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Monday, November 23, 2020

Tutorial 14 - Design Flyer for Beauty Salon in Canva

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Canva is adding new elements and features to its platform frequently. Whenever I decide to create any design in Canva, I explore it deeply. I try to use and mix up different elements. Sometimes this practice generates results that motivate me to keep exploring Canva more and more.

In today's article, I will share a video tutorial for one of the recent flyer designs that I created in Canva. Before you watch this video, I would request you to please go through the below mentioned some tricks which I have used while creating this design.

Tutorial 14 - Design Flyer for Beauty Salon in Canva

All the elements used in this design are available in Canva. If you are not using a pro version then I would recommend you to avail of their 30 days free trial period and have full freedom to know about Canva.

  • The Shinny star used in this design is the only element from outside. You can download this star from my google drive link here.
  • For the yellow brushstroke in the center of the design, First, you need to download it as PNG transparent file and then need to re-upload it to apply adjustment as per the below screenshot.

Tutorial 14 - Design Flyer for Beauty Salon in Canva

  • I have applied two-tone gradients at the end of the design, move this gradient backward until you bring it to the top of background.
  • When you will complete this design, Download it as JPG. Use the Instagram post size and upload it here. Go to element and select rectangle shape, apply a suitable color for this shape as well as for the background. Increase the size of this shape a bit more than the original JPG image and move it backward. Now increase the brightness for this shape, blur it, and reduce the transparency to achieve the shadow look as shown in the final flyer.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Tutorial 13 - Design Fast Food social media post in Canva

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Eye-catching social media posts are essential for the online marketing of any brand. People are spending millions of dollars on social media websites daily. Many of them don't get the desire results. Though there are many factors associated with this issue, designs are one of the main reasons.

With the help of canva online, You can design any social media posts for your food or any business. Today I will share the steps for one of the food posts I created in Canva. Some of the elements I used from the pro version of canva. You can also avail of pro features with 30 days free trial offer here.

Tutorial 13 - Design Fast Food social media post in Canva

Step-1- Select a background from the photo section with the keyword "Smoke". See the below screenshot for your easy reference. Select red smoke, apply it on the canvas, and stretch it as per your requirement.

Tutorial 13 - Design Fast Food social media post in Canva

Step-2- Select a Blob from the elements section. Apply it at the bottom of the photo with a little stretch. See the below screenshots for your reference.

Tutorial 13 - Design Fast Food social media post in Canva

Step-3- Write the text "Super Delicious Burger". For this text, I have used the font "Rawk Brush" but it was not available in canva. You can download it from fontspace.com and upload it to canva. Please check this tutorial to know how to upload any font in canva?

Step-5- For three lines at right and left and scribbles on the above text, see the below screenshots for your reference. 


Step-6- Write the "food logo" in the element section and select any suitable for your design or place your logo at the upper right corner.

Step-7-Select a Burger photo from the photo section, place it in the center. 

Step-8- To apply shadow under the burger, write "drop shadow" in the photo section, and select oval shape shadow, place it under the burger. Reduce the transparency of shadow with the best adjustment.


Step-9- Write "online delivery" in the element section for bike rider placed in the right bottom corner.

Step-10- For a "circle" with the price and "order now" at the bottom, Use gradients shapes from the elements section. Use the element "dotted circle" from the element section.

This design is just an idea to design any food post in canva. You can use hundreds of other elements available in canva to create attractive designs for your brands or clients.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Tutorial 12 - Three creative ways to use Brushstrokes in Canva

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Canva online offers many excellent tools and features. Brushstrokes are one of them. I have created a couple of designs using BRUSHSTROKES so far but never came across such an authentic way of using it before I saw designs by Gleziel Magno. She is playing with these brushstrokes amazingly. See below some designs, she shared on the Facebook group "Canva design circle".

Tutorial 12 - Three creative ways to use Brushstrokes in Canva
Created in Canva by Gleziel Magno

In my list of three, This is the number 1 way of using Bruskstrokes in Canva. The best thing is that Gleziel is sharing short and quick tutorials for each of her designs. I am sure once you will see the way she is creating her designs using brushstrokes, you will not only love her work but will also want to create something similar using canva brushstrokes. 

Created in Canva by Gleziel Magno
Created in Canva by Gleziel Magno

I am sharing the link to her Youtube channel where she shares tutorials. It is my strong recommendation to subscribe to her channel if you want to explore a new world of canva designs. It will also boost up your creativity in this platform. 

Below is the video for your quick reference to know the rest of the two ways of using brushstrokes that I developed for my designs.

2- You can stretch the brushstrokes as much as your requirements, change the color and place them on photos as per your need. You don't need to use specific frames or shapes. This option is workable when you need some edgy looks in your designs. It also gives some classy look.

Tutorial 12 - Three creative ways to use Brushstrokes in Canva

3 - This option can is helpful when you need some peeled off or cut off effect. I used this technique for my design "Mango splash". For splash effect in this design, You can either download it from google (Ong file) or use already available water splashes from Canva elements. 

Tutorial 12 - Three creative ways to use Brushstrokes in Canva

Let me know in the comments which option are you going to use now for your design. I am sure you will also love the first one like me :)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva

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Whenever I start creating something on CANVA, it takes me to the next level of creativity with its extraordinary features and elements. Sometimes I feel like, Oh Did I make it in canva? WOW!

You must have heard the famous quote by Milton Glaser :

"There are three responses to a piece of design - yes, no, and WOW!  

WOW is the one to aim for."

Over the weekend, I have created a promotional video for some Funland / Carnival. In this tutorial, I will guide you with the steps to create videos similar to this. 

Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva

What will you learn?

  • How to create a Puffy text effect in Canva?
  • Create Funland / Carnival promotional videos in Canva

How to create a Puffy text effect in Canva?


Create Funland / Carnival promotional videos in Canva

Step-1- Search an element "Circular radiating rays" from the elements section that is the main element of this design. 

Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva

Step-2- Apply the color to the background as per your need.

Step-3- Change the color of the element "Radiating rays" into white. Stretch it on the canvas as per your need.

Step-4- Create ten copies of this slide.

Step-5- Now start playing with transparency for each slide. For the first slide, reduce the transparency level to "0". For the second slide, keep it with "10", for the third slide, keep it with "20" and then gradually increase it with 10 points up to 100 until the last slide.

Step-6- Now place all your other elements, Like "Joker" and "carnival", See below screenshots for your reference. 
Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva

Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva

Step-7- Now start applying the animations. Do not animate the first slide, Animate all next nine slides with "Rise".

Step-8- Set the timing of each slide with 1.5 seconds.

Tutorial 11 - Create Funland promotional video in Canva


Step-9- Add the music of your choice. I applied "Fun Fact" from the canva music library. 

Step-10- Save all slides at once in the MP4 video format.


You have done with it :)

Tutorial 10 - Design Logo, Business Card and Letterheads in Canva

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Logos, Business cards, and Letterheads always play a vital role in the promotion of your company or brand. Although digital marketing has minimized the use of the business card and letterheads still their importance will remain alive for all the official agreements as well as for one on one business meetings.

Canva online is a tool that provides thousands of free templates along with extraordinary features to design all these brand kits. Below is the logo, card, and letterhead which I designed for my friend.

Tutorial 10 - Design Logos, Business Cards and Letterheads in Canva
Business Card - Front

Tutorial 10 - Design Logos, Business Cards and Letterheads in Canva
Business Card - Back


Tutorial 10 - Design Logos, Business Cards and Letterheads in Canva
Letterhead

You only need to type relevant keywords in the search bar of their website front interface. Canva will show you plenty of options in your desire category. 

Tutorial 10 - Design Logo, Business Card and Letterheads in Canva

Recently I have created a logo, business card, and letterhead for one of my friends in canva.

I have designed it according to his requirement that helped me to learn so many new things which I wanted to share with you if you are also learning canva wholeheartedly. 

What will you learn today?

  • Best websites for super fonts and styles
  • How to upload any font into canva?
  • How to add the two-tone background gradient in Canva?
  • How to change the style and color of any font /background with one click in canva?

My friend has suggested me to use the font "Bodoni MT Condensed", but this font was not available in canva. I searched for different websites and found the file of this font. In this search, I also found some other valuable sites which will be very helpful for you while designing anything in canva. 

Best websites for super fonts and styles

How to upload any font into canva?

Canva offers to upload any outside logo, new color palettes, or fonts. This option is available for canva Pro users only. Don't worry, Canva offers 30 days free trial period for the pro version. You must try it to explore the different features of Canva. 


How to add the two-tone background gradient in Canva?

There are two options to add two-tone gradients in canva.
  • You can either add it through the photos section or through elements.
  • In photos, You need to type the keyword i.e Red gradient, etc but in the elements section, You just need to write "Gradient". If you need a specific shape then add it in your keyword i.e gradient rectangle.  

How to change the style and color of any font /background with one click in canva?

This option is also available for pro users only but you can try it with a free trial period.


If you need a net pattern that I used in my design, Just write "Net elements" in the elements section. You will get it. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

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Are you a real state builder, property dealer, or owner of any construction company?. If yes, then this post is for you because you can design such creative ads for your company by yourself so easily on Canva and promote your business/company effectively in this digital world.

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

If you are a designer or social media manager, then this tutorial can help you to attract many clients online related to this field, and of course, it will boost your freelance profile as well.

Before I move further, Let me reveal that some of the features used in this design are available for canva pro users only, but you should not be worried about it. Canva is offering 30 days free trial period for their pro version. You must avail it to know this platform deeply. Why not start with this design? I am sure you will be loving Canva.

You will learn...

  • Design creative social media ad for builders in Canva
  • How to create a double exposure effect in Canva?
  • You will know about the Background remover brush option in Canva.
  • How to create a brick effect in Canva?

Design creative social media ad for builders in Canva

Step 1 - Select any two photos from the photos section, remove the background from (effects - background remover). Clean the edges of your photo after background removal only if required, through a canva background removal brush. See the below images for your better understanding. 

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

Background remover brush option in Canva

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

Step 2 - For the background color, use the photo color pallet so that you can stick yourself within the same color scheme while making your design.

Canva photo color pallet

How to create a double exposure effect in Canva?

Step 3 - This is one of the most important and tricky parts of this design. In which you know that how did I write builder with images on its top. I call it a double exposure technique in canva. Those who work on photoshop are familiar with this technique. In this tutorial, I tried to create something similar to that technique and was amazed to see the results in the end. 

Watch the below video for this technique in canva. You can fast forward it once you get the technique but don't forget to watch the last three minutes which are very important in this video. 

Step 4 - I created two versions of this design. In the first version, After I have done with step 3, grouped the complete working on BUILDER, flip it vertically, and reduce the transparency up to 70% to achieve some crystal shadow look. In the other version, I tried to achieve some looks similar to bricks for this bottom / flipped portion. To apply this brick effect, (Go to Effects - Select  Screen - Apply Canvas). See the below screenshots for your quick understanding. 

Tutorial 9 - Design Social Media Ad for Builders

How to create a brick effect in Canva?

How to create brick effect in Canva

You can download the shinny star through this link.

The rest of the elements, gradients are available in the elements section of canva. If you are facing difficulty to get any, write in the comments, I would love to help you to find those elements.