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Lesson 7 from: Graphic Design Made Easy with Canva

Matt Stevenson

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eso this section, we're going to dive into a little bit more of the workflow behind. Working in Canada in the previous section, we went through some of the goodies, all of the design things that you could bring in. We learned about the interface and this one. We're going to talk about a little bit more about your account and canned before work, which is the premium account. We're also going to go through some interface tips, some things that may not be as intuitive for non designers on. Then we're also going to look at saving out files. What's the process of going start to finish from creating something to saving it out? How does that work? So to begin, let's talk about your account. If we look at my screen here, you can see that I've already logged into my account. There's my my beautiful face there. Uh, there's my name and everything else in the basic dashboard that you would normally see when you look in. But this is my personal account. I also have a canvas for work version of this...

very same account, but we'll talk about that in just a 2nd 1 of the things that we mentioned in all of our goodies are those premium items, those $1 graphics, images, layouts, things that aren't free. It's just going to cost us a marginal amount of money in order to use along with the licensing agreement. So let's take a little bit of a look in that. I was looking at some questions about how that works. I'm going to click in Here's you know, some of the graphics that I have created in my account. I'm going to click on, Go Into one of them, opens up in a new browser, and here I can see my stage on the Fathom creative logo and website. Right off the bat, we noticed something interesting about the background. Typically in the fathom creative brand, we use a lot of water. There's a lot of blue, but this one has this fence like this chain link type of pattern behind it, that if I move this logo, let's sounds both of those here. I will click on my F and my there. Let's move that I can see the Canada logo is actually back there. What is that? This is a, um, premium graphic, Which means Canada is gonna let me put it in my design, and they're gonna let me manipulate it and move it around and put filters on it and do whatever I need to do with it. But it's going to keep this watermark over top of it until I go to save it to my desktop or use it in any capacity outside of the Canada program. Until then, it's gonna have this, uh, this watermark on top of it. So what if I do want to use this image? What happens? Well, I'll go to either share it or download it. Let's try to download it and see what happens. So go to my download button and I get a couple options here. If you guys remember we didn't see these options before because it was my beautiful wait minimalist square with nothing in it. But now I have some stuff in my design, and it's asking me what kind of file do I want? The green buttons are images, which means that there bit mapped their flat, not edible. It all, um, and the P d efs of Sorry, the Blue Button RPGs, which means that they're going to be vector quality. So they're going to scale up and down to whatever we need to, Uh, and they're gonna be a little bit a little bit nicer for printing. Um, here we see, I can save an image for Web or high quality image. Ah, standard PDF or a pdf for print. The difference. It's not quite clear, clear, but the difference between a standard pdf and a pdf for print is the resolution of the images that you're getting in that file a standard. Pdf. It's gonna be pretty small. It's gonna be something that you can email easily or that you can put online for other people to download. A Pdf for print is typically very bloated in size. It's gonna have a lot of extra stuff, a lot of color codes along with it. A lot of a lot of things inside of the file that printers air going to want that you probably won't need unless you were, unless you're printing it yourself in a professional printer setting, which I never dio. Um, but printers need that information, so it's gonna be a little bit of bigger file. So right now we just want to say this for the Web. I created this sort of share graphic, and I want to put it up on the fathom creative Twitter account. So I go to it, save image for Web click on this button. Oh, hang on. Before I do that, uh, someone's looking at the options tab down here. It's kind of hidden. This is asking me what pages do I want to save? Um, I could use some or all of the pages. It follows standard saving page. Um, uh uh. What's a protocol? Where hyphens. I mean, a range goes from 1-5 goes, all of them, or a comma means individual separated pages. So one comma five would mean that it would only save pages one and five, but not 234 very much like printing anything else. Except here. We're savings. We could say that the individual pictures and we could also published with crops and bleeds. Please do this if you're going to get this printed, um, bleeds are imperative for printing things that are going to go off of the page bleed off the page. And printers really like them crop marks or things like that. It's also great. If you're saving something out, it's gonna be using a print advertisement. Advertisers are usually laying out magazines or things where they'll need crop marks to see where you intend your ad to end. So we're gonna keep it simple. We're gonna say this for the Web. I click on Image for Web, and it saves it to my desktop. That's actually not true. It did not seem to my desktop. It said, Hang on a second. You have a premium item in your design. It's the image that was in the background that I really liked, but it's it's a it's a it's designated as a premium image. It has a licensing agreement that's associated with it. In order to accept the licensing agreement, I need to pay for the image. Uh, all images and graphics inside of camera that are premium cost $1 and here we can see Oh, by the way, if you want to read the license or downloaded, you know, let's say you want the watermark version. You just want to see what it looks like just in case you can do so by by clicking this link here or you can read about the licensing agreement. License agreement is pretty standard. So talks about one time use license. Basically, every time that you're going to download this design that has a premium item in it, you're going to pay that licensing feet. So it's basically $1 per download. So the goal is to get your designed to a great place inside of Canada and downloaded a few times as possible So you don't have to keep re buying. What we don't want to do is get into a situation where let's say we're creating graphics for ourselves in Canada and we pay the dollar and we download the thing. And then our friend tells us you misspelled your name and Allyson really on that. So we have to go back changes in Canada and down and pay another dollar to get that premium saved file. The goal is to, um, uh, check your files and make them his finals possible before you save them out. So that's the licensing agreement. Let's go back, Teoh, my page. Where has stopped me? So it says, Um, I'm using a circle, a square and a image now, clearly the circle in square gonna be free, but the image is gonna cost me in dollar. There two ways to do this, you can buy, uh, just pay $1 with your credit card or you have a special offer here where you can buy a bunch of credit. They're called canvas credits. Um, and you basically get more for your money if you're gonna buy them in bulk. Uh, that's the quickest way to do it. So then we would make our payment and download our file. So that's using premium items. I definitely encourage you don't let that be a barrier to your design. It's a dollar. It's, you know, the cost of, ah ITunes download for creating something for your business or for yourself or for your clients. That is really, really cool. And it's the thing that you want. When they want. They try to price it accordingly. Eso let's take a look. I want toe take a second and talk about, um, the canvas design school. Canada does something that I haven't seen a really long time. They really pay attention to not only giving you this tool but really trying to make you an expert at using it. I mean, that's what we're trying to do here today, and they are doing. They have been doing it since the inception of the program. If you go to design school dot canvass dot com, I really, really encourage you to read, if you can, all of these. But but if not all of them a ton of these really great tutorials, they curate thes they have, you know, expert writers, expert designers going through. There's everything from, you know, free fonts for minimalist design to improving your typography skills. They have categories that you can look through. So if you want to learn something about designing a banner specifically, or if you wanna learn more about color, let's take a peek in here s so I can go into color theory thes air all free. You can go through these any time you want and learn about any of these really, really great principles that make you a great designer. Um, definitely encourage you to check out the design school. What's also cool is that some of the design school items let's go back up here. So design school is there's three sections. There's the blogger, which has these great articles that I'm one of which I'm reading now. Uh, then we also have tutorials and teaching materials again. Just a ton of resource is what's really cool about the tutorials. I'll click on that and we'll go into the tutorial section and here were organized by getting started. Fonts, color images. Backgrounds will go through some of this today together, but definitely look at this in your own time. If I want to read about this, it's in Canada, and what I've just done is open up an actual can VA presentation that's teaching me on the left side. Here. I'll make it a little bit bigger. I'll show you how to do it, teaching me on the left side and then asking me to actually do it on the right. So it's asking is showing me this? This one in particular is about scale, and it's teaching me, and I could do it over here. It also gives me hints which are links to videos. And what's super cool is when I make a change to this document, you notice my little saving hints. It's actually saying saving. Um, it's saving it to my account So I now get to keep this when I've changed what I've done for myself, which is really, really cool. You can always get rid of it if it feels like it's cluttering up your your account. But making a change in here means that you can save, which is awesome. Um, but I'm not gonna do that just yet, So here it says unsaved changes. So, uh, I'll let it be I'm gonna close it without saving the changes so it doesn't saved my account. I'll close that definitely go through as many of those as you can. You can get to the design school in your in your dashboard by clicking on, Learn to design. So remember the link below that. That's where we go to the showcase of all of what everyone else has created in Canada. And if you want to learn more about design, go to that link. There

Ratings and Reviews

Jake
 

Pretty good course generally...especially part 2 & 3. Frankly, Canva's early adopters, like Sue Zimmerman (who I heard about it from) & the like...& therefore probably MOST of us entrepreneurs are probably NOT graphic designers by trade. That was the whole point of Canva being created in the first place!!!! That fact was hammered home in the way Matt presented how to use Canva by pro designers in part 4. Unfortunately, Part 4 was very hard to follow at times. When was he in the pro version of Canva & what could be done in the version we all know, love & work with everyday was NOT always clear. Part 4 was waaaaay too fast & very terminology heavy for most of even the in-studio audience. (It was funny.) I wanted to hug the gal that kept trying to reel it in & get on the same page with her questions. Thank goodness. Bought the course right away because I've been using Canva for over a year and need to go to the next level. I hoped to learn tricks for all that I waste so much time figuring out on my own. There were some. Alas, one main Canva glitch with regard to applying a logo over a background (uh...kind of crucial for business owners & a real time waster to work around literally every single time you use the program) that was raised as a question & re-asked by 2 other people AND several times remained completely untouched. Although the question was on topic & appropriate at many times during parts 2, 3 & 4 and a seemingly very popular question, the moderator chose to ignore it. Almost NO questions were taken from the online audience, in fact, despite there being surprisingly few questions online!! Incredibly, incredibly frustrating & disappointing but I don't blame Matt for that. Too bad there seems to be no course materials to go along with this...like the awesome tips Matt went thru one by one. What a perfect workbook or guide that would have been to go with this, in some form. Really too bad. And really surprising. So all in all, a good course with an EXCELLENT instructor (hope he does Prezi too) but some some big disappointments for this non-professional-in-graphic-design-or-tech, which, it seems is a SIGNIFICANT chunk of your audience...right?

Lonney
 

This was an absolutely great course for a beginner like me. Matt explained everything very clearly and in a pleasant way. I hope he, or someone, does a class on the new Adobe Spark soon. Thanks again; Lonney

Khaled Yasser
 

I like this course, becuase it is very simple to the users, and canva is the future for quick design I hope everyone can you it.

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