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The 1-Hour Canva Quick Start Challenge

teacher avatar Greg Radcliffe, Photographer | Designer | Entrepreneur

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8 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting to know the Canva Interface

    • 3. Cropping and Resizing Images

    • 4. Selecting, Grouping, and Positioning Elements

    • 5. Precisely Aligning Text in Canva

    • 6. Understanding Grids and Frames

    • 7. Additional Helpful Resources

    • 8. Thank You

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About This Class

No one enjoys the frustration that comes with learning something new. WHY WON'T THIS WORK! I'M GOING TO THROW MY COMPUTER OUT THE WINDOW!

Hey, I get it. We've all been there. There's nothing more frustrating in today's busy modern world then feeling stuck. That's why I'm here to help with this 1-hour Canva Quick Start Challenge!

My name is Greg and I am a Canva Certified Creative who has been working with design software for over 2 decades (multiple years w/Canva). Give me 1 hour and I will give you the confidence and the know-how you need to work efficiently in Canva. Even though I believe Canva has a really smart streamlined user interface, there are still things that can trip you up and I'm here to make sure they don't!

Becoming proficient and starting to excel in any software requires at least a little time commitment. I'm here to put you on the fast track to success in Canva in just 1 hour.

We'll cover:

  • The User and Project Interface
  • tips and tricks for resizing images and elements
  • how to select, group, and position elements
  • how to precisely position text elements in relation to each other and the page
  • the real power of grids (which everyone usually misses)
  • some of the best keyboard shortcuts for saving time
  • additional tools/resources that will help you on your journey
  • and more!

And this course is FREE! You have no excuse. The time you can save by watching this course will greatly exceed the ~1 hour it will take to watch all the lessons. So, let's learn Canva together.

I look forward to helping you on your journey.


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Greg Radcliffe

Photographer | Designer | Entrepreneur


Hi, my name is Greg. I have spent the last 2 decades of my professional career as a designer, a photographer, a programmer, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. I'm also a husband and a father of 3 so I have a great appreciation for everyone seeking to find the right work/life balance. That's one of the reasons I'm so passionate about teaching others not just the software skills that will drive their professional lives forward, but also the smart workflow approaches that will give them back time.


My main areas of focus are design and photography, but I also love programming, database design, and pretty much anything related to entrepreneur life.


I look forward to sharing with you my knowledge of (and passion for) software. My goal is to not... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Have you ever felt like this? We're like this. Well, if so, you're not alone. We've all experienced this frustration while attempting to learn something new. But don't worry. In this course, I'm gonna help you go from feeling like this to feeling like this. Whether you're completely new to Campbell or you've been using it for a little while. Give me one hour for time and I will have you working more efficiently incompetent within Canada. My name is Greg. I'm a campus certified creative. And in this course, I'll show you how to avoid some of those common hair pulling frustrating moments that you can run into and also just cover a lot of the basic tricks that they're gonna help you work more efficiently so that you save time again and again when used. Campbell, we'll talk about navigating your way around the interface on launching new projects. We'll talk about working with images, will cover tips for positioning and aligning elements tales removing elements up and down in the layer. Step over how to work attacks and tips for precisely aligning text along with a bunch of other tips all designed to help you work more efficiently again. Go for this course is to pack in his much foundational, helpful information. It is really going to help you really get comfortable. Working canvas is an amazing tool for graphic design. So let me help you go from this and wanting to do this to feeling like this. Let's learn Campbell together. 2. Getting to know the Canva Interface: Okay, This is a camp, a quick start challenge. So let's get you up to speed quickly with all those little things that are going to get you working efficiently within Gamba. So, first on, when you launch into Campbell, you get a start screen like this and you can create a new design by clicking the button. Here. You can search here for whatever sort of template you want, or if you go down here, you'll see more categories as well as all the designs you've also created. So, for example, if I come up here, I could type in Instagram if I wanted to create something related to Instagram. It's gonna start finding those pre made templates assets that Instagram has, and it's gonna show me choices here. I could also find a thing. Same thing if I go down here and I start looking through the different features. So there's Instagram. There is Facebook posters, posters, the same thing. If I come over here to create a design, it's going to give me this big, long list of all these categories that can bejust, has ready to go. And so you choose any one of these or you click here, you can even create a project with custom dimensions. But so once you know what you want to create, it's just a simple matter of clicking on it. And Campbell will launch a project and then you're in the project interface. Now, with Winter in the Project interface, you're going to see this menu on the left, which gives you all the different elements within campus or templates, photos, elements, texts, videos, backgrounds, up loads of folders. And then you're going to see more choices here based on what you have selected here. So as I select different things here, you'll notice that this change is now This is your actual project work area over here and then up top. You're going to get some different things. Everything on the right is sort of universal, and things on the left will change based on what you have going on in the project interface . Okay, sorry with me. All right, Now let's move forward and go through some of these elements just to show you all the little tricks and things that are gonna maybe trip you up if you don't know what to do. But once you know these little tricks. You're gonna work efficiently with Camba. It really is an intuitive program. Okay, so let's start with this little left menu here and work our way down just to go over some of the different things you can add to your project. And then after that, we will look at what are some of the tricks for moving things around and things like that. Let me return to the top here, and we will started this. Templates tap. So templates are basically pre made designs that are a part of Camba. This was one of the things that makes camp a great is. They have so many projects and designs that conserve as good starting points. So you don't have to start from zero. So if you come in under this template tat templates tab, right now I have this category selected below. So let me just back out of this by the fault. It's probably gonna look like something like this where you see a whole bunch of different categories. So event, poster advertising, school post or photo poster. So if you see a category that makes sense, you can go farther in there by clicking see all and see even more templates that fit that category. You could also search up here and search for two particular ah, theme that you want to get under and see those designs. So anyways, these are just pre made designs. And if you just click on the design, it's gonna automatically populate over here as your starting point for your project. Of course, you're still gonna come in here and change text. You can change the design, so it's all edible. Once you put it in there, it just gives you a starting point, right? Okay. And so if you click on any template here, it's gonna replace that template on the active page. So if I click on this one, it's just going to keep overriding so you don't have to drag anything over. All you have to do is click once on the template you want, and it's gonna overwrite what's over ever over here. Now, if I wanted to have a new page here, I could click on a new page. And then, of course, then if I click on a template, it's gonna populate that new page with the template that I choose and I still have that other template up there. So these air templates, they're just great starting point. So if you find something that makes sense, you don't have to start from zero off course you can. But if you find something that you like, you can go ahead and add it in there. Next tap is the photos tab. And so hopefully that's pretty self explanatory. This is where you find photos. So once you have templates, for example, if I don't like this picture here once I have my photos tab, I can just go in and drag and drop new photos. Right. So the photos tab you can. Same thing. You can search up here. You can find all different kinds of photos. They're free ones. There are other ones that are premium elements that you sometimes have to pay for. We'll go over that in a minute. Okay, so that's photos. Now, I'm not gonna have time to go through all of these in detail. Otherwise is will not be a quick start challenge. It'll become a longer challenge. But just know these are the where you find the other elements that you can add to Canada, so under elements have a lot of vector artwork within different categories. You can add charts. You can add grids and frames within which you can then populate with pictures. So the little placeholders where you can add and then you put the content within that placeholder. So you have that you have lots of vector artwork, things like that all under this elements tap here. Then you have text that's pretty self explanatory. That's where you can add text to your project and then videos. Videos is relatively new to cancel, but yes, you can add video. You can trim video. You can put different video clips together. You can now do some cool stuff with video camera, and you find it all under this video's tap. Then you have backgrounds and so background. Let me just show you backgrounds real quick, since they are a little different. So if I add a background to my page, this is actually a background here. Backgrounds can be color, or they can actually be an image. So let me just show you right now. Once you have a background, when you create a new page, it's gonna carry over that background. So if I go under background, I will find things that are beyond just regular colors. So you have these different patterns. So if I were to take this one here and just click on it to bring it in, it's my background, which there we go. Ah, then when I click a new page, it's gonna carry over the background, so background. It's exactly what you think it is. It's a background element. It's the very back layer of your design. Ah, so in other words, it's locked in there. You can sometimes size it up a little bit, but it still takes over the whole screens. You're just changing the scales. In other words, if I click in on this one, a double click and get in there, I can do a couple things. I can move it around, but it's going to stay, taking up the whole page at any time to create a new page. It's gonna copy over the background, so that's backgrounds. And so these are all the different elements you could add to Canada and in the last couple tabs here, up close or just for you upload files. So if you have your own pictures, your own elements that you want to add in there. You do that under uploads folders, depending on whether you have the free or the paid version of camera. You have some number of boulders, for you can store your pictures, you console your projects, things like that. So that's folders. And then I'll just more tap. I won't get until everything under here, but you can connect, can bow with lots and lots of different platforms now. So you can Google to connect to your Google drive your dropbox. So if you have things stored in there that you wanna work with in Canada, you can do all of that under that more tab. Okay, so I know we rushed through that really quickly. We are going to slow it down a little bit now, but I just wanted to get for all of this. So now we can start going over the tips. Once you actually start working with elements in your design that are really going to help you get out of the box, quickly. Make sure you avoid some of those pitfalls some of those time sinks, and you just work efficiently in camera. So we're gonna start all of that in the next challenge video, and I will see you there. 3. Cropping and Resizing Images: Okay, let's get going with the camp. A quick start challenge. We're gonna now start looking at actually working with photos and different elements in your design. How you resize these elements. How do you position these elements were going to give you all the right tricks so you can work very efficiently. Okay, let's dive right in. Okay. I have two things on screen right now. I have this shape here, which is just a rectangle. And then we also have this picture here of this horse. And so let's start talking now about some of the basics. But then also, what are these little tricks that are just going to save you a lot of time? Okay, first thing here. Ah, when you click on the element, a lot of times you're going to see these corner points here and then also these center points which you see on the side. So if I drag in from any corner, it's starting to resize my element. So it's scaling it up and down, and then it looks like and also like, I'm re sizing here, but it's actually doing a little something different, which we're gonna notice. It's not gonna matter with a rectangle but is gonna matter here. Ah, with this horse picture. So this is a picture. So same thing drag from the corner up and down, right, scaling up and down. However, if I start to drag from one of the sides, I see that now what it's actually doing is cropping my frame. So you noticed that the horse picture it's staying the same sweet dimensions in terms of the horse itself there, right? But what it's doing is it's cropping the frames. In other words, you can control what portion is showing and you do that with east side handles here. And then if you want the whole thing to scale up and down, that's when you use the corner points. So corner points for scaling up and down. And then these points here are sort of for cropping the image. Now you can also double click and we'll take you in here and then you're moving your picture around, so double click to get in that frame, and then once you have what you want, you can just double click to get out or click anywhere and you're back out now, once you have any of these. With both of these, you can just click on it. And once it selected, you'll see this blue rectangle box around it. And then you can move it around the same thing with a picture. Click on it. You can move it around. And you also noticed this rotational handle here. And you can use that rotational handle to go ahead and change the rotation if you want. No, let me just show you one more important example were re sizing is going to come into play. So I'm sitting under my elements tap and I will grab out a line. So if you come down here eventually, you're gonna see this line. So if you click on, see all you can see a whole bunch of different lines that you might want to have with your project. I'll just take this first fault line there, and I'm gonna put that in, and I'll also go down on my text app here, and I'll just add a heading in here. So here is my heading and I won't move it up on the page. Of course you can underlined headings with this little button here and so you can add something like that. But what if I want to take total control so I'm going to get rid of that and get rid of that. You may want to add your own line and be able to style your own line. So that's where we go. Underlines that. Add something like this. Here's the problem. If I just try to take this line and I just try to position it under here or resize it so I could drag it up and say, OK, I've lined up that side. Now I'm gonna drag this down and I'm gonna position this site here, Okay? What if I want to change the thickness off this line? If I scale it up and down the line changes in terms of thickness. But what if I wanted it to stay this thick or what if I wanted to be thinner than it is now ? When I get to this, am I just stock with whatever it happens to be? When I size it down to the with, I want No, you're not stuck. This is again where these quarter points and decide handles are going to come into play. So let me show you what I mean when you have a line to control sort of the thickness of the line, just use these points and get that first to what you want. So if I wanted it to be a decline, let's just say I wanted something really thick so I could do this first, and I could get it really thick then to control the actual with across your screen. That's when you use these side handles. So now with these two handles working in unison, you can really get whatever size line you want and then position it wherever you want. So again, once can. If I want it is to be a thin line. I'll drag down first, get lice and thin. Then I will drag out, get the ah with across the screen that I want and then position it as needed. So it's very crucial these corner points and then these side points working in unison. A lot of the times is gonna how your is going to be, how you get things precisely the way you want him. If you just try to do one, you make it stuck. But if you remember you can use both of these in different ways. Then you're really gonna be able to get to what you want. Now. One more thing I will mention with this as I start to drag this down really thin. Maybe I do want a really thin line. Well, I can't quite get to that side handle any more. That's when you have to remember that you can zoom down here using this little zoom Ah, menu at the bottom. Ah, la times. You will just have this set to fit, and it's gonna fit your design on page. But if you want to come in tighter, that's when sometimes you're going to get that little side handle back. So if you lose that and you can't quite get in there and it's on Lee, given you these corner handles, just get in a little closer used. Assume you'll be able to find what you want. So that's just how you would come in here, change the thickness of a line you're gonna use thes control handles, get the thickness the way you want and then size at the way you want. So again, size it. Let's make it thicker, and then you can do whatever you want. OK, so hopefully that's helpful 4. Selecting, Grouping, and Positioning Elements: Let me just go back under elements. I'm just gonna grab and add a rectangle to my page. I'll make it smaller, and then I'll go into my text tab and I will just add some text to the penny chills. Click right up here, toe. Add this texts. Now I think I just clicked on it twice and my computer is running a little slow. So let's all there we go heading. Okay, so now I've got some text. And now I have this rectangle. Alright, So resize is rectangle out. I will take my text. I will drag it up there. Now you may have noticed as I'm dragging things around the screen, you do start to see these little helpful guys. And so one thing camera is good at is it displays thes smart guides and then a lot of time . If you're close to something like the center of the page or another object, you'll feel a little snap and you'll see that guide and it clicks right into position. So Canada has this smart snapping that helps you move in position things on the page. So if I wanted to get this rectangle exactly center in the page, I would come in and still I see that guide and I would drag it down and then, boom, I get those crosshairs. I have it exactly snapped to the center of the page. So just look for those little snapping things. They were very helpful, and you'll see them with an object in relation to the page, but and also objects in relation to each other. And so I'll snap this to the center, and I see those guides. But what if this was off center here? Well, it's still gonna show me those guides for the rectangle itself. So they show those guys not only for when something is in relation to the page but also objects in relation to each other. Okay, so if you click off anything So now my background selected, I can click off anywhere it's gonna un select. Ah, so you click on an object re selects that object to click on another one, but so were also remember, click and drag. You can select the multiple things. OK, so that's one way dislike multiple things. You can also use shift click. So if I have something selected, I have this rectangle selected, have a hold down shift and then click on another object. Now they're both selected. Now, when they're both selected, I can move him around together. Well, when you have multiple object selected, you could also group them together, and that could be handy. So if I click this group button up here, then suddenly I have both of these objects group. So, you know, is I clicked off of them. Nothing is selected now. Gonna click back on either one of them. It's automatically going to select them both because they're group together and I can move them around. So that's very candy. And in more ways than you initially realize, because watch me on groups, these for second. So now you see, if I click on one, just that one thing is selected, right? So they're no longer grouped. And so now if I was gonna come into this heading with the objects no longer grouped, and I decided that I wanted to add a line to and then even a lying three. You see how that spills out of that background box now? Maybe I wanted to be contained in the box. Why could come and then expand it down. But that is something that grouping will actually help you with. So I'm gonna take control Z, which is just a keyboard shortcut to undo a command so that would be commands thee on. A Mac controls the on windows, so controls the once, and I'll just a couple more times to give her that text. Now, we saw what happened when I just added those lines. Watch this. I'm gonna select them both. I'm gonna group them. And now what's watch? What happens this time with them grouped. You can still go in when objects are grouped and work on an individual element so I can still grow it, go in and add more text. But when I do watch flying to line three. So when you group text in a background element like this like a rectangle and the text is contained within that, then when you add a new line, the background object is gonna automatically expand to you know, so it totally contains your text. So that is really cool. You can imagine how this would be handling and it does save you time. Now. Of course, you can always on group it and you can always come in and you can resize that. But just know, when you do have them group together, then they will expand to the text will stay contained within that background element. Okay, that's pretty cool, But let's move on to some new tricks. So I'm just going to delete this text for now, I'm gonna resize this rectangle down, so it's pretty small. So there we go. And what I'm gonna do now is just drag out some copies. Now you can copy something by using the keyboard shortcut control. See your command C, which you probably know from different programs that will copy something so it will copy the selected object. And then if you hit a command to us, see or control me command V or Control V, that is the command for paste. And so I can paste out other objects. But there's actually even easier way to do it with something highlighted like this. If you just hold down the old key and then just drag out, it's gonna automatically drag out. Now, when I do that, you'll notice that I start to see these blue guides and canvas starts to give me a measurement off the distance between the objects. So now there's 0.6 between those. If I drag another one out and I look for that 0.6 again, that could be very helpful, because that could allow me to evenly spaced something. Now Campbell does not always, always give those smart guides. But a lot of times when you're positioning things like that, it does give you those smart guides that can be helpful. But as with the case with other things, Ah, lot of times there's an even better way. So let me just reposition these all over the page. Now you can imagine if I wanted to drag him out and use that smart guy could get him all positioned. You know very nicely with that snapping that we've seen in those smart guys that we just saw. But once again, there is an even better way. So imagine that I wanted something to span from this side of the page to this side of the page, but I wanted those to be in line and evenly spaced. Okay, so if I select all of these, then I can come down here under this position or up here, I should say under position. And then you have all of these options for aligning things. So if I wanted them to be left line, everything could move the left of the page. But in this case, I want them to be spaced evenly, horizontally. So I'll do that. And then I want them to all be sort of center aligned or middle aligned. I should say year. And so if I do that Boom, they all snap together now. Yeah, If I had chosen top or bottom, they would have actually done the same thing because these are the same size. But let me just size a couple of these differently and actually get rid of a few year because we don't need all these. But let me just make a couple different, a couple of little different just so we can see what this is doing. So if we go here and I come back on the position, you can see that's OK Now the middles are lined. This is what top of line would look like. This is what bottom line will look like. So these are all very explained, self explanatory full around in here. But this can be very helpful when you're looking to space objects quickly. And of course, alignment and things like that could be very crucial in design work. So this is very helpful tohave this panel here. Ah, but let me just leave them all for a second. I just want to show you that when you have multiple objects because, like that selected, then you're positioning objects in relation to each other. But if you were, just have one object selected that this menu changes and then you're positioning things based on the page, right? So the middle of the page, the top of the page, the bottom of the page of the right of the page, the left of the page. And so, of course, with the smart guys, this isn't that hard to do without this, But it is just another handy menu and another way of doing things. Often, times were multiple ways to do things in Canberra. Okay, we just covered a lot very quickly. So let's take a breath. Let's take all that in, and then I'll see you in the next video, coming right up with even more cool tricks. All right. I'll see you in a minute. 5. Precisely Aligning Text in Canva: Welcome back to this camp. A quick start challenge in this video, we're going to be looking at how you precisely positioned things like text within Canada. Okay, So anything on screen when you click in it, any double clicking, you're inside the text box. Now you have these handles on the side where you can actually adjust the size of the text. And, of course, how the text repositions itself or whether it does depends on what the alignment is here. So now, because it's center aligned, it's always gonna move to stay in the center of that text box. But of course, if I had it, something like left the line like here, then you would always have this edge anchor to the left. So as a drag out on this side, nothing happens. Of course, if I drag out on this side, it would move with me as I drag it out, because it has now left the line. So that is just crucial to understand where the text is going to be anchored, how it's gonna reposition, because that's going to be crucial when you're trying to line up dick. Different text elements who are trying to line up the text with other elements in your design. So if I wanted the lineup this heading here in this box down below, I could drag it down here. Of course, I see that it is currently behind in the layer stacks to remember that trick control plus bracket key to bring it forward. And so then, if I wanted to center, align it, remember in its centre aligning in this box here so I could just drag it over. And now that it's center line and that that size of the text box is the distance of the box , I know that it's center aligned in that box. Now let me just grab it. You can also sometimes have it snap into place, and they're the centers are aligning. But keep in mind if you have a different size text box here, then suddenly, when it snaps into place, it's going to depend on your line it because it's the center aligned. It lines up. But if I had this, like left the line and then I was using this, it's gonna snap in a different place, right because of that alignment. So the alignment is very important when you're trying to line things up and you need to pay attention when you're trying to left the line things right, align things. So just to know that this alignment up here is going to be very crucial, right? Let me bring this back up here. And so I will. Let's say I wanted to center align it across the whole page here at the top of my page. So a couple things come into play so I could center align it here. Ah, ofcourse, their center line. And I could have it's based all the way like this, so I know that it's in the center of the page now. If I didn't have that in my text box was smaller here, I could also just grab it and great until I see that snapping line. But again, if for some reason in my text was left aligned and my text box was bigger and I try to do that center line snapping now, then look were it's snapping, its snapping based on the total area of this text box, so it's not actually lining up in the center of the page because you're left the line So you do have to make sure you get this alignment right here. Okay, so now with this lined up, this is where we get into really precisely positioning things. If I wanted to set our line to subheading under the heading above, it's not that hard, because they're both currently center aligned. And so really, I'm just dragging him out until I get that snap line like I'm getting right here. And then it's gonna line perfectly. No problem. But what if I wanted to align this subheading just under the word heading over here or maybe even tucked in? Since you have this G that under hangs the line here, sort of tucked in here. Well, I could just drag it over by grabbing it. So I'm to get Thea Arrows here, and I could just use that little handle, and I could bring it over like this, but that would not be a good way to do it, because it it's center aligned here. So now if I tried to scale it up and make it a little bigger, you can see that everything is sliding, and I'm no longer had no longer keeping that alignment. That I want it right under the end there. So if you're ever in a situation like this, you gotta think about on which side you want to anchor the text. Well, I really want to anchor this right size right side of the text here. So then when I scale up, it's going to scale up and keep this side anchored. So I would just come under here and I'm gonna anchor it, right? Align it. And so now I know with it, Right. Aligned. It is anchored on the right side. I can use this handy little, uh, feature here to drag it around, and that's where it snapping. But it's not quite what I want where I want it. So remember, you can use those little key arrow keys, just a nudge it. So I'm just nudging it over. So now it really feels to me like it's really underneath that end there. And then as I size it up and down, I do so from this side and this is going to stay anchored now if I want toe, make the space narrow between the words. If I drag from this side, it's coming up. It's getting nearer. However, if I want to keep that top spacing, I can drag down from the bottom and I'm maintaining that top spacing and it's dragging out this way. So all these little choices about which control handles you use it's gonna make it crucial . It's gonna make it very easy. I should say, Ah, those are crucial decisions to get things based exactly as you want him. And now I have that space very nicely under the subheading there under the heading. Now let's say I want the text to be a little smaller, but I still wanted to span that same distance while you can play with letter spacing. So if I come in here and first, I'm gonna make my font choice and so I want myself heading, let's say I do want to be sized like that. Well, I could use the same Reese ice handle now, but if I do, it's gonna once again scale up my text, and I don't want that. So instead I'll just come under letter spacing, and you can fool around with letter spacing and start to add in letter spacing and size it out that way. So all these air. Just the little tricks that you have that are crucial for really positioning things and positioning in aligning thing. Sometimes those are crucial parts of your design. So knowing all these tricks is gonna be really helpful to you. Now here's one more thing I want to say about precise positioning. I think I have this aligned pretty nicely, but it looks like maybe the A could slide over even a little bit more so I could come back under spacing. But if for some reason I can't get it quite right, you can comment here under this letter spacing and you can add incremental decimal values just to make very, very subtle adjustments. The same thing applies with font size. So if I come in here under font size and you drop this down its use 30 to 36 42 off course , you can type in manually all the values in between. So 37 38 39 again once again you can even at in decimal values. So if you just wanted to make this ever so slightly bigger 36.5, you could do that, and it's gonna make that subtle adjustment. Now, this may not seem like a huge deal, but sometimes you really are trying to be super precise and you want to get it lined up exactly in the only way to do it is gonna be if you know all these little tricks and remember, you can use thes decimal values. Alright, so that's just a little bit more to really help you just lock in the fundamentals of Canada because all these little things don't seem like a big deal. But what they do is they add up to a really smart, efficient workflow that's going to save you a lot of time and save you a lot of headaches. 6. Understanding Grids and Frames: Let's talk about grids and frames because there could be a really useful tool. But I think not everybody understands all the different ways you can use them. So let's talk about them briefly, because I really think they're going to just help you get more comfortable in Camba and really change the amount of dynamic layout you can create. So grids and frames you both find under the Elements tab and each have their own category. I had grids in open recently, so let me close that out so we can just see here all the different elements. And you usually have grids in frames up near the top here. But so go ahead and I'll click to see all on frames and frames are usually singular elements, and they're usually have these decorative qualities to him. So you have read things like regular circle shapes like that. But you also have things like the shape. Here. You have other ones that are just really decorative, like this one here. At any time you have a frame like this and you'll see this background like this. It means you can drag and drop a photo and it will be contained within the frame. Think of it's sort of like a photo frame. So if I go under my photos tab now, I can take pictures and I can drag them within the frames here, and it's gonna mask out the risk of that area and just show what the frame area is Now. Any time you do that, you can double click to get inside of the frame, and then you can do things like reposition it. You can also scale it up if you wanted to scale this up. So you're seeing closer up image. And then when you're done, you can either click outside of it like this or another way to do what I just did would be just to click on it once. So you see the blue box. And then instead of double clicking, you just come up here under crop. I'm not gonna talk about filter and adjust right now in this quick start class, but I will go under this crop and then once again, I'm back in here. You can make those adjustments, scale it up and down, reposition. Go ahead and click Done. So that's how you can put something into a frame and reposition it within the frame. And, of course, as you move your frame around, it moves with it, and you can put it wherever you want. In your design, however, those airframes When you get in the grids, you get into even more power more, even more powerful tool in terms of controlling your layout. I think so. Let's give it of this and I'll show you what I mean. So now we're gonna come back under elements again. This time, instead of frames. Let's look at grids and hit seal. So instead of seeing all those different shapes, we basically just have rectangles here, right? But we see a lot of them are more than just one. Here's the default one, and I will tell you I almost exclusively use this one. Sometimes we'll use some of these other ones, but I use this more than anything else, and I'll show you why in a minute. Let me click. Delete on that and then you'll see. Sometimes, though, you have multiple columns, or sometimes you have columns and rows together. So this would be two columns with one picture here and then to going down in this column two rows. So what this does is allows you to start to build a layout on screen. I think a lot of people just think about dragging photos within here because you can only drag a photo. You can't dragon element or text in here. However, you can use it to position those items. And really, using grids as a layout tool is really where the power lies going to show you that in a minute. So first, obviously the same thing applies where you can drag photos in like this. So it's no different than the frames we looked out. You can drag things in. You can double click to get in there. You can do repositioning Ah, and scaling things like that. All that is the same between frames and grids. Basically, a great is just multiple frames together again. Click done boom. However, I would encourage you to think of grids than Mawr as more than just this tool will. You can drag in photos. I want you to start to think like a graphic designer. So again, when you want to delete ah, hold grid like this, I can click on this and I could click, delete And just like that one image or if I click delete grid here gets rid of the whole thing. Now let me go back for a second. So let me go back under elements and now back under my grades here, I want you to start to think about your layout. And if you study things like magazines, you'll start to see that the almost always have an underlying layout with a number of grids and columns that are just giving structure to the design. Now you may look down here and you may say, OK, I want to design something that's three columns wide, and you might find this year where I want to design something that's two columns wide, and I could use this here. However, if you're saying something like, I want to design something that's, you know, five rows and in one of the Rose I want two columns. You're gonna start to have trouble finding what you want here, but I want what I want you to realize is you can create absolutely any layout you need by combining these different elements, and I'm gonna show you exactly what I mean. Let's imagine that I knew I was gonna want tohave a layout. That was two columns in three rows. Why could scroll down here and maybe I would find it. However, I could also just use any combination of these two. Build out what I want. Let me show you what I mean. So here, for example, we have the one that is three columns. So if I were to choose this three columns, I could do that. But first, I'm gonna choose this one here. I would choose the one that's two bro's, because I know I want this to be actually, two columns, two columns across the page. And so what we'll do now is I'm just gonna get positioned exactly up there. I'm gonna get it positioned. Exactly. So it's fitting exactly to my page. I don't want that space in the middle. However, if you did want to control the spacing between these two, you could There are a couple of different ways you could do that. You could use this spacings. In other words, under spacing here, I could say that I know I want this spacing in the centre gutter of my but designed there, I could do that. Or you can take it all the way out and get rid of the spacing. And then something that's powerful is that you can come in here and you can change the background color of these individually. So I will make this one white and this one over here, and this will make a ah ah, gray color something. So it just stands out as separate from this, and you're gonna just a pass it up and down all these things so you can go like that. Now, what I want to stress to you is that you might do this sometimes. Just a zey visual aid. Not necessarily because you want these to be the final colors within your design. Within this page, you might. But you could also just use it as a visual cue. And so then something that's very important is locking. If you lock anything, then you can still select it. But I can't accidentally move it. I can't adjust the transparency. I can't make any of those adjustments because it's locked. It said I haven't protected. So this lock icon here and turning this on and off is very important because that's gonna be something you want to utilize when you want to lock things down and protect them. But what you can start to now do is use multiple grids together to really start to build out your layout. So, for example, I could add these three columns here again. I'm gonna position it there. I'll drag it over here. I'm gonna get the snap to that center line. I'll get it to stop to the bottom. I'm going to get rid of the spacing here. And so now I'll go in and I'm gonna go ahead and add some colors to these just to give myself again a visual reference. All make that that color will make this that color. And that will make this this lighter color here that I'll take the transparency of the whole thing and take it down a little bit. And again, these aren't the colors. I would have my final design. I'm just using the's as visual cues, and I see I got thes close together. This I wanted to keep as that color there. So I have that visual separation and then I could take this whole thing and I can all to copy it over to this side. And so now I start to have these two columns with three rows in each column. But then maybe up here in this top thing, I'm just That's gonna be where I'm gonna add in my headline So we'll drop a headline into their again. I wanna have it positioned And here. So, maybe again, you could do something with him and get rid of this for a second before I even do this. Let me let me get rid of that one. Ah, so maybe I wanna have a consistent margin across all of these, so I could use grits to show me those margins that I was gonna be maintaining. So I'll show you that. Let me just go back under these elements back on the Grizzlies gonna grab this single one this time and all position it groups. So sometimes what happens is when it puts something in here, it will put it in the back by the fault. So again, I'm gonna This is where you want to start locking down. Things also can be very important. I don't think I liked on the other two's, but let me just hit the tab Key to cycle through my elements. And actually, now it's cycling through this. These different grid boxes cause I'm in, that's going to get outside of that. And I'm just going to grab this whole thing, lock it down, grab this whole thing, lock it down. And now I just want to try to used the tab key to select that one in the back. I've lost that. But so what I can do that was Let me unlock this. Let me position and actually send this backward, and then let me take this one over here and unlock it for a second. So again, unlock it so you can change the position. I'm to send that one backward. I just had to do that to bring this to the front. So now I should build us like this. And then once I do that, I'm actually gonna lock thes again. So lock and lock again once you have things positioned in the way you want. It's a good idea. Lockem them down because you're just building out this visual framework. And so then I'm gonna take this one out, reposition it, I'll reposition it there. I'll reposition it to that center line and then with it, exactly centred like that. I'm gonna take my Ault key and drag from the corner. She don't have to do the all key in this case, the shift key. No. Try that again. Yes. So drag from the corner. And then Ault, there we go all key Just so I can maintain proportions on all scale and from all sides. And so if I go something like this, I could do something like that and I'm basically using that just so I have these sort of margins, right? And so what actually would want to do probably is something like this. So I probably won't take the whole thing up, and I probably want to take something like and say, Okay, I want my margins to be like this. And so then I could even take that and I could drag it down, drag it down, and then I could take all of these shift shift shift. That's not let me shift. I was wasn't hitting Shift Aereo shift shift and then Ault to drag all these a copy. So again, I'm using all these keyboard shortcuts we've gone over these keyboard shortcuts, Ault and you click an object and drag it out. You create a copy shift plus clicking on something, you can select the multiple items. So I'm using these together. I'm locking things down. I'm just using all of these as ways to really come in here and position things. So now with all of these, I could come in here and I could say, I'm gonna make these white and we will go ahead and take all of these and actually making me come in here now that I have these and with the transparency of each of these, just drag him down a little bit. So again, I'm just using all of this to create these visual cues. And I could have done this before I copied. So I have to do this for all these, but just creating these visual cues. So it really gives me Ah, sort of, you know, this layout that I can use now some of these things I didn't have to do the way I did. And I forgot to color these, but that's fine. I could just go white, white, white and once you once you get into this, you'll start to know what you do and don't have to do cause some things you can position automatically without doing all this. But if you really wanna have a complex framework, you could start to use things like this. And so now if I come in here and say, OK, my title is gonna be up here though they add heading again someone at a header and I'm gonna position that So it's centered within this box, and the one thing that grids will do for you is remember, objects will position a relative to each other and relative to the page. So if you have an object in here, it really lets you position something relative to that object. And so it really lets you start to control spacing a lot better. So again, if I drag this down and get a position relative to the I object there, So now I have it right in the center there. And then I'm gonna come over to this page here. Lauren Ipsum is where just a tool used for generating dummy text just so you can see something in a design without having it be distracting or well without having to come up with all the content on the fly. So something like that And then if you have a little bit of body text, what I'm gonna do is come in here and I'm gonna position this body text so that it's again contained within this box because that gives him in my margins. And then I'm gonna come in here and control a control V. I'm gonna change this down to something like that, and then I have that in their right. So now I have that position there and again. All of this is just giving me these placeholders. And so once I'm done and I come back in here and I have this thing locked, liken, unlock, and I can start to delete stuff, right? And so then suddenly, I'm just using that as the underlying tool for my layout. And here I might come in here and I might say I really wanted that to be justified completely and then over here within this side, I may say, OK, well, what I actually wanted here was to have three photos across the top. So let me go back under my elements and into my grit. And I understand this is becoming a little bit of a long example, but I just really want to lock into you how powerful these great tools can be once you start to use them. Not just as ways to hold photos, but also as a way to control your layout. I'm actually gonna end up doing both here. Ah, so let me see here. If the three columns, I want something that's three in here. But I might just use one square thing. And again by default, it adds it to the back. I don't want it in the back. Some of the composition. I'm gonna make sure I bring that to the front. So bring all the way to the front. I don't think by the fault, it always adds it to the back. But it's doing that for some reason now. So I'm gonna drag this now and again. I get these cues as I'm doing it. These little ah width and height. So if I wanted to try to make this is exact square, I would just drag it down until I see 2.6 and 2.6 and then if I do an altar drag, not at all. Trade. Let me try that again. Then if I were to use Ah, get 2.6 to never use shift shift combined with this, then it's going to constrain those proportions, I think, right? Yeah, but I didn't have exactly right. Brazil. It's losing it when it gets a little bigger. But I can I'm always make those small adjustments. So anyways, coming here something like this. And let's say I wanted three of these 123 and then if I wanted to get them so they're precisely positioned so I could go shift shift and I could come in here in position. Just make sure that I have a horrible, horizontally space the way I want and then shift shift, I'm running. Grab these and this. Make sure that they're right in the center of this box here like that. And so again, just another design element on the page, and then you could use it in the way you use traditional grades. So maybe I am gonna put photos in there, so I'm just coming in here. Boom, boom, boom. And then again, when you may have text down on this side too. Or maybe gonna have more images. Maybe these are gonna be larger photos. So again, if I come back under my grids back over the elements grid, boom and I'm gonna use this grid icon, but I'm gonna bring it to the front, to the front again. Let's take it down and again. If you ever re sizing something like this and you need to see through it, you could come here and mess with the transparency just so you could see what's behind it as well, right? But I believe it all the way up because it will snap. You see how this will snap to what I've created in the background So that ault boom drag it down. There's my final one again. Just go back over the photos and maybe I'm Dragon in this photo and maybe I'm dragging in this photo. Anyway, this is just an example here. And then, of course, I would come back and hear on unlock this, that I'm throwing out this and then any other underlying, um, greats I have here I would want to get rid of as well. So again. Let me unlock, Let me delete. And so thou Now I've gotten rid of everything in the background, but I have this structure and I have this layout that was possible because I used those grids not just as a tool as a frame for photos but also as a design tool for creating layouts. So that's grids and frames. And grits can be very powerful once you start to use them as a way to just have visual cues that lets you create a structured layout. All right, so I hope you enjoy this. And I hope you gained a lot from it. Thank you so much for watching. 7. Additional Helpful Resources: this lesson. I just wanted to quickly go over some tools. And resource is that you might find very helpful as you work with Camba, things that are going to give you inspiration and help you out when you get stuck. Ah, so the first of these is canvas dot com color. So if you go to camp a dot com colors in your Web browser, then you're gonna get these tools that all are gonna help you when you're sort of stuck picking colors that are gonna make sense for a project. And so we'll jump through these tools really quickly. I'm just going to read them on screen here, and we'll jump over there and see what they do real quick. So call a pallet generator. It lets you upload a photo, and then it will take that photo. It'll pull out colors from that photo and give you a starting palette. So I'm gonna jump over here real quick. We'll see if it loads up with a photo here. Ah, and so what you would do is so if you had, like, a photo of fall foliage or something, or nice fall colors and you wanted to pull out those colors and generate a pallet from the colors. You could use this tool here, so that might be really helpful as the starting point for a project in your color themes. The other ones are the same sort of ideas about picking colors that make sense for your project. So next next one color palette ideas. It just gives you a whole bunch of color palettes that you can look through and choose from . And you can see the hex codes if you click through on these. So if I click through on one of these here and then right here has all these hex codes, which you can use to get those colors within Canada. Now, if I go back here one screen, you can also search by a color, a theme or keyword, so it gives you lots of ways for coming up with color palettes. That Mike might make sense for your project going back to this main screen here. Ah, the color wheel. So if you're not familiar with color theory, you might have to get a little familiar with that, and I'll talk about that. And one of my additional resource is here, coming up. But this What this will do is it lets you pick a starting color, and then it will come in here and find the complementary color or you confined analogous colors. Try attic colors. I'm not gonna get into what each of these means, and you don't need to understand everything about color theory, but starting to understand a little bit like about color theory will help you figure out. You know what colors play well together. What colors look well together, and then you can start to make smarter color choices all within your camera projects. So going back here of toe, one last option color meanings again, really trying to stay on brand and reach your audience and deliver the message effectively , Sometimes understanding colors what they mean their significance. Ah, what they mean in different cultures. And so have you. Come in here and you search for a color and you really want to learn more about a color. It will tell you a little bit of history and cultural significance about this color, so it's just the cool way to learn more about colors. How long designs you may want to start to learn The graphic design fundamentals Camera is a tool for graphic design, but it's still rooted in principles of graph design. Anytime you created graphic and you trying to communicate effectively, you want to know some of those principles of graphic design. So right here on the ah platform or you're watching this course, skill share is a great place to learn. So if you just type graphic design into the search bar, pull up some of those classes about graphic design. That's another way. Just advance your skill set so that your designs and canvas start to grow and grow as you just become a better designer. Another tool that comes directly from Canada and that goes hand in hand with theano smart graphic design principles is this. Ah, can va dot com font combinations, so usually you don't want more than one or two fonts in a given design. But if you start to use fonts together, sometimes they're not gonna play well together. And if you sort of get stuck, what this font combinations site lets you do is you just come in here and you select a starting fund, and then it's gonna go through and it's going to give you examples off fonts that pair well with that fun. So again camba dot com fought combinations and use. Choose a starting fund, and then it's going to go through. And it's gonna find fonts that really play well and work well with that fun. So it's really cool, and it can save you a lot of time when you're just looking for that right for comparing to start your project, you want to get into the design, and you don't want to spend lots and lots of times going through those fought fought options in camera. It's nice that they give you hundreds and hundreds of fonts, but it can also be overwhelming. So this just takes the process and simplifies. It gets rid of that headache. You can choose your starting fund, and then you can easily find the font that's gonna pair well with that fun. One final tool are mentioned that that I find very helpful. It's just this color Ah, eyedropper. And so what this is is a extension that I use within my chrome browser, and then I can use it to pull directly colors within a photo while I'm in Canada, which isn't a tool that they have natively built in. So here you would just come to the chrome Web store and you would look for a color pick eye droppers what this particular tool is. But now, since I have that x stalled installed as a chrome extension, I now have this little icon up here. You can see I have a lot of extensions installed, but this one here is this color pick eyedropper. So let me just open up a Campbell window real quick, and I'm gonna show you how this works. Okay, so here I am within Canada, and I just grabbed the template here and drag it over to start with this template. Now, let's say I really want to use the color of this sweater here. This shirt and I really want a mirror that up here in my text while So if I click on my text here and I come under the text and I go to the color new color, the document colors, Campbell will pull the document colors, but it's only pulling the white that I have is a background and the black that I have a background it's not going to find that color that's embedded within a photo, right? But if you have this color pick extension installed, I can click on that and I get Oops, I clicked on the wrong one. So this color pick eyedropper right here. If I click on that, then I can start to hover over my image. And it's going to let me click on any pixel here within my background, my screen here and pick that exact color. So if I pick on if I click on that, it's going to give me the color hex cold code. I can just hit control C to copy that. And now from under my text here. So let me highlight this text, and I'm gonna change the color. That text. I just had it up. And then if you just paste the color hex, which you just grabbed with that extension into here, it's gonna find that color, and then you can easily change to that. Now, that's not standing out enough of the background. So I did do something like this. I would probably do something like select this, and I would just come up here maybe to duplicate that and then I would change Maybe the color of this one back to a black soul. It's just do something like that. And of course, now I want this one to be in the back, so I would just go position and I would slide it backwards. But so now, utilizing that orange color here, my design and I was able to pull it directly from the photograph just by using this color pick extension. So these are just some of the resource is that I think will be very helpful to you as you get into use using can va. And they're going to save you time and they're gonna help you create better and better designs. So good luck, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Thank You: Thank you so much for taking part in the one hour camp. A quick start challenge. Congratulations on making it to the end. I really hope what you learned in the last hour is going to really help you work with confidence and efficiency as you move forward with Canberra. Now, if you want to learn more about me, all you have to do is come down here to the about section and then you can see my full profile here by clicking on my name or clicking on C profile. Here. It's going to bring up my full profile so you can use that to read and learn a little bit about me. You can also see all the other courses I teach here on skill share. If you want to check any of those out, I do have another full master course on Campbell, which is a nine hour course that goes way into detail even more so that we did in this course. So check that out if you want, but regardless, keep designing. Stay safe and I'll see you soon