Monday, October 14, 2019

5 Canva hacks you need to know

Canva is an awesome resource for bloggers, teachers, and those of us who love to create our own graphics. I've got 5 hacks for you to save time and make your job easier. (Because we all need more time, right?!)


You can easily bring up a text box on your design by using this keyboard shortcut. It's my favorite shortcut to share with you! 

Simply hit the "T" on the keyboard, and a text box will appear in your design. How easy is that??


This is another keyboard shortcut that allows you to duplicate a photo, graphic, or text in your design.

Once you place the text, graphic, or image in your design and size it to the desired size, make sure that it's selected (with a box around it.)  Simply press the "Alt" key and hold it down. While holding it down, use your mouse to drag a copy of the image/text/graphic where you need it. 


Need to move an element just a smidge and can't get it right by moving it with the mouse? This hack's for you!

Highlight the element, then use your arrow keys to move the element 1 pixel in all directions to get it to the location you need it. Want to move it left or right by 10 pixels? Hold down the Shift key and then use your left and/or right arrow keys to move it. 


Want to work on a design while it's large and see what it will look like when it's smaller (like on a mobile device)?

You can use Ctrl and the + key to zoom in. Use the Ctrl and the - key to zoom out. Easy peasy!


Did you know there's a secret code to bring up Canva's free elements? (Yes! I promise!)

Type this in the search box: "brand:BAAAAP7rQ8M". 
You can also type the secret code in the box, then type in a specific feature you're looking for (for example, if you're looking for squares, you can type "brand:BAAAAP7rQ8M square" in the search box and it will return the free square shapes for you.)

Now that you know the shortcuts, try them out and let me know how they work for you!

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