How to quickly edit your templates in Canva
Today I am going to share with you how to quickly and easily edit your Canva templates. I will show you how to navigate around the Canva dashboard, how to edit colors, text images and Canva elements. Plus learn how to change the color on every design with one simple click.
Purchasing Canva templates will help you to create your own posts and graphics that stand out. All our templates are 100% customizable so you edit each template with your brand colors, text and images. The design work has already been done. All you need to do is edit them as much or as little as you want.
It won’t take much time to learn how to edit your files. So let’s get started.
1. Login to canva
Sign up for a free Canva account or login. You can do this here. You can choose to sign up for a Free or Pro Account. You only need the free version to access your templates.
2. OPEN YOUR FILE
Click on the link that gives you access to your Canva templates. The link will take you to a page that looks like this:
Click on the ‘Use template’ button to open your copy. Your copy will open in your Canva dashboard. A copy will automatically be copied and saved to your Canva account. You will see it on the homepage under ‘your designs’.
TIP: Before you start editing your file, make sure you save a copy of the original file. So if you make changes you are not happy with you can always refer back to the original. In the file, name remove the Copy of and replace it with MASTER. Then go to file and click make a copy. Edit on your new copy version.
The dashboard is where you will edit your template files. Here is a description of each part;
1. Menu bar: is the very top bar and is where you can access features like undo, redo, share and publish. You can rename your file here. You can also view your saving status, for example, all changes saved. Canva automatically saves your file after you make an edit.
2. Tool bar: is where you can customize your design elements. This will change depending on what you are editing.
3. Side panel: is where you can access the tools needed for you to edit your design. It’s divided into tabs, Templates, Uploads, Photos, Elements, Text, Videos, Background, Folders, and More.
4. Canvas section: this is your main workspace where your design will be.
5. Zoom: where you can adjust the view size of your design.
6. Help section: located in the bottom right.
4. EDIT THE COLORS
To change the colors, simply click on the element, then click on the color box. Chose a color from the left side panel and the color will change. You can add a new color by clicking on the new color box. You can go back to the original colour by simply clicking the arrow in the menu bar to undo.
TO EDIT COLORS ALL TOGETHER : Simply click on the color, click the new color, then down the bottom click change all. This will change all elements from pink to the new blue color. This feature is so handy as it allows you to change a color with one click rather than scrolling through the document changing every color one by one.
To view your new color across all your designs, click on the page manager located in the bottom right hand corner. In this image below you can see all the elements that were pink are now blue. Continue changing all your colors until you have changed them to your brand colors. You can keep referring back to the page manager to check all colors have been changed.
5. EDIT THE TEXT & FONTS
To change the text click on the text box, highlight the text and start typing. To change to font, highlight the text and click a font from the toolbar.
You can change the size, the color and the alignment. You can also adjust the letter spacing and the line-height.
6. EDITING THE IMAGES
To change the photo click on the photo. Click on either photos or uploads in the side panel. You can use Canva images by clicking the photos icon and searching for images. You will see trending images some are free and the ones that have a dollar sign on them you can purchase. There is also pro images that you can use if you have a Canva pro account. To use your own photos, click uploads – upload an image or video then upload your image. To move the photo to fit your space simple double click the image and move it around. You can also adjust the image by clicking adjust in the toolbar. Here you can play with the brightness, contrast, saturation.
7. EDITING ELEMENTS
To edit or add elements click on the elements icon. You can upload your own elements or search for new ones under the elements icon.
8. SAVING YOUR FILES
Once you are ready to save your file click Download in the menu bar. Click download, select the file (png is recommended for posts), scroll down and select the exact page you want to save, then click done.
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