Whether you’re cramming a presentation deck or prepping your next IG post, Canva is probably your go-to design platform. Versatile and easy, it’s a great online alternative for those who don’t have the time nor the money to use Photoshop or Illustrator. Canva’s wide array of free features can be overwhelming to newbies at first, so here are some quick tips to make your life easier.
10 Useful Canva Hacks Every Student Should Know
1. When looking up elements and templates through the search bar, input design styles as keywords to filter your options more accurately. BTW, Canva’s social media accounts post handy keyword cheat sheets from time to time.
2. Canva also allows you to use various keyboard shortcuts for your convenience. See a list of examples below:
Undo: Cmd/ctrl + “Z” key
Add text: “T” key
Change text to Uppercase: Shift + cmd/ctrl + “K” key
Bold text: cmd/ctrl + “B” key
Duplicate: cmd/ctrl + “D” key
Send forward: cmd/ctrl + “]”
Send backward: cmd/ctrl + “[“
Select all items: cmd/ctrl + “A” key
Group: cmd/ctrl + “G” key
Ungroup: shift + cmd/ctrl + “G” key
3. Incorporate interactive elements into your work by adding hyperlinks. Just select a word or an element then click on the hyperlink button.
4. Everyone knows the struggle of positioning numerous elements so that they look pantay. Fortunately, you can click on Canva’s convenient position button on the upper right to align at least three elements in one go.
5. Need some design pegs? Head to the website’s Design tab under the Learn dropdown to get some inspiration.
6. ICYDK, you can directly edit your photos on the platform. After uploading your image as a project, you can experiment with numerous features like Auto Enhance, Auto Focus, and Background Remover.
7. You can also add free animated elements to your design! Upon entering a keyword under the Elements or Templates tab, click the filter button and select Animated.
8. If you’re working on a group project, select the Share button and add your classmates’ email addresses to your design. That way, you can collaborate in real time and leave comments directly on your work.
9. Last week, Canva added a new feature that allows you to import Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents to your projects. Alongside this, they also added tables under the Elements category.
10. Not a lot of people know this, but you can actually record yourself while screen sharing! You can find the feature under the Uploads button on their website.