So I’ve talked about how you can use a free online tool named Color Hunt to get inspiration for color palettes and it even has hex codes available so you can use the colors immediately.
But what if you want to use the color scheme of a specific image or company logo you found online?
You can literally just copy and paste an image and the color will be automatically detected and will show up in “Photo Colors”.
For backgrounds that might be clashing a little bit with the elements on top follow this steps:
And now, as you can see below, there’s more of a separation between the background and words on top.
If you want a specific element to pop a bit more on screen:
This combination of the blurred background and the outline will really help the main elements stand out a bit more.
As you can see in my design, I just used a bunch of splatter elements. Some are pure white in color, to make it seem like the icon is disappearing and some are colored in, to make it seem like some particles are floating away.
Instead of boring you with a walkthrough I linked this exact design in the Resources section on top so you can make a copy and play around with it.
I’ve categorized the next 4 tips under “efficiency” since they’re all designed to increase your productivity when using Canva.
Just press CMD+D or CTRL+D on Windows to duplicate an element, or you can press ALT or OPTION keys to duplicate and drag.
Furthermore, you can double click to start cropping and quickly access cool effects and since they are 2 separate images you can highlight the two and press CMD+G to group them together.
Go to Files > Show Ruler > drag a vertical guide from the left to the middle to make sure the image is centered. You can also click Position > Center to do the same thing.
Press “R” to quickly create a rectangle > Resize > change transparency to highlight the address like this.
Now there are multiple layers, I can hold down “CMD” on Mac or “CTRL” on Windows and click to select the different layers.
Huge thanks to Aurelius Tjin for sharing this tip in his Canva tutorial video, check out his channel for more!
Other keyboard shortcuts you might want to remember are:
Once you’re happy with your design make sure you zoom out a bit by holding down “CMD” or “CTRL” and scrolling out since you want to see how your design looks from afar.
The next 5 tips are for students and working professionals alike.
If you have a screenshot or a product mockup to include in a presentation, make it look more natural by going to Edit Image > Smart mockups > and picking one you like. Alternatively you can also search for “Frames” for a more basic look and feel.
In your final presentation at work, incremental small changes like the image below, it will make a larger difference than you think in the eyes of your audience.
Another hack I wish I knew much earlier in life, is that you can actually drag any PDF into Canva and the file becomes editable.
Interestingly enough if you’re a working professional you probably don’t need to design your own business card, but if you’re a student I highly recommend you make one, you will stand out from your peers during the internship or job search process.
And because I’m the best, I’ve already created a free template for you to use and I already linked it in the Resources Section on top.
If you don’t think this is good enough, fine, go to the homepage, type in “business cards” and choose one of the templates.
Btw, you don’t need to actually print these. Simply download as a PNG or JPEG image and send this as part of a follow up after a networking chat or informational interview.
Throughout this post you might have noticed my color and font choices look pretty good 😏.
And that’s thanks to Canva’s free guide on font pairing, where they list out 30 very aesthetic examples, it will help you A LOT!
This free color wheel tool will walk you through what types of colors go well together.
I am not artistic, I have never studied design so I guarantee you, these are very dummy friendly!
This tool works for both people and logos. You literally click on Edit Image > Background Remover and the background is gone.
After getting rid of the white background of a logo for example, you can download the image with a transparent background so you can insert it into a presentation or a video.
Basically go to any element > Go to color > Pick color and you can select the dropper tool to copy any color that’s on your screen.
Yes you can do the same thing with the first hack I talked about, but this speeds things up drastically.
Then feel free to check out my 7 Creative Ways to use Canva video!