the color to something more that same mustard yellow, something along because it's another color. They like something like that. So that's something different. But now it's covering up my red dot, which kind of beats the purpose. So again, I'm gonna. But I'm I don't know, Maybe I don't think I like. I don't think I like that very much. So I'm gonna do is actually wanted to leave that stuff because I like the simplicity off this. The thing of the thing I like about this particular design is the lines are pointing down to the red circle and this the fact that the circle is read, it automatically draws your eye to the center. And the reason something like this is really good in design is it automatically draws your attention. So if there was something else in your design that you really wanted to bring attention to , it would come immediately to the center or even just on its own as a cool T shirt design. I think that would work really well. Maybe where I can, when I can do is play around with the colors of the lanes. Let's see what happens if I change this to Let's see this degree right here. Nothing going. I want to make it a dark agree like that. Yeah, I think like that. And when you're changing colors, you have the option to change all your colors that are black, from black to that grave selected. So just go ahead and click that so automatically change the other two colors. Sam, I like the look of this and yeah, voila! Just a simple as a red dot on a few gray lines and have a piece of art. It's abstract like us. The end of that. That's how easy it is. So the thing I like about this particular piece is it's it's pretty much symmetrical. Everything is centered, everything is proportional to each other. So whichever way you look at it, you could for this piece of if it was a piece of people, you'd fold it in half. And so this this does This design is a good example of playing with symmetry, and it's also a good example of playing with color contrast because because, like the red just completely stands out from the from the almost black length on the white background, it immediately captured the attention. And that's the power off playing with contrast when you're designing something all right, cool sold. 5. Geometric Art Example 2: all right. He went designed to I'm going to stick with the exact same colors and with exacting shapes . So what I'm gonna do first is I'm gonna click on my circle. That's a large circle. So I'm going to make it small, like, really small like this. And then I'm gonna go ahead and place it dead center like this. And our first of all change back to my grades because I kind of like that. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on my circle, and I'm gonna copy it quite a few times. So let me just go ahead and do that. And now I can reposition my circle so that they line up in the street lane jersey. Like this. Right? So right now we're seeing that my my cycles are pretty much in a straight line, but we have a bit of a gap here that we don't have here. So what I'm gonna do to fix that is I'm gonna click and drag over all of them. Andi, with that, I can actually go ahead and scale them and then just play around with their position until it's dead center. Now, this year's again, Again is a good example off playing with symmetry. So right now it looks kind of interesting, but that this isn't anything, really that's capturing matins. Now, this is where I want to play with color contrast. So I'm gonna go and just let's pick this circle. What I'm gonna do is a money changer, collateral red and boom immediately. That gives you so much interest because now your eyes immediately drawn to this circle. And you're like, Why is that circle there? The way I imagine it, it's It's like those ads that you see like it's a bunch of black umbrellas in this one. Read on balance, extend from the crowd. This is kind of the same idea behind it. So, yeah, that's a That's kind of a power off playing with colors and color contrast. So let me introduce the lane just for interest. And then I think I'll just place it somewhere like this at the bottom, Mother makes it look even more interesting. Yeah, but now here, when I want to do, is play with the positioning of your objects. Now how far forward an object is 1/2 a back? It is actually has an impact on your design. So right now the line is running across the top of every single thing. But what if I went to my red circle collected? If you go up here to arrange and look forward and just keep clicking forward and look, it just came to the very top that there makes it stand out even more because it's looking like all these other people are held by this one BlackBerry and they can't get through. And this red guys just like, No, I will not be held back. You see? You see how you can begin to have fun with this and begin to, um, add personality to a design just just playing around with conscious like this? Yeah, I think I'm kind. I'm quite happy with this, and I think I'm gonna leave it at that because it's very simple. It's very minimalist on it immediately captures your attention. So with that, let's move on to design number three 6. Geometric Art Example 3: Okay, so here we're in design three again. I'm going to play with my exact same shapes. But in this one, I want to really plan with asymmetry, and I want to play around with differences in sizes. So once again, here's the line. This time I think I'm gonna leave it to be quite thick. So what I'll just do restricted out across the page because I think that's interesting. But it's so leaving it in the center. How about drop it about 1/3 of the way down the page? That's beginning to look interesting already, isn't it? Yeah. And now, just for kicks. All my previous lines have been black. So how? But I just changed this one to read this time. It's like, Okay, now that's beginning to look interesting. This is now a good example of asymmetry, because if you see the top half, it's about 2/3 of the picture. On the bottom is about 1/3 of the way Playing out with those were proportions just gives you some visual interest, and it usually works best if you work with inside or threes. With that principle remained. What I'm gonna do is bring in three circles. Yeah, I'll just move it over here, and what I'm gonna do is change it to a three. Yeah. Then what I can do is just expand it a little bit and then even have a bleed off the page a bit. Yeah, that's really making look interesting. Let's say we bring the transparency down to about 80% now. Last creates a different if it doesn't it. Yeah. So what I can do now is create a copy off this circle like this. Move it over. Listen to this other side. And then what money do is actually make it quite a bit smaller than the original one and maybe just have it on the bottom side like this. But now, instead of having it over the red line, I want to have it behind the red line. So Mineral rangers and move it back. That's different, isn't it? So, again, this almost now looks like you playing with balance. So let's see. Let's just for kicks. Let's add another circle. So just copy this. This one where it can do that is let me make it dead center with this lane, as you can see, it's even intersecting with the biggest circle. Yeah, and what I can do is make it just the medium size, actually between the two and centered again. Just like that. But not just for kicks. Leads managed to our mustard. Now I want to arrange it so that the line is going over the yellow circle, but still behind the great circle. Because remember when we said the positioning of your elements has an impact? Yah. So let's see what that does, so that brings the great circle over it. And then that brings the red line over. Right now, if I can just go back just a little bit back to where we work, can you see the difference in when the yellow is over the gray buses, how it looks when the gray is over the yellow? That's a completely different effect all together. So this is why it's it's It's a good idea to play around with the positioning of your objects. Remember again I want may focus to be the red line over the yellow, so I'll just go ahead and click back one more time. Then let's see what happens if I go back to this big gray circle. If I click arranged and send it back now it's behind the red line, which is not exactly where I wanted to be. So this is becoming interesting. Sometimes you have to play around with these things a few times before it suddenly begins to make sense. So let's bring about for it. So it's over the green like that. And, yeah, this is beginning to look interesting. But now there's this weird white space over here that I think doesn't make that much sense . So what I could do with this great circle is let's make it bigger and then not that big numbers because everyone still smaller and then still bring it over here like this. Yeah, and just for kicks, that's arrange it and bring it forward Fairly cool. Let's see what happens if we bring this forward once. No, that doesn't quite work. And a lot of this sometimes is trial and error free to get the exact look that you want at this point is beginning to almost look like we have some kind of weird solar system situation going on. So just to complete this weird wait space, I'm gonna draw another circle. Just copy this one. Make it much smaller and just send it right. Yeah, and for kicks. I will leave it, Ray, just so that the yellow one stands out. Yeah, Yeah, I think I like how that's looking. It's weird. It doesn't make sense. But then at the same time, I like how it looks, and that's a joy of playing on some of these things. It doesn't need to make absolute sense. It just needs to look good to you. And to me. This looks good on what we're talking about. This Let's talk about negative space. Do you see all off this white space that we have up here? This is what we call negative spaces is where we don't have anything going on in our design . In this case, it hopes for you to focus your attention on the lower 2/3 of this. This is where the designers, but also if you do want to ab text, a good idea would be to place your text somewhere over here because it's blank. The fact that so much blank space appear forces you to look down and then the fact that we have descending sizes of circles. It forces your eyes along a certain path. So, yeah, that's it for all our projects. And, yeah, go ahead and create your own. I hope these inspired you. I would love to see you. And while we're talking about sharing when you're done with your designs, you can just go ahead up here to the top, right and click on download. You can leave it as a PNG, so that way it's high quality. So just go ahead and don't with them. It would don't know does fell, which is fine. We can just always unzip it on yeah, share designed to that. I would love, love, love to see them because I think it's just a fun thing to do. 7. Conclusion : Geometric Art with Canva: I hope you enjoyed creating those designs on me here. A few more tips and tricks that can help you as you go through your designs. One player with the capacity to which is also called the Transparency, too. It can give you interesting combinations of colors that you are not expecting without you having toe add extra colors, which is why it's a good idea to keep your cholesterol maximum off. Three. My second ship is to try policing your shapes in summer that isn't that obvious. For example, instead of placing your circle right in the middle, maybe you could place it a bit to the left or a bit to the right, or even in one corner on interesting typist. Even let it bleed off the page completely so that it's just a portion of the sucker that we can see. Another thing to think about is the order in which is stuck. Your objects in your design can have an effect on what the overall design looks like. For example, the corner of a triangle cutting into a circle would look completely different than if the circle is in front off the triangle and the triangle tip seems to be cut off. So go ahead and play with that and see what what you can come up with. And my final tip is just have fun with this. There's no wrong way to do this. There's no right way to do this. The point, remember, is to just open your mind and train your eye to see what looks good. I hope you've enjoyed this class. Remember the hoping to this was to just have fun and to unblock your man creatively. So if ever you feel stuck with the design, just go ahead and do the same exact exercise over and over again. Trust me, you'd be surprised at how much you can learn over time in upcoming classes were going to build on these concepts with things like text and images to help you create even more well rounded designs that you can use for your social media and all your marketing efforts. So until Ben, bye bye