The Canva Master Course for 2020 & Beyond: Create Better Graphics & Marketing Assets in Less Time! | Greg Radcliffe | Skillshare

The Canva Master Course for 2020 & Beyond: Create Better Graphics & Marketing Assets in Less Time!

Greg Radcliffe, Photographer | Designer | Entrepreneur

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70 Lessons (8h 49m) View My Notes
    • 1. Course Introduction

    • 2. Creating a Canva account

    • 3. Free Canva vs Pro Canva (Which is Right for You?)

    • 4. The Canva Home Screen and Launching New Projects

    • 5. Migrating Older Canva Projects to Canva 2.0

    • 6. Tips for Positioning and Spacing Elements

    • 7. Tips for Precisely Aligning Text

    • 8. Selecting and Grouping Elements

    • 9. Object Stacking and Selecting Hidden Elements

    • 10. Snapping and Locking

    • 11. Free vs. Premium Elements

    • 12. The Power of Templating

    • 13. The 1-Click Background Remover

    • 14. Class Project - Show Your Canva Skills Challenge #1

    • 15. Class Project - Challenge #1 Solutions

    • 16. Graphic Design 101 - Layout and Composition

    • 17. Using Canva Grids to Power your Layouts

    • 18. Graphic Design 101 - Typography

    • 19. Strategies for Choosing and Organizing Fonts

    • 20. The Canva Design Size Guide

    • 21. Adding to Your Canva Brand Kit

    • 22. Creating a Brand Style Guide

    • 23. Organizing Assets with Folders

    • 24. How to Make Quick Use of Your Brand Assets

    • 25. Class Project - Create a Brand Style Guide

    • 26. Overview of the Canva Project Interface

    • 27. Working with Canva Templates

    • 28. Working with Backgrounds in Canva

    • 29. Working with Photos in Canva

    • 30. Grids, Frames, Shapes, and Gradients

    • 31. Lines, Illustrations, Icons, and Charts

    • 32. Working with Text in Canva

    • 33. Uploads and Folders

    • 34. The More Tab

    • 35. Class Project - Show Your Canva Skills Challenge #2

    • 36. Class Project - Challenge Solutions

    • 37. Magically Resizing Projects for Various Platforms

    • 38. Using Filters and Presets

    • 39. Changing All Instances of a Color at Once

    • 40. A Few Helpful Color Resources

    • 41. Finding Things Quickly with Search Filters

    • 42. Class Project - Poster Redesign Challenge

    • 43. Creating a Facebook Cover Photo and Easily Creating Multiple Final Assets

    • 44. Creating a Resume with Canva

    • 45. Creating an Instagram Post and Employing Smart Templating Tactics

    • 46. Creating a Reusable Pinterest Pin Template

    • 47. Creating a Custom Image Collage with Variable Options Built In

    • 48. Creating a Recipe Book (or e-Book) - Part 1

    • 49. Creating a Recipe Book (or e-Book) - Part 2

    • 50. Creating and Giving Presentations with Canva

    • 51. Designing a Media Kit from Scratch with Canva

    • 52. Class Project - Share a Design

    • 53. Creating Animated Social Media Assets with Canva

    • 54. Building Collections of your Favorite Animated Assets

    • 55. Building Your Own Custom Animated Templates

    • 56. Creating Instagram Stories with Animated Transitions

    • 57. Working with Video in Canva

    • 58. Adding Music to your Designs

    • 59. Importing and Using your own Videos

    • 60. Class Project - Share a Video

    • 61. Thinking Creatively

    • 62. Don't be Afraid to use Other Tools

    • 63. Creating a Photo Frame Pop-out Effect

    • 64. Creating Realistic Drop Shadows (Part 1)

    • 65. Creating Realistic Drop Shadows (Part 2)

    • 66. Class Project - Share a Cool Visual Effect Made with Canva

    • 67. Download and Export Options for your Finished Designs

    • 68. Sharing your Canva Designs

    • 69. Publishing your Canva Project to Various Platforms

    • 70. Organizational Strategies

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About This Class

Are you ready to create better designs in less time and without the headaches?

Students in this course will not only learn how to create great designs with Canva, but they will learn a smart workflow and templating approach that will continually save them time and help them streamline their content marketing.

You'll learn:

  • all the basics along with how to get started quickly and efficiently by mastering fundamental tips that allow you to avoid common time traps
  • graphic design fundamentals and how to easily apply them in Canva
  • the differences between Free and Paid Canva and which is right for you
  • the latest and most useful features of Canva
  • how to organize and store all your brand assets for quick and easy use
  • everything you need to know about the project interface and all the elements within
  • how to save time with templates and collections
  • how to create all manner of dynamic social media marketing assets including things like Instagram stories which take advantage of Canva's latest video features
  • how to tackle any design project with confidence,  from simple social media graphics to long-form content like ebooks
  • how to master Canva grids to power advanced layouts
  • how to create special effects like realistic drop shadows and photo frame popout effects
  • how to create and give presentations with Canva
  • how to integrate Canva with other platforms like dropbox, google drive, instagram, etc.
  • how to download your final assets in the needed format
  • how to share projects and templates with others
  • how to template the smart way so that you create final assets that continually save you time!

If you can do it with Canva, chances are we cover it in this course.

A small sampling of what we'll create:









So, if you're tired of:

  • the steep learning curve of other software
  • staring at a blank page
  • spending too much time on your designs and marketing assets
  • creating designs that leave you disappointed

And you're ready to start creating better designs faster. Then, absolutely, this is the course for you.

My name is Greg and I'll be your instructor on this journey. Besides being a husband and a father of 3, I have a Masters Certificate in Graphic Design and I've spent the last 20 years of my life making my living through programming, web design, graphic design, photography, and entrepreneurship.

So, I absolutely understand the struggle of learning new software. The struggle of creating quality design assets and staying on top of your content marketing. And, of course, the biggest challenge of all, just finding enough time for all these things in a given day.

I GET IT AND I'VE GOT YOUR BACK! So, let's learn Canva together. The smart way!




1. Course Introduction: Hi. My name is Greg and a discourse. I'm going to teach you everything you need to know about Canada and how to use Campbell A smart way so you can create better designs and so that you can crush your content marketing . For the past two decades, I've made my living as a designer, a programmer, a photographer, a blogger and an entrepreneur during that same time have gone from single guy to marry guy , the father to father of two and now father of free. So believe me, I understand the struggle of getting everything done in a given day. It's a struggle we all share. That's why in this course I want to help you achieve camp a mastery. But also I want to help you adopt the smart work low that will continually give you back time. Most precious resource we all have. When I first discovered Camba, I was skeptical with years and years of experience in programs like Photoshopped, Illustrator and in Design. I wasn't sure Canada had anything awful, but I decided to give it a try anyway. And I was instantly hooked. Don't get me wrong. I still love those other programs But it's about finding the right tool for the right job. And when it comes to creating high quality designs and marketing assets quickly, Campbell really excels. We'll start in this course by first laying a foundation for success by going over all the little things that commonly trip people up and slow down their workflow. Then we'll move on to mastering each element of the project interface and on from there to tackling lots of real world projects, from media kits to social media. Graphics to e books, toe animations to videos will cover everything that matters on When the course is completed , you'll be able to use Campbell to create any sort of design that you need for your blog's for business or your clients. Just as importantly, throughout the course will continually learn and reinforce smart workflow tricks that will take you from just using Kampe templates to creating your own custom templates that you can use again and again to create better designs in better marketing assets and less time. So if you're tired of the time, suck of the dreaded blank page, the steep learning curve of other design software creating designs that well just aren't very good, and you're ready to create better designs, better marketing assets and you're ready to have the match Campbell, which allows you to create all the assets you need in support of your business. And this is the course for you. It's not just about mastering camp for your business. It's about taking back time for the things that really matter if you're ready to take that step, that I look forward to seeing you on the inside. 2. Creating a Canva account: If you already have a can of account, you can ignore this lesson and go on to another one. But for anybody that doesn't have a canvas account yet, will we will. We will quickly go over how to set up a camp account. Don't worry, it is super super easy. So all you're gonna do is head over to canvass dot com and then you have a number of ways to sign up with a free account. Now, if you're wondering about free vs paid, I'm going to cover all of that and one of the lessons coming up so you can check that out. But first, just sign up with a free account. It's the right way to start. You can upgrade very easily. So sign up with Facebook, Sign up with Google. These air really easy options. You probably already have those accounts. So if you want to sign up with one of those, that's fine on my my main account. I did just sign up with Google, and I like that because I used Gmail. I use a lot of the Google app, so I'm of long logged in on my work computer a lot and So if I go over to Campbell, I'm gonna find that I'm pretty much logged in and ready to go. So for me, that just makes sense. But you can also sign up with an email. So all you gotta do is come over here, can vote dot com, sign up with Google, sign up with email. It's gonna go ahead and ask you to create your count. You're gonna put in your name email password. You're not a robot. Boom. Then you're done. Now, the one thing I'll say about password is that it's always good and smart toe have a password that is a secure password, and I use something called Last Pass. It stores all my passwords and one secure place. I've done a lot of Web design and a lot of stuff like that in the past, but I had to memorize lots and lots of passwords. You're just gonna make your life away simple. Or if you have some sort of some sort of password management software, I use something called Last Pass. Then I can install in my browser, and it's gonna automatically take care of all that for me. So that's just a little aside from someone that knows what it's like to have lots of passwords. If you want to make your life simpler, you're probably doing this already. But if you're not, find the password management thing, so secure password. Name, email. Go ahead and create your account and then you are good to go. It's really that easy, so I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Free Canva vs Pro Canva (Which is Right for You?): in this lesson. We're talking about Camba pricing so you can figure out what is the right solution for you . So they offer three tiers of packages. There's the free plan. There is the pro play it and the enterprise plan. The Enterprise is really only going to come into play for a larger team, so I'm not really gonna talk about that here. What we are going to talk about is the difference between free and pro. So first free is free, obviously. And then for the pro plane, you can either get billed monthly words 12 95 from a month or if you get billed yearly and pay all at once for a year. That breaks down toe only 9 95 per month now does talk about some of the differences here. But if I jump into can for here, I can show you even Maura the differences between the free and the PLO pro plan. So any time you're in the free plan and you see this little icon here, this crown that's usually going to tell you that that feature is a pro feature and you need a pro plan to access that now If I click that here, it's gonna bring this up and show you all the elements that are part of pro Canada. So I'm gonna talk about thes, and then I'll talk about the differences between that and the free plan. So the first year is this brand kit. Under the probe plan, you have a brand clip. They let you storebrand colors. You can store unlimited color palettes. You can store logos, you can upload fonts, and you can do some other things With your brand off brand kit and a free plan, you can do some very basic things, but you cannot do is many things. I think it limits the number of colors and things like that. So the brand Kate gives you a few more features. Ah, the on that pro plan. Then you get with a free plan. Ah, photos pro on the same thing for elements here, you just have mawr free options, including it included in Camp a Pro. When it comes to illustrations when it comes to photos now, there still are paid elements in camp a pro. There are some photos that still cost money, but you have mawr of those free options in the camp. A pro, I will say, Even in the free Campbell. There's lots and lots and lots of free stuff. So it's not like you're gonna get in free, Camba, and find out you have no options. You're still gonna have lots of options. It's just that you have even Mawr and that pro plan next, the magic resize pro. Basically, if you're creating a document here, let's see you're creating something with these wits. And then you wanted to take that graphic and try to convert it instantly to ah, maybe something that's a square graphic, maybe something for mobile. It will let you select all those different settings for, like, the different sides projects in camera. And it will attempt to magically resize your project and spawn those new projects, so that can be helpful. And that can save time. Now this tool isn't perfect. Sometimes you'll still have to move things around a little bit, but it does say some time, so if you find yourself doing that, will you create a graphic and then you wanna have it across multiple platforms where it's gonna need to be a different size than that could be a helpful tool, and that is only available in the pro plan. And we talked about this year. Publishing. When you go to export your graphic, there are some high res options and the ability to save with transparent backgrounds that are only part of that pro plan animation. Pro. Ah, in the pro camera, you have the ability to take something. We have multiple different pages and almost build out like a slide show or it animation, where you can choose fade in effects between those slides so you could actually animate the transition between those different slides was different pages. That is not something you can do with the free plan. You could only do that in camp a pro. So templates Ah, sit on the boards, A number of templates you get. And so whenever you start a project, there are lots and lots of templates, which is basically sort of completed projects, that act of starting points. You're gonna launch a template, and then you're going to still go in there and make changes to that template. But it gives you a good starting point again in free camera. There are lots of options but you have more options once again in the pro version. Same thing for ah fonts. You have even more fonts in the pro Camba. Almost a ridiculous amount. Almost to many. Ah, but you have lots of fonts in the free camera, but you have even Maurin the pro camera folders pro. This is a pretty big difference where, if you have the pro plan, you can have as many folders as you want, and in those folders you can have your designs, and you can also upload your own graphics into that folder. And in the free plan, you are limited to two folders. Ah, but the other big difference is in the pro plan. You can have sub folders, and then when you're working in the project view when you're working over here in the screen and upload pro one, you can access those folders. So have you stored assets? Ah, by themes. So maybe if you have something where you're creating a Thanksgiving graphic, maybe you have a folder with those assets, and you can pull that right up in project view and see those photos photos. Now, if you have the free plan, you cannot do that. You're limited to the two folders. Now you can still upload a group of photos for assets, and you're going to see those in the up loads tab. So it's not like you can't get to anything in the free version. There's still lots of options. It's just if you are creating lots of collections that you're going to reuse over time, then the folders give you a nice way of doing that in the free version. I mean, excuse me in the pro version. In the free version, you got a sort of have to come up with another way to do that Extra storage assist. You have extra storage with the pro plan, although I have not run into any storage limits with out of the free plant or the pro plan at this point. So I'm not sure what those limits are off the top of my head, but that may be another difference. Ah, backgrounds pro again, like the other elements and photos you have even mawr of the free options in the pro version, and one thing that they do not that I have listed here when the newer tools in camera is the background removal tool. So basically it will take a photo, and with one click, it attempts to isolate the subject and remove that subject for the background. So that could be a really helpful tool and that is only available in the pro version of camera. Now, if you hear all these differences and you know you want to go pro, that's great. If you're unsure about whether you wanna be pro or free, you can always start free, and you can always upgrade later. And inside the course, we pretty much talk about a lot of these, most of these in more detail, so you can always get into the course, and then you'll see more of the real world examples and get a real feel of the difference between the free camera and pro camera, and you can upgrade at any time, so it's not a big deal, all right, so that's free versus pro camera, and I will see you in the next section 4. The Canva Home Screen and Launching New Projects: when you first log into Camba. This is the home screen that you get before you launch any projects. Now they do update this from time to time. So if you're viewing this at some point in the future, there's a chance it could be a little different than this. But the chances are it's gonna have pretty much the same features. Ah, so basically, from this home screen, they're trying to make it really easy for you to launch new designs. So you can go up to this top box here where it says designed anything. And if you start to type something in like if I started typing Instagram, it's going to start to populate with all those pre made templates, and so you can choose whatever makes sense that shows up there in the results. If I started type in something like brochure, I can see the same thing. It's gonna give the suggestion and then a If you go out, it will go ahead and click on that. It's going to show you all the different templates for your choice. Now, if at any point in time you want to return to at home view, you just tap the back over here on this home icon and you're back on that home screen now on the home screen. Besides that, this ah design everything below that. They have all these other options where they're sort of grouping different ways for you to choose your starting point. So you have this creative design here, and they just have all these different things. And I think this tends to populate and maybe re order based on the most recent things you've designed. I'm not sure, but you'll get the feel of it and you can just come over and scroll and see the other options within that category. And then if you scroll down on your screen, you'll see your designs. Now these air the projects that you've already started. So if you will return to a project you've started under your designs here he will find it and you go down and they have things like Instagram post Facebook posts, posters and so on and so on. So they're basically just grouping things on in different themes to make it very easy for you to find the starting point and launch that starting point and see all the templates within that category. So you have a good starting point for whatever current design project you're taking on. Now, if you don't want to navigate through this menu on the right here, you also have this. Create a design button over here on the left. And if you click on that, it gives you another search box. And once again, suggestions in this drop down list. So there really are lots of different ways in which you can launch a project from within Canada. It really is pretty simple. It really is straightforward, so I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on it. You will really get the hang of it. It's not hard to navigate around here in camp. Ah, also, you have below all the home button. You have all of your designs. So if you click on that, that is everything that you currently have started working on. And I think it populates sort of with some of the more recent stuff on top and then on down , you can scroll down and see all the project you have started. Now, of course, you have folders down below here, and you can also just navigate to the folder, I recommend that you set up some sort of organisational strategy. So rather than looking at all your designs, you could come within a folder and narrow down the designs you're seeing over here. To the right. You also have this templates option. And if you click on templates again, it is just going to show you different categories. Ah, for projects you can start. So posters, logos, presentation, flyer. So they just have all these different ways in which they have things organized. You can very easily find the starting point you want and you're off with a new project to launch a new project. You would just click on it. So if I wanted to do a poster and I came down here and they're showing some toast or templates, I can go ahead and double click on that. And it will say, Use this template. And if you click that that it's gonna go ahead and use that as a starting point and launch a new project. Now, even though I chose that template as we're learning the other sections coming up here, I'm not locked into that because once you get in the project. Of course, she was going to see even Mawr options over here to the right, and so are over here to the left. Excuse me. And so if you click on one of those, you can use that as your starting point. So it's really just getting you into a document with those dimensions and that type of document that you want to create. You can still go in and choose different templates even though you may have chose a different one is your starting point. Just tow. Launch that project. And when you launch a new project, it does start a new window here, and it will auto save as you make changes to your project. I'm going back out of this now because I want to get into all this and different lessons. Ah, when the most new projects the new window has opened, totally enclosed that. And I'm once again back to the screen here where we launched this. I'll just close this so once again, we can see the home screen. So all your designs, templates, photos. If you click on the photos button, it's going to show you all the photos that you have. Ah, excuse me. It's not going to show you your photos. It's gonna shoot, show you all the photos that Canada has. And if you want to use a photo as a starting point, this is a way just to get within the photos, and you can search within millions of photos. So if you think you want a photo as a starting point for whatever designed project you can do, you can go ahead and come in here. And if you click on a photo, it's just going to bring up that photo and you have a chance to download that photo. Make use of that photo so it could be even a design project that you're doing outside of Canada. So again, it's gonna tell you the cost is gonna tell you it's free. It's gonna tell you where that photo is originally from. And so you can use this photos tab just to search all the photos within Canada. And again there will be free elements. And then there will be those pay elements. Were a little cost icons going to show up as you get down. Let's just scroll down always here. I think these air Pretty much all free photos here, but you see, as you hover over something in the bottom right corner, it has free. If it's not free, it's just going to show you the little dollar icon down there in the bottom, right? The print menu. Eight. I'm here. If you click on that, it's just going to show you all the print products that Campbell has, so you can get things printed directly from Canada, from T shirts to posters to business cards, post guards invitations so on and so on. And you'll find all these things here, as within your templates, where you can create those as projects and again. Then you can have things printed directly from campus print service. If that's something you want to dio brand kid, I'm gonna skip over basically now, but we will talk about that upcoming lesson. It's just where you can so easily store some of the items related to your brand like colors and fonts. Ah, design school. If you click on that, it's gonna open up a whole new window, and basically it just gives you some design tutorials. Things from the Campbell blogged little camera, many courses just to the t teach you some gamma basics and graphic design basics. They have some tutorials, so hopefully his course will have you covered. But if you want to go ahead and explore around here, feel free to do that. I'll go ahead. Close that window now, just so we can return back to that. And so that pretty much covers everything here. Ah, down below. This is where you get into your folder structure. And so I have a bunch of folders here because this is a canvas for work plan. Can the pro plan? And so I have unlimited folders. Let me just real quick. We'll bring up my other can va account, which is a free camp account. And so you can see I have all the same things here, but under folders, I just have that design photo one and design folder to because with that free account, you're limited to just the two folders. But everything else here on the home screen is gonna be the same. All right, let me jump back to that Can va pro. Ah, So we've covered pretty much everything here on the home screen. There is a help button here. If you want, a launch can help down below and the other thing here up under your name. If you click under that, then you just have ability to get into your account's settings your public profile. But that's pretty much it. The camp. A home screen. It's just where you're gonna be launching your designs from, Ah, one more thing. Maybe if I create on create a design, ah, dimensions before, but you have this custom dimensions. So if you click on that, then you can set the width and height and pixels, oranges or whatever of your starting project. And so you're not just limited to those preset projects they have that are set dimensions. You can create a project in here with any dimensions you want. If you just come under creative design and then choose custom dimensions, that's the kind of a home screen we're gonna move on from there. But it's really easy, so explore around and you'll get used to this in no time at all. I'll see in the next lesson 5. Migrating Older Canva Projects to Canva 2.0: before we jump into looking at the camp a user interface in the project interface. Just a little housekeeping to make sure we're on the same page Now can bottle in the last calendar year officially came out with Camba two point. Oh, so if you were someone that created some designs earlier in Campbell and that camp a 1.0, you'll want to pay attention to this section. If not, you can go ahead and skip ahead if you're new to Camba. But if you have some project that you created before in Campbell, before that switch over to camp a two point no, you'll want to pay attention to this. So here I am just looking under all my designs here, and I noticed I have a lot of these icons here that have this little 1.0, down in the corner. Now that means that these designs were created with Cannavo 1.0, before the switch over to two point. Oh, so any older designs you have are going to come in initially with this little icon. Now I'll talk about how to migrate this in a second. But first, if I click one of these projects. It's just going to go ahead and it's gonna go ahead and open that project. Now just know that when you do this, it is opening in the can about 1.0 interface. So if I come over here and start looking at elements and everything, you may be familiar with this. If you're familiar with working in the previous version of Canada now, in a newer version, things are pretty much the same. But they have made some tweaks, some adjustments, hopefully, some improvements. And there are also some keyboard shortcuts that they've improved. So if I come over here, I know that our I could just add a rectangle that's a keyboard shortcut in in two point. Oh, if I try that here it is not gonna work those new keyboard shortcuts and the new interface you're not going to get if you open a project that has that little one in the corner. So how do we get about around that? I'm just going to jump back here and I'll pull the same project right here. And if you see these three dots in the upper right, if you over over anything, you're gonna get those dots. And it is if it is a design that you created in one point. Oh, all you're gonna do is come up here and you're gonna open that up and make a copy in canvas . Two point. Oh, and when you do this, it preserves this right so you can go ahead and delete this. If you don't want this, you can move it to trash. But first, let's make sure it didn't make that copy. So if I come all the way up here to the top of all my designs here, I see that it did make a copy, and it's gonna have that that 2.0 is not shown. But of course it removes that one point. Oh, so it's not actually going to say two point? Oh, but if you don't see that 1.0, that means it has been upgraded to two point. Oh, and now if you click this and you open this, the project should look the same. But now you're working in the canvas. 2.0, interface. So I noticed that things do look a little different over here. If I click on elements, I'll see that I am now in the can va two point. Oh, interface. If I come over here, I tried that ours keyboard shortcut. See, it automatically added a rectangle. So that lets me know that Yes, I am now in Canada. Two point. Oh, and things are working properly, So just a little housekeeping. All you have to do is any designs that you want a port over from one point. Oh, go ahead and do that. Use that click that trick were again. I'll go back here one more time for you and just find another one down here If I scroll down. So one point. Oh, again, the trick is just finding three dots. Come up here, make a copy in Kiev a two point. Oh, you'll get everything up to speed and then these old copies from one point. Oh, once you're confident you have that 2.0, copy. You can go ahead and delete those if you want to. You don't need them taking up extra space or just cluttering up your display. So that's how you want to migrate from 1.22 point. Oh, and then you'll be on the same page. Everything we do in this course, we are gonna be looking at that 2.0, interface. Just because there are some improvements and we do want to make sure we're taking advantage of all those improvements. All right, I'll see in the next lesson. 6. Tips for Positioning and Spacing Elements: a few more tips on objects Basing. We know that we have these guide that will show up automatically, but you can also then just click on an object and you have this position up here. We talked about sending it forward and back the layers stack, but you can also use thes buttons. Position it at the top, middle or bottom of the document, the left of the document, the center of the document or they right. So if we wanted to absolutely center it, we could go center and middle, and we would have it centered perfectly in a document. Now, that's with one object. When you have one object, it's going to show you these, and it's gonna position it in relation to the page. However, let me make this smaller, and I'm gonna go ahead and make a couple copies of this, and I'm gonna have a couple of different occupy objects now. And so now when you have multiple objects, if you select multiple objects and then you use this position now you can position these objects altogether and they are positioning. Relate in relationship to one another. So you're aligning their tops. You're aligning their bottoms. You're lying there. Middles? Of course, these objects were the same size. So let me just make these a little different size so we can see how that top, middle and bottom would work. So if I do this like this and now I come to position, I can align their tops there. All the tops were lined. I could align the middle's their middle line. I can align the bottoms. And of course, you could also do something where you space them. Ah, so they're equally space. We have equal spacing between those. And then, of course, you have all these. Were you left the line? Um, you send our line and you're right a line. So all these things come into play. I'm gonna go ahead and delete these for a second, and I'll just go ahead, make a couple of copies of this again. Control C control V control. See? And there we go. And so again, if I said all these and you want to position and I want to space them evenly So Aiken, space them evenly, horizontally. I want to make sure they're all lined. I can make sure that they are all aligned. And then, of course, you can move them around together. And so just know, with one object, if you select one object and you come in here, then you were doing it in relation to the page. Right? But if you select multiple objects than when you come in under position, you're going to do it in relation to the other objects that are selected very important tricks. If you know these positioning tricks, they're going to save you some headaches and save you a lot of time. Okay, so let's talk a little bit more about positioning elements in your design. OK, we've already covered this position menu up here, so you can the line things using that, but you can also just click and drag directly on images. Now, if you need even more precise control, that's when you can use the keyboard shortcuts. Just your positional arrows on your keyboard. So if you use the left key the right key, the up key in the down key, you can nudge any object by one pixel, and you'll have that very precise control to put it anywhere you want. Now, if you want a little bit less control. But you want a little bit more than you can use left right up and down with the shift key. And when you combine those, then you're nudging something 10 pixels at a time, so that could be really helpful. Now, let me just talk about a couple other issues you may run into. So I'm gonna make this really pretty thin there and you'll notice when I make it. Then all of a sudden I get this a new icon right here. Any object in Camba by defaults gonna have this rotational icon. But as objects start to get smaller than they will eventually reach a point where they add in this other icon. And this is just another helpful handle. Where now you no longer have to click on the object. You can click directly on that and just move that around and then position it using that handle. So it actually is a really, really helpful tool because those things get smaller and camera and they're harder to click on. And you may select a heading, and then you may be stuck in here, or you maximally click something else having this handle where you can just click and grab it, and moving it around is very helpful. Another thing I want to show you here is let me change the color of this. So this is a little bit more obvious. I'm gonna make that any color. Really? I'll just change its yellow. And now, as I move this here, it's gonna snap to the edge. But then also snapped to the center. Okay, so that's giving me both options. But let me bring in a new line here because it's not always like that. And I'll show you a situation that you can get into and then talk about what I would do in that situation. So I was gonna come under elements. I'm gonna come on the lines. I'm gonna add this line here. I'll make this line smaller. Just bring it down a fair amount, and then I'm gonna bring it up here. And now, as I move this, you'll see now that I can no longer really get it to snap to that edge. If I zoom in here, man 100%. But it's it's leaving a white space or its snapping to the center so you'll find sometimes that you just can't quite get it right. And in those situations, what I want you to do is just don't be afraid to zoom in, go ahead and zoom in so you can really see what you're doing and then just use those positional arrow keys and then when you're pretty sure you haven't going back to 100% because you always want to double check things at 100% to make sure it's looking good, and then you should have your alignment in good shape. So don't forget to zoom in if you're really struggling. So that is just a few more tips for moving things around and precisely positioning them where you want them. OK, I'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Tips for Precisely Aligning Text: Okay. In the last lesson, we talked about moving things around one pixel. The time with those keyboard shortcuts. We talked about how you can zoom in when you need precise control. But let's just mention a few more things when it comes to aligning text. So I have the green bar here, and let's imagine I want to a line of this so that it perfectly spans the full distance of this green bar. So you have a lot of options. Okay, so option one, I'm just going to click and drag this and get right until it snaps to this edge over here. And then I can click and drag out on this side and it will expand out. And then, boom, I'm locked into place. Okay, that's great. But what if I didn't actually want to size up my texts? So let me just hit control Z to undo that. Another option here would be letter spacing. Remember, if I want to keep this the same time, I'm willing to play with the spacing in between the letters there. Then I could come up here and I could fool with this letter spacing, So just come up here and slowly drag out that letter spacing. Now, as I do this notice that is it expanding out from the center, And that's because this is several center lined. So it's important point, because when you start to play with something like a letter spacing and you're trying to keep alignment a lying to a particular edge, as I am this right age here, then you will want to pay attention up here to how you have this a set. So if I set this to left age now, now when I come and I play with my letter spacing now I can drag this spacing and it's going to start to expand out just on that one side, and it's anchored on this side so I can more precisely align things they way I want. So there's just two tips there. Remember, pay attention to where you're anchoring the side. If I am doing the shift click, I would first want to anchor it on the opt it sit side, and then I pull out on the opposite side and it stays anchored to that side. Now if I come in and do a letter spacing and it's going to depend precisely on what it set here, and that is decide it's going to stay. Anchors stay anchored down when I do letter spacing now. Ah, one more thing I'll mention and then we'll move on from here. But so when you aligned subheadings, the same sort of rules applied. So I just wanted to set a center line this campus pretty good about snapping to the center so you could just do that if I wanted to come over here. It's fairly good at snapping to the edge there. But what if I wanted to position this just under the word heading? Or maybe I want a position this under awesome heading? Well, the same rules we just went over. Still apply with this so you could get it lined up with this left edge. Now it's telling me that's precisely aligned there. But if you decided to nudge it, then you could use your keyboard shortcuts. And then, of course, you could either drag in the position it directly under heading or you could drag out and have positioned under this. Of course, No, When you do this, you're affecting the size of this obviously up or down. So your other options would be to play around with things like letter spacing. If you didn't mind changing the spacing of this again If I go to do this now with letter spacing, it's not gonna work because it's gonna expand out on both sides because of this center alignment. So again, get that to it, right? Aligned that way, the right side is going to stay right there. As I full of this facing. Now I can come up with this letter spacing and start to space it out. And then I can use that trick too. Align things under this awesome heading eso it really lines up now if you find you can't get it quite right. The last thing I'm going to mention is that yes, you can come up here and you can put in fractional values. So that 603 right now all type in 602 Ah, and that looks pretty good. But let's say I found that it did not quite match up. Well, you could come in here and you could put 601 0.5 because, yes, you can put in fractional values. So whenever you're dealing with line height. Ah, letter spacing, font size. All of those fields will take fractional values. So if you're really, really trying to be precise, don't forget you can put in those fractional values. Okay, so those are just a few tips. They may not seem like big deals because you're talking about getting in here, getting super precise, but a lot of times you're gonna want your designs to be super precise. So it's good to know these tricks. And if you just know these little rules, you're really gonna save yourselves from headaches, and you're gonna end up with a design that looks really awesome. All right, I'll see in the next section. 8. Selecting and Grouping Elements: let me give you a few quick tips on selecting objects and grouping objects. So with any item in your thing, if you hover over it, you'll see that selection box. You can click on a once, and you will select that element. You can also click and drag and select the multiple elements at once, which you can then move around together. You could also shift click. So with something selected, you could ship click on something else that added to the CLECs selection ship. Click again. Now they're all selected anywhere outside, and it's un selected. Everything. Also again number, click and drag. Anything that you dragged over becomes part of the selection. Then you could move it together. Click anywhere else and it's un selected Now. You can also group objects together. But before we do that, remember, I said before, you could also have something selected, and they have used the tab key. It will just cycle through the different objects and select the different objects within your document. So again, now, if you wanted to move things together here, so I'll go ahead and bring that up in line. This up here. Ah, line this up somewhere below it like that. Get everything nice once you have things. Position. Do you play you want. If you want to keep things, space together and group together, you can select everything at once, and then you can use this group here. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut, which is controlled G to group command Geoana, Mac and then Toe on Group. It would be controlled, shifty or command shifty, but I'll just go ahead and click this group button for this example. And now, with with a grouped, I can move it around together. But even if I click off of it when I click back on, all the elements are still together and part of the group. If I want to have individual elements again, you just on group and then suddenly I could move things again by themselves. But I'll reposition here again. Get that lined up the way I want it in there, and then I'll go ahead again. Select all this and hit group. Now this is very helpful just for positioning things in keeping them in a position relative to each other when you have things you want grouped together. But It can also change the way elements in your document Behave. Let me just show you an example of this Someone on group all this real quick. And so with all this ungroomed, if I came up here to my header and I decided this header was gonna have a line to in a line three. You see the way this spills outside of that yellow box that I have behind here. But I'm gonna go ahead and delete that. Go back up. So just one line again. But this time, I'll first come back and I will select everything. I will group this, and now I'm gonna come down to this Hettel header. You can double click to get inside. Even when it's part of a group. You can still select and edit an individual element. But so now I'm gonna come lying to and look what happens now. Every time I do a new line, that background box expands because when you group elements in one of the elements is contained within the other element, then as you expand it, that background element it's also part of the group will expand to include that element. That's part of the group. So I just want you to know that grouping elements how you select element, it's gonna be very important part of your workflow, so make sure you know these tricks. 9. Object Stacking and Selecting Hidden Elements: as you start to get multiple elements in your project, then you will need to be concerned with objects stacking. In other words, what object appears in front or behind of the other object? So here in this document here I just have four circles on screen. And right now this pink circle is on top. But you have to be able to send objects forward and backwards in your layer stack. So to do that, you would just select the object in question. And then you come up here under this position tab and you see you can move it backwards and it'll walk backwards in the layer stack, or you can move it forward. Or, if you want to send it all the way to the back all the way to the front, you can do it just like that. And of course, you have these keyboard shortcuts. I always like to pay attention to those. So if I use control in my bracket keys on my keyboard with the object highlighted, I can just walk it back and forth with my keyboard or control Ault and I can walk it all the way back or all the way forward all at once, and that would be command plus your bracket. Keep keys or command pleasure option key on the Mac for sending something backwards, one layer at a time or all the way to the back are all way forward. But so again, select the object in question. Either used this position. Tab up here and walk it back or walk it forward. Or you can use these keyboard shortcuts. But understanding how to move your objects around in the layers stack is going to be very important to your designs. And just one more thing related to object. Stacking is objects can sometimes be hidden behind each other. So if I were to send this heading back here, it's now behind here. Now I can bring it back to the front if I know it's there by sending this backwards. But if I wanted to actually select the text itself, I cannot select the text while it is behind this other shape. However, another trick that is very helpful is the tacky will let you cycle betweens elements within your document. So if I just hit the tab key, you see it's cycling between those different elements. And so if I hit it, it does select the text, and then that gives me the ability to drag that text out. Now, what happened right there is when I try to actually drag it out it then, ah selected this spox on top. So again, tab key. And if I wanted to, I could just use the keyboard. Ah, shortcut shift, plus the arrows to move it around. Or, of course, you also at that point could just use your keyboards. Ah, shortcuts to bring it back to the top. Obviously, you could send this to the bottom as well, and you would then see the text and be able to select it. Whoever just you run into those situations sometimes where you have an element that's in your document, it's hidden, and you do not even know if it's there. So if you just hit the tab keyboard shortcut, then it will cycle through the different elements in your document. So that lets you know if you do have any hidden elements in there. All right, that's all for this lesson. 10. Snapping and Locking: in this love scene. We're talking about snapping and locking. Now, if you understand how snapping works in Canada and you understand how the lock elements, then you're really gonna have a lot of help in a head. Start on positioning your elements where you want to position them and then locking them down and make sure you don't lose, making sure you don't lose those positions once you have things where you want them. So let's just start by talking about snapping and snapping. Just refers to the fact that Can Va has smart guides that will help you align to both the document and then aligning elements toe other elements. So I'm going to grab this yellow circle, and then as we drag this, you'll see as I drag it around. Screen has certain points in time. You start to see these guides. Basically, this guy here tells me if I wanted a line, it just left of center. I see where that center line is. If I wanted, line it exactly on that center line, I can feel it snap into place and I'll see that if I drag down, I can also snapped directly to the center, where I then see the horizontal and vertical guides. So this snapping feature just allows you to drag around. And then Campbell will show you these guides, and then when it gets close to one of the guides, it will snap so you can snap to the edges. You can snap to the center. You can step exactly to the vertical and horizontal center, So look for these blue guides that appear on screen, and they will help you snap objects into place. It's very helpful now, in this example, with just one object I am snapping to the guides that are in relation to the document itself. However, if I use control, see to copy this and Control V, so they have two copies now. Now I can see that not only can I snapped a document still, but it will also start to align objects and snap objects to each other. So I see these lines showing up right now, and those guys are just allowing me to perfectly lineup thes two different circles, and so just bear in mind. If you want to snap objects together, you can just pull around screen. And if objects are the same size. You're going to see these guides now. Even if they're different like this, you may not be a line them perfectly top and bottom right, but you can. It's still a lying to the top. You can align to the center. You can align to the bottom. So when you're aligning different elements to the page or aligning elements in relation to each other in these guides that Campbell will pop up automatically are very helpful. So just pay attention and they will help you position things exactly as you want. Once you do have things position the way you want, then you should know that you can lock that position so you don't accidentally mess it up or drag it a little bit this way or that way. That could be very frustrating, so you can lock element. So what you do is you just highlight something by clicking on it. Then once it's highlighted, you just come up here to this lock icon right there and then it is locked and enough I try to move it. I cannot move it so lets you select it, but you cannot lock it toe, unlock it just hit that lock icon again. So again, drag things around. Once you have it in the position you want and you want to lock that position, you can use this lock icon up there. 11. Free vs. Premium Elements: Theo. Next thing you need to know while working inside Camba is the difference between free and premium elements. Now, this comes into play whether you have Kimba pro or whether you have the free Camba with Camp a pro, you do get access to more photos, more elements, more things that are free. But you still will run into premium elements. And with the free version, you get lots of free stuff also. But there are more premium elements. So right now I just have a project open. I'm just going to jump into this photos tab and coming through this photos tab, you can see there are lots of photos that have this little crown in this free icon. That means I can drag that. I could add that to my project, and I can use that in my project, and that's a free image. You can look at the Campbell licensing on how you're allowed to use it, but that's free. I can use that in my project. However, I get rid of that for now. Eventually you're gonna come down here, and lots of these have the free. But eventually you're gonna run into things that are not free and that have a little premium icon. So let me keep coming down farther and farther, usually by the fall it will show the free elements. The higher up you are there, lots of free elements. But when I get down to here and I start to run into elements were instead of free, I start to see a dollar amount down here. Usually it's just a dollar, so that's not really that big of a deal for using something for a project. But now if I add this to my project, you will see that it shows up with this can ball watermark. So the little dollar sign down. Here is your first indication right? And as you hover over, it shows you the dollar amount. That's for a dollar and then once is in your project. You see the candle water mark on that image, and if I go to download this project right now, let me go ahead and click download. Then it's going to show me that I have one premium image and that that image costs a dollar . So one design you can come down here, and if you want to go from one design, you can select multi use, and if you want to read more about these licenses, you can. I'm not gonna get into them completely here. But you can go to campus website and you can read about the difference between one design, multi use and extended use. Basically, if you pay a dollar for an image, you have right to use that in one final design, right and you can read about that and what that allows you to do with that design. But if you want to use it in multiple projects than you have to get a multi use license, and if you want to just have even more rights, which you can read about you need is extended use. So for most things you can use free elements, right, that's great. And then, for a lot of things, $1 for one photo and one design is going to be a great deal. But just understand that you do have these premium images, and with the premium in the images, you do have to pay for each use of that image, and you know it's premium because it will have the dollar sign down here and then it's gonna show up with this Can vote. What are Mark when you load it into your project? So this year is a premium photo. But if you come in under some of the elements here, So if you get into the vector, artwork will just go under illustrations. For example, you can see again lots of free items, lots of free items. But then you come down. Okay, here's one that costs a dollar. So let's that one of that is part of my design. It's got the Campbell watermark. And now, if I tried to download this project, I would see $2 right for two premium images that wanted to change. The uses writes, I could always drop down and do that. Okay, So just understand the difference between free and premium images. Ah, elements. Because you're gonna have images, you're gonna photos. You're gonna have vectors, different artwork. All are gonna have this where they have free versions and then they have some premium items . So I'm going to delete that. The last thing I want to say with free versus premium is that you have the same thing come into play when you get into templates. Now, a lot of these templates are gonna show that free at the bottom left. Excuse me, The bottom right. But as I come down, let me find one here. That doesn't say free. So this one saying, free. This one's not saying free. So right, This one doesn't say free. So if it doesn't say free, the chances are it has something premium. That's part of that template. So I come in here and I see that, OK, this element here, this Rubik's Cube that showing or whatever this is supposed to be here, that is a premium element. So if I try to download this, it's gonna be a dollar now. I think that's because I want you to realize you can start with a premium template of the words a template that has a premium piece of artwork in it. But then, if you don't want that, you can go ahead and elite that, and you can still make use of the other template and the rest of the template, and then if you come down, load it. Then suddenly you're downloading free thing because you've taken the pay premium element out of that. Okay, so remember their premium elements. Sometimes those premium elements are part of a template. And then if you use that template, you're gonna have to pay for any premium element. It is in there, and the same goes for your own. Start from scratch projects when you bring in a premium element. But do not fear. There is tons and tons of free pictures, Artwork, Icahn's vector artwork roster our work within Camba. So you're not gonna run into this situation very often, and often times if you do, you're paying for some things better. And paying a dollar for that use within a project is not gonna be a big deal. So that's fee free versus primi elements in Camba. Make sure you understand the difference and make sure you watch out for those items that are pay items 12. The Power of Templating: this'll s and I want to talk briefly about 10 plating. Now, 10 plating is something we're gonna be covering A lot of this course, especially as we get into the real World Projects section because I really want you to start to train your brain, to think about repetitive design projects you have and to think about how you can build templates in a smart way so that you start to save yourself time, the ideas you put in a little bit more work up front. But then you have an asset you can reuse, and every time you reuse it, it's going to save time, and that's really gonna add up. So the basic idea behind template ing is this. You're gonna build out your design, but then you're gonna build some slight design variations that you know are gonna account for some of the variation you know you're gonna face as you have future projects where you use this type of design style. So ah, great way to do this is to build out your design, and then you can just spawn a copy of your page. You can use this little icon appear. It's gonna immediately create a copy of your page. You want the reader that work, but then you can come in here and you can start to make these subtle changes. And that's going to save you a lot of time and it's gonna give you some different starting points when you re use this template. Now, I wouldn't do things like very basic, like just coming in here and changing a color, because that's something you know you can do with one click and very quickly. So you don't need to say that time now if it's gonna be such a minute amount of time. But even if it's just gonna be like 30 seconds, if you know you can do it now and then you don't have to do it 100 times. You redo this type of project, those 30 seconds that's gonna multiply across this 100 times, and so that really, really starts to add up. So I do want you to think about creating variation that makes sense and that is going to save you time in the long run so I'll just scroll down here and give you some example. So this 1st 1 is just a graphic where it's a collage of six images. But I might know that hey, sometimes they only have two images, so I might have a variation where I have to images in here I may have other variations. Where have different number of images? So three images, maybe Sometimes I want to use different font faces. So if I know I have different fonts that I use and I want to have those options built into different templates, even though it's not gonna take me a lot of time to click over and go over to the Fatman, you make that fund change. It is gonna take long enough that if I know I do those different styles, I may build that into my template just cause it's gonna save me time each time I do a project and so other ones here where you're moving some of the graphical elements and changing some of the graphical things. Do that up front if you can. If you know it's gonna save your time in the long run so you can build all the out all these different options, right? And so you may have a template that has like this eight pages with eight different variations. But when you come to do your project, you're not gonna worry about half of these. You're gonna find the one that makes sense for you. So if I know I'm gonna do these two images here, I would just come over to my folders. I would jump into the folder or the upload wherever, Wherever I have put my images, then you can just grab your images. You can grab out. You can drag him in. You can reposition, however you need. Teoh also, I'll drop this other one here and this is really easy because I've done that work up front . So now I'm just repositioning, getting it the way I want. And then I can ignore all these other options because those were just there if I needed them, if I was gonna do something with three images, if I was gonna do something with a lot more images, But so you just do the one you want. And then when you come to download your project, you don't have to download all those other pages. Just go find the one you want. So if you use this page six right here, you would check that box and download that. So the whole idea is template in. You're gonna put in a little bit more work up front, but you're gonna build an asset that's really going to save you time in the long run. So as we get into this course, we're just gonna hammer template ing again and again. It's gonna be somewhat repetitive, but I just want to drill it into your brain that if you develop this smart workflow, you're really gonna save time. All right, I'll see in the next section. 13. The 1-Click Background Remover: this'll s when we're talking about the can va background removal tool. This is one of the newer tools at the time of this recording that Campbell offers. It is only available for the pro account. So let me just cushion you with that ahead of time. You might not wanna watch this if you have a free account, because right now, this is on Lee a pro feature. Ah, but I struggled at first where to put this inside the course. But I decided to put this within the foundations for success because when I first tried this, I was blown away by how well this worked. So what it is, it's a one click button. When you have a photo selected, it's gonna attempt to find the subject and then get rid of the background. And it really does work well. And what it does is going to open up even more graphics for you to use them in different ways and have even mawr assets in your library. Because a lot of photos you may want to use them into design, but it's not really gonna work because of the background in the photo. But now, when you have the ability to remove the background and just cut out a person or another element within the photo, then you really have another way to use an asset. So I thought this was an important tool. And so we're gonna cover it here in the foundations for success. And it's really, really easy to use. So all you're going to dio is at a photo to your project, and then when you have that photo selected, you will then see this effects menu option up here. So all you do then is click on these effects option here, and you have a bunch of different options for things you can do, Ah, to your photo. But the one we're going to focus on is this background removal right here. And it even says, Remove the background of your image with one click. So you click this in the artificial intelligence and the algorithms that Campbell has built behind the scenes are gonna goto work. And so I'm gonna click, and we'll let it turn away. Now, this actually works pretty quickly, especially for something like this, as complicated as it as it is. So I've had this take between five seconds and maybe 20 to 30 seconds. Depends on the photo, but it does work quickly. Sometimes it's only like five seconds. And so what it does is it turns away here, and then you'll see the background at one point flashier and shows one of the mask of the area is going to get rid of. And then it's gonna attempt to return to you just that subject with the background removed . So look at that. Look at how nice of a job it did. I've worked in tons of other programs. I love Photoshopped. Photo shop is a great program, but they have a one click button like this, and it does not work nearly as well. Especially when we zoom in here someone a zoom in and we look at, like, the area of this girl's hair. So let me just drag down here. Look at how nice of a job it did at thes complicate it did with these complicated edges. So this is a tool that works really, really well. Let me fit this back to screen. Now, Is this going to be a magic perfect tool and work perfect every time? No, It's not obviously things where the background is more simple. It's going to do a better job. But I've done some testing on this, and I am surprised at how often it does work and does return a very, very high quality result. So you will have to just experiment around. But we'll go through a couple examples here. So here's one here where the girl's hair, this red hair. It's not that distinct from the background here, but let's watch and see with a photo like this again, I click on the photo. I come up to effects, so try that again. Photo effects have this back on removal tool, so I click on that one click. It's going to start to goto work. It's gonna attempt to isolate what it thinks is the means subject, and it's going to attempt to remove that background so we'll let it turn away and again, it may depend on the day it may depend on your computer, but I found that this works pretty quickly, and I've never really had it take more than 20 or 30 seconds, no matter how complicated the photo. But so give it a try and you see how it works on your machine? But you see, it flashes there and then it's about to return results. And so look at that. Is this absolutely perfect? No, it's not absolutely perfect, but it did a really good job. So if I come in here and we zoom around a little bit, yeah, these edges are not absolutely perfect. But I'm still surprised at that high quality result, because again, we're at 200% now. If I go back to 100% this is really, really a good job, and it's gonna be a very usable asset. So just for example, now, if I went and I grabbed the different background, I could just drop in a background to this design here and now you have your subject isolated on new background. Now, obviously something like this, where the girl's shoulders will were cut off because that's just the way the photograph is shot. You're gonna have to pay attention to what you're starting asked, that is and how you want to use it. But very effectively. You can come in here and you can remove the background, and then you can start to put it in