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Create Quick & Easy YouTube Shorts Videos with Canva

teacher avatar Shelia Huggins, Lifestyle & Business

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction: Using Canva for YouTube Shorts


    • 2.

      The Requirements for YouTube Shorts Videos


    • 3.

      Getting Started with Canva: Free & Paid


    • 4.

      Something Special About this Process


    • 5.

      Breaking Down My Example YouTube Shorts Video


    • 6.

      Three Video Excerpts/Examples to Review


    • 7.

      Creating the Video


    • 8.

      The Class Project


    • 9.

      The Wrap


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About This Class


In this class you'll learn how to make short vertical videos using Canva and Canva Pro. While these videos can be uploaded to YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms, this class is tailored for YouTube shorts.

YouTube shorts are vertical videos that are less than 60 seconds. An introduction to YouTube shorts is provided in one of the class lessons. They can be uploaded from your phone or computer. In this class, you'll become familiar with the process of creating short videos, adding animation, formatting text, and learning about the templates available on Canva. And finally, the class will focus on using the phone to create short videos so that you can work on your video projects no matter where you are.

Specifically, you will learn the following:

  • How to create videos that meet the YouTube shorts criteria
  • How to use templates to make videos quickly
  • How to use animation to make videos that stand out and keep people watching
  • How to time each video segment


While any skill level can take this course, it's helpful if you already have an understanding of how to edit video. You should also have a Canva account, free or paid. It would also be helpful if you have a minimal understanding of how to use Canva.


  • Course Introduction: Using Canva for YouTube Shorts
  • The Requirements for YouTube Shorts Videos
  • Getting Started with Canva: Free & Paid
  • Something Special About this Process
  • Breaking Down My Example YouTube Shorts Video
  • Three Video Excerpts/Example to Review
  • Creating the Videos
  • The Class Project
  • The Wrap

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Shelia Huggins

Lifestyle & Business




Shelia Huggins is a North Carolina business law attorney and lifestyle strategist, and she's ready to help you reach your goals. She's taught numerous legal courses, including Entertainment and Business Law in the university setting. She has a certificate in Documentary Studies from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and has worked on several documentary projects.


Shelia has spoken at Wake Forest University School of Law, Duke University School of Business and formerly served on the Board of Visitors for the School of Business at North Carolina Centra... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Using Canva for YouTube Shorts: Hi, my name is Sheila. Welcome to the class that will teach you how to use Canvas to create videos for YouTube shorts. Now, if you've never heard of Canva or YouTube shorts, that's okay. I'll provide an overview of each of those. But if you're already familiar, then that part will be a quick refresher for you. So let's talk about why you should take this class. Youtube is the number two search engine in the world, ranking only behind Google. Consequently, if you're looking to build a community of video channel, make money, or even sell services. Youtube can be a great way to make that happen, but the competition for eyeballs is fierce. It's estimated that over 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. So you need a way to stand out and boosting YouTube shorts is a great way to do that. And guess what? It's even better if your YouTube shorts offers something different. Here's what you'll learn in this course. How to create videos that meet the YouTube shorts criteria. How to use templates to make videos quickly, how to use animation to make videos that stand out and actually keep people watching. How did time each video segment. Now that you know what you'll learn when you're done. What about the things you need to know and need to have before you get started. Well, we're going to go over that too. If you don't already have a Canvas account, we'll start there. If you already have a Canva account, you can skip that part and move right into building your first Youtube short video. When you're done with this class, you're going to be excited about how quickly you can turn around video production and start to create YouTube short videos. You may even want to start a channel that only has short videos. Let's stop talking and let's get started. 2. The Requirements for YouTube Shorts Videos: Youtube shorts is a new short form video experience for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using nothing but their mobile phones. Youtube shorts as a wave for anyone to connect with a new audience using just a smart phone and the shorts camera in the YouTube app. Youtube's short creation tools make it easy to create short form videos that are up to 60 seconds long with our multi-segment camera. So basically, here are the requirements. One vertical video and to no more than 60 seconds long. That's it. And yes, it seems easy enough. So easy that you don't even need Canva, you can actually record shorts using the YouTube app on your phone. But you are not here because you want to do the regular, you wanna do something different. You want to stand out. So let's head to the next lesson to talk about Canva. 3. Getting Started with Canva: Free & Paid: In this lesson, we're going to talk about starting your Canvas account, sitting in up, deciding between the free version and the pro version. Everything that will get you on your way. You can find Canva, IT CAN, and learn how to create your own designs. There are so many templates ready to go for you to use. Of course, we're going to be focusing on videos. For YouTube. You can work on Canvas or on your computer, or you can download the app and work on it on your cell phone. In either case, you have access to the pro version or the free version. The pro version is 1299 a month and it comes with a variety of features, as you can see shown here. One of the things that I like best about using Canva would be the number of templates that they have available. They also have photos that are already there that you can use and you don't have to worry about copyright infringement or anything like that. You can resize, get rid of the bad ground. You can animate, which is what I'm going to be showing you in this video. So if you take a look here at the Instagram posts templates which would be available. You can see that some of them are marked free at the bottom and some are not. And when we get down to the end, you will see that I've circled ones that show what you will see when it's the free version versus the pro version. Now, you can't just sign up and use the free version, or you can go ahead and upgrade to the Canva pro version. That is the version that will be free for 30 days. But a lot of people ask, Hey, can I use Canva for free? Yes, Canada is always free to use for everyone. You can just decide when you want to upgrade to Canva pro or not. Of course, in this course, I am recommending that you go ahead and upgrade so that you can use all the features. 4. Something Special About this Process: In this lesson, we're going to talk about why this process is so special. Yes, special. It's because for introverts and people who are afraid of showing themselves on camera, this is a way to put videos out there without having to worry about all of those people who are interested in what you're doing. It also gives you a chance to build an audience. You get more eyeballs on your video instead of on you. It gives people a chance to connect directly with the topic and the information that you're presenting. It's great for introverts, so cores, It's also great for people who just want to hide their face because they don't want to be seen or don't want other people to see them. And then finally, for people who may just really need some privacy for what ever reason. But in the end, it's great for anyone. 5. Breaking Down My Example YouTube Shorts Video: So let's look at an example. Let's head over to Canada. We're going to click on one of my most recent short YouTube videos that I made here for you to take a look at. And as you can see down at the bottom, this really is about seven pages. Each one is different, a base them all on templates that are already available in Canva. And then I just inserted my pictures and some of the wording there. And then of course at the bottom, you can see all of the different templates there that are set up and then all of the changes that you can make to any of the pages. Now let's take a look at the final product. As you can see, I've got lots of animation going on here. In the final product, I did add in Bagram music. I have a subscription to a music store, I guess we would call it, so that it adds a little extra in the background. But that is pretty much it in terms of what I put together. We have the final page. Now that you've had a chance to see the whole video, I'm going to break down each of the components that goes into putting one of these together. In this case, I'm going to talk about the one that I did here. So of course, I've got the title at the top and you can change an ad that I inserted my own picture, I remove the background there, which is why the back as black. And then of course the text. This was a different template. Of course I added my own picture. And then the text at the top, that text at the bottom. And then I added that little animated feature down there at the bottom to give it more interest. This particular template you see sort of the bouncing balls there and the insert of me plus the text. Thankfully the bouncing balls were already there. The animation in this one was already there too. And in this one, so it's the same thing. The only thing I added was my picture. This is actually one of my favorite ones. I love the animation. At the top, of course, I added my own text and then three pictures, and then the text at the bottom. And so this one text also a picture I pulled in, I think directly from Canva or either pixels or Pixabay. I'm not sure. My picture with the background removed. And then this piece is actually a video that was available in Canada. And so I just inserted it for more interests and then added text at the bottom there. So again, nice lots going on. And then I finalized it with a picture of me. In this one, I didn't remove the background and then you have the texts also. So as you see, you can change the text. For each of these. You've got everything down here below. You can actually change the size, move it around and do anything that you wanna do with it. Now, you've got animation so that you can change either the whole page or just a feature. And you can pick and choose which ones you want to either add animation to or not, and you can make it very different. Of course there you see the Canva pro animations with the little crown. They are letting you know that those are only available through the Canva pro. Of course, you can change the text so that it has a different feature. And then we're back down here to the bottom. And again, you can see a lot of the features that are available there use. So as you see, there are lots of different things that you're able to do with this. And as you can see, I've done a lot with my own, with very few pages. As a matter of fact, you can be as creative as you want to be with this in terms of how you put together information or knowledge that you want to share. You should also have fun with it. 6. Three Video Excerpts/Examples to Review: In this lesson, we're going to go over three different examples, just providing you with some excerpts so you can see the vertical view of how some of my other projects look. Now I've tweaked some of these a little bit and these are just parts and pieces of those. Just so you can see how you can add video, graphics, texts, and how these can make a difference. You can also take and develop a theme across all of your videos by using the same concept. Or as you see in example 2 here, you can do something entirely different. In this case, I went with a bright orange theme as something very different. And of course you see the tumble animation that's across all of the videos. So this is definitely something very different from the first pieces that you saw leading up to our final example, which then goes back to something that's very similar to the first. But again, it's something entirely different and I love those little aspects of having the videos in there. Here you see, I've actually put in faces of people and then we're back to doing pictures and text. So I hope this gives you an idea of some of the different types of things that you can do when you're putting together a short video using Canva or Canva pro. In either case, you're able to use the templates that they already have to create exactly what you're looking for. 7. Creating the Video: While you can start with a blank page, you can also go in and find all kinds of things to insert. Or you can just go to the templates and go through all of these different kinds that they have available. Different colors, different backgrounds, different fonts, different names. All of them there that you can see. I'm gonna go with this one because I do like the animation at the top. If you saw the video before this, then you know that I have already used this one in one of my short videos. Some of the themes like this, when do come with things that are already in them, that are animated. And so that's kind of helpful. And then here at the bottom you can go through and add other things like flowers and nature and who backgrounds to your page. You can search for what you're looking for here in the search bar. And then you would just pull up, for instance, I put in sunrise. You could just pull up all kinds of sunrises there to choose from among. And just like I was saying, if you have it on all, then you can pick photos, graphics, videos. All of them will show up at one time, or you can click on the different ones and then only a certain one will come up. And as you see there, that'll make it a lot easier. And then of course you even have audio. So that's from elements down at the very bottom. You see that I have that highlighted and that's where you're able to pull up when you do an element's search for any one of those items at the top of the page. So let's go back to our page. We're going to pick this sunrise and I just click on it and drop it right in. You can move it around. There's a frame there, you can center it. And so this is really helpful for making sure that all of the items that you're entering into your video bit in this space and that they're all lined up so you do have something to work with there. All right, so back to searching for more elements here, just taking a look at those, the different things that are available, I'm trying to decide what else I wanna do, not sure about any of these year. And those are just videos. And then back to photos here and then back to the graphics. At the bottom, of course, you see everything that you can do. You can add logos and all of those things and you can change the colors. Here's where you see. You can check on animation. And now you can see all of the animated graphics that relate to Sunrise, which is very interesting because some of those I wouldn't think of. But yeah, you've got quite a few there. So that filtering does sort of help it out and make it a little bit easier. Then of course, you can go back and search for something else. I'm going to pick these star is here. And you can actually duplicate the stars by hitting on the duplicate button down there at the bottom. And then you can move them all around to wherever you want them to show up. I'm putting them over here on the side because that's sort of what I'm liking there. And then of course you can change the color. And let's just click on the yellow, but I don't really like the yellow. It possibly could work because the little things above or yellow, but deciding against that, we're going to go back to black there and we're just going to stick with that. So that's what our video looks like right now. We've got that animated portion at the top. And we can also either animate the elements like the stars. They are. We can do a full page animation. So in this case, I've got a star is highlighted and now I'm bringing in them from the side with an animation or not. So you can pick and choose C. They're sliding across the screen there. And that's giving us an idea of what that's gonna look like. When I do different animations for the elements. And then for page, I've been using tumble for the page. And that's been working fine. I kind of really like tumble because it gives a bit more of a feel that there's stuff going on and that is so vibrant and some sort of liking that. Okay, you can also change the font there. You've got a lot to choose from among. So if you have a font theme that you want to use across a video, then you can definitely change it for each one. And then I'm going to change the actual text up here at the top. Change that to hello there something kind of different. Yeah, I guess that that's we're gonna go with that. All right. So let's go back and see what else we want to find. And I'm going to put in something else here. I'm going to look for woman, see if we can find a woman. And I'm just going to go ahead and leave it on all. But I'm thinking I want to find a woman. Ha, there's an animated one that looks kind of interesting. But I'm thinking maybe want one without a background to some of these interesting. And again, I could totally be filtering this out at the top by clicking on photos, graphics, videos. Either one of those would sort of get my search a little more focused. But right now I'm just sort of scrolling through all of them to see if there's anything that really sort of sticking out for me and just not seeing anything. Let me go back up to the top here to see him. So I think I'm gonna go with her. Yeah. We're gonna stick her and move her around again, like I said before, you can increase or decrease the size of these. I'm bigger and make them smaller. Whatever you wanna do, each element is a little different in terms of what you can do with them. But I think she's going to work there, but I'm going to move the star is around just a little bit so that they aren't like right on top of her. And again, you know, you can be as creative as you want to be with these. And I think that's what I really like the most about it. That you're not stuck with any particular sort of template. You can even take a template and move things around, or you can start from scratch and move things around. So that's really helpful. And that's one of the things I really like. So let's test it out and see what it looks like. Yeah, I think that I think that may work for me. And we're going to go with that. The next thing you can do is take a look at the timing to see if the timing is actually working. All right, I think I'm gonna go ahead and put in a new page now so that we can work on that. And as you see, it just automatically carried over the same color. And so again, that sort of helps with the theme. But I do want to go in here and see if I can find another woman that I might be interested in putting in. And she's kinda catching my attention here with shopping bag. So I think I'm going to put her in there down in the corner. Maybe make it a little bit bigger. Yeah. I think that'll work. So we're going to stick her in the corner there and make her just a little bit bigger. I'll do like the way she sort of swinging the bags back and forth and her leg is going. And so that's already a little animated feature that's working for me. So now I'm going to go back and see what else I can find that I might be interested. I think I might like the shine. Let's put that in there. We'll move that to the top corner. And then let's see what we might want to do with that. I think it looks great there, but you can actually click on each of the words. You can actually ungroup the whole thing, but you can click on each of those and then decide if you want to change those up. So let's see, let's go back down here to the bottom. Maybe let's click on the color there. We're going to change the color to white. I think I kinda like that, that looks kinda different. The yellow was kind of, you know, with all three of them being yellow. It was a little much yellow sort of carried over from the first video too. But I think I do like the bottom one in white. So I think I will definitely go with that choice. All right, so next, let me think about what else I wanted to do. Scroll through the bottom here. Maybe I want to change the animation. They Rico, do something different with that, since the white MAN is different and try some different things there. So let's see. Now this is what it looks like altogether. And the next one, does the typewriter ON shine. So that's kinda cubed. All right? And if you actually hit that Play button in the top right-hand corner, that is what gives you the opportunity to play those out as if they were a video. All right. Let's go back in now and we're going to go ahead and download it so that we'll have it on our phone. Or if you're using your computer, it will just download to your computer. And that's pretty much it for this tutorial. 8. The Class Project: Now let's get to that class project that you've been trying to do. Don't forget that your video needs to be vertical and you can add animations, photo video, look, be creative, use your brain and come up with all kinds of things to make it exciting. Try to have at least two to three video pages and go ahead and share your class projects so that everyone else can enjoy it too. 9. The Wrap: Well, that's it for the class. I hope you enjoyed it and I definitely hope you will try making short videos using Canva free version or the Canva pro paid version. Go ahead, throw some animations in there. Change of that text, play with your timing at video, photos, graphics, whatever it is you need to get your ideas and points across and then go ahead and use those videos on any social media that you want to. You're not just limited to YouTube shorts. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and don't forget to upload and share your class project. Don't forget to check out some of my other classes with Skillshare.