5 Essential Canva Tools You Need to Know About

You may have heard rumours that Canva is the easiest-to-use design platform in the world.

Good news – the rumours are true! Canva allows you to create incredible designs without having to use complicated design software.

Get familiar with these five super easy design tools will set you up to start designing in Canva. If you’re feeling inspired by the end of this blog, jump straight into the tutorial link at the bottom to try it for yourself!

01. Change colors using the color wheel

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The color wheel is an incredible tool that can be used to change colors in your designs. Simply point and click to choose from endless different color options. These can be applied to a range of elements, including text, backgrounds, shapes, icons and more.

02. Use Canva grids to layout and edit your images

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This wonderful tool acts like a frame for you to drop images into. In terms of composition, it can be used to stretch images across your entire design, place multiple images together or crop images.

Grids are also incredibly useful for enhancing images and applying unique filters consistently.

03. Use text holders

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Text holders allow you to easily move text around your designs. Always remember to align your text with purpose – for example the text in the design above has been aligned to the right to neaten the composition.

04. Place images in frames

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Simply drag and drop your images into Canva frames to create cute compositions. There are many different types of frames to choose from, so don’t forget to put on your creative hat!

05. Layout your images in Canva grids

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As well as single-image grids, Canva also has a large range of multi-image grids. Use these grids to create a visual narrative, or as a simple way to create a cute composition.

What are you waiting for? Complete the tutorial below to discover just how easy it is to get started in Canva! 

Anna heads up several of Canva's content marketing projects, including her favourite: Design School. She's passionate about the way content can be used to create a meaningful synergy between businesses and their audiences. Say hello on Twitter @AnnaIsabella92.