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Lesson 3 from: Easy Graphic Design for Your Business with Canva

Matt Stevenson

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3. Canva Account Setup

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Canva Account Setup

Let's dive in so I'm going to go from the presentation to my laptop where we have canada loaded up again it's online s o it's not going to require any kind of downloading of software does require an internet connection of course and a computer so we're going to go to www dot can va dot com the scene right up here and it's going to bring this really cool start page with this great kind of fun graphic in the background don't get distracted we're going tio we're going to create a new account so here I'm going to do let's say matt at right any old email address will do and just pick any old password now what's great is that there's no there is a confirmation process but you'll get that email later campbell wants you to jump right in so once I click the sign up button sign up complete great uh yeah we'll say that password just in case so yes on your ipad your phone in the great question you can use it on your ipad one of the sub segments that we'll talk about a little bit later is where can...

va lives it's not only cloud based meaning online for your laptop but it's also for your devices there's no iphone application as of yet because you kind of need a bigger screen or to see your designs and be ableto manipulate things you know on a on a nice big scale but the ipad version works great I edited stuff actually this morning on a knife head on the go so great question thank you so once we get into the sign of page it it's going toe ask us a very interesting question as of right now, as far as I know, this is not going to change your experience past this point you're not going to get a different interface if you pick work or personal or education this is I think it's info gathering for canada for right now as I mentioned there is a premium tool called can vote for work but you are not purchasing that tool by clicking this button. This is just for them to get some analytics on who's using their tool so for our purposes for this account, we're just gonna go ahead and click the personal in here with our lovely little balloons and we're inside so canvass says wait hang on a second thank you for signing up thank you for coming in, but we want to give you a little bit of a walk through so they have this great little tool and it's called the twenty three second guide to beautiful designing can va it's going take us a little bit more than twenty three seconds just because we're going to run through a little bit slower but this is the elementary entry point uh on boarding process and as you can see it's doing it without me, I'm actually not clicking on anything it's just showing you a really quick twenty three second video of what to expect and that's it don't you don't have to memorize this you don't have to know what's going on it's more like this is what this is the feeling that we're going to get when we're in the tool and that's it twenty three seconds so once it does that it walks you through a couple a couple of fun things on on on what what it just did and I encourage you guys in your own time go do this we're going to walk through it a little bit more in depth and what they're doing here but it's great to be able to refresh your skills and go through this on your own before we go down this I want to stop and take a look at what we're looking at because there's a lot of pieces here like I said it's not his overpowering or abundant and its amount of tools is say photo shop is but there's some stuff that we need to unpack let's start with the the page that we're looking at right here so we have a top bar appear actually just used my mouth we have a top bar here in blue we have this sort of gray area and then this stage we are actually in a design session, let's say, with something that's already been created for us can va basically gives you this piece of design in order to teach you what it is, we're going to pause and go back one step to our account because this segment I want I want to not design anything just yet. I want to go back to our account because we're still doing kind of a set up here, so if we click on the canvas logo, this is the canvas start page that from now on, you're going to see when you log in, it kind of jumps ahead and it says, ok, we want to teach how to use camp it that's great, but I want to show you guys the account first, so here we have three sections, we have the menu over here on the left, we have the create a design, oh, section up here with lots of different options of designs that we could create and then below. Here we have what is going to be our own personal design stream. These are things that we've created. They're going to show up his thumbnails right down here, of course, we just created accounts so there's nothing there just yet, um, let's, see, check my notes here, so we're going to go in and finish our accounts that up if we click on our name up here which it's suggested a name for me because it thinks my name's matt because I didn't matt had fathom creative dot com if we click on it, we're going to get a pop up and we have a couple options we're going to go into view profile here you can also check your settings there's not a line in the settings, but we'll go into it in a second you can create a new team, which we'll talk about later or we could sign out for now we're going to finish our profile by clicking on view profile, so here we have what our profile currently is it's made these wonderful suggestions for me it has suggested a user name uh here, which is my handle, which is used inside of canada and it's also suggested, you know my name, what who am I? I can change any of these settings by clicking on the edit info button I can upload a photo, which I'll do right now, so I clicked on that and I'll go and navigate to my favorite photo and it puts it right in there I can change my name and my handle so let's do my internet name d c m js should be at least six characters thank you for the prompt by the way, if you choose someone else's name like for instance my my work account it's gonna tell me that it's taken so it will just let you know what names are available what are not this is ah tag system it's very similar to what twitter uses eso you'll see we'll see in the main public design stream that you can actually tag other people and say hey check this out so we'll do you have matthew let's say one for great I can type in my website and the reason that we're filling in this information is because people will be able to see our profile if we make a design public which I'll show you how to do it'll show up in a design stream and then people can see who did it and they confined other designs that you've done if you've made them public I am from washington d c and dora that's not true united states and save changes so now we have an account that is our own it's uh password protected cloud based and you can access it from any law any computer with an internet connection or your ipad the last thing that we're going to do in here is you know what I think that's it so we'll go back out to thea main can va interface here the creation bar is where we're going to look at next there is another menu item down here but we're going to save that for later because no one has shared anything with this account yet, eh? So that's going to be empty instead let's look at this section of here this is where we're going to create whatever we want, not just what's being suggested here with social media presentations or a poster, but if you click on this mohr plus arrow here it opens up a ton of things these air all of the things that you can create using canada and more because you can also enter a custom design so if you're more experienced designer and you're being asked for something that's non standard on you don't see, you know the thing here that you're looking to create you can always create a custom designed and that allows you to enter in the with and haif in either pixels millimeters or inches and create that design. But we're not going to do that because we're in experience designers and we just created an account, so we really don't know what we're doing is we're going to go with something very simple. The last part of this is we're going to pick let's say this nice and easy social media post at eight hundred by eight hundred this's something say that you would put on your facebook page or you would you know you could basically put it anywhere, so I'm gonna click on him and then it takes me to a page which looks a little bit familiar. This is what we just saw, where can vote was jumping us ahead and saying, all great, come on designed something, take this basic challenge and run through it. This is exactly it, but it's a blank stage. So that's, the end of that little sub segment about setting up your account and getting started as quickly as possible. Do you guys have any questions? Yeah, if you start, um, in for one output, but you want to have another album, different pixels. How would that happen? That was my very first question, too, and I started using this one of canvas. Important philosophies is consistency among all your designs, so when you create something, we'll go through that in the work flow section. We'll talk about taking that design and blowing it out across everything else so that you can create multiple pieces with the assets that you've already put in there.

Ratings and Reviews


This was a fantastic course! You will walk away from this course confident, skilled and knowledgeable enough able to create amazing deliverables/images/graphics for all social media platforms. Especially if you are completely intimidated by design and don't know where to start, this course is for you! (that was me) I really enjoyed seeing into the mind of a designer with his tips & rules about fonts, flow, colors and brand integrity I have made some fantastic designs! Thank you Matt, Canva and Creative Live! Absolutely one of my best CreativeLive purchases.

Aaditya Somani

This course is fantastic. Matt is an excellent teacher, he explained all the details of Canva in less than 4 hours. And those basic design tips were a bonus! Thanks a lot, Matt and Creative Live. Would definitely recommend it to take your designing game to the next level.

Barbara Schiffman

Great course, great teacher -- I'm a Canva and design novice but am now creating book covers for my own books/ebooks. Matt taught me things about using Canva's tools that have already improved my design "eye" and skills -- especially about the value of simplicity. Many thanks!

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