Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by scottkandh
This blog post provides you with 8 Canva tips. It’s a cheat sheet for new bloggers to use when they’re utilizing Canva to create their Pinterest pins.
☐ 1. Scroll through your designs
The majority of the time when you look at Canva you’ll be going directly to “Your Designs” . If you hold your mouse directly over one of your designs and just let it sit there, you’ll be able to look at all of the pins that you’ve designed within each of your named designs. This can be useful if you’re looking and searching for a particular pin.
☐ 2. To look at all of your designs
To look at all of your designs, click on “All of your designs” (the 2nd button down) and it will show the names of all your designed templates (but not the pins within them).
Another advantage to using this is that you’ll be able to scroll through your pins as described above and the pins will be slightly larger (because it’s bigger images).
☐ 3. Looking for a particular template
If you are looking for a specific type of template (see picture below), click on Templates and you can jump straight to the type of product you are trying to make within Canva. 99% of the time I’m personally creating Pinterest pins, but there might be a time that you need one of these other types.
- Social Media
Let’s change it up now and have you jump into one of your random pins (click on one of your designs) and we’ll look at information pertaining to Pinterest pins.
We’ll take these one at a time. The two that you’ll be using the most to make your pins are photos and text.
☐ 4. Templates
The templates button is seldom personally used to make Pinterest pins. I find it much easier to create the pins from scratch rather than using these pre-made templates. But that doesn’t prevent you from using them.
If you get the notification: Add template as new page? You can click on the button:Don’t show again or leave it alone and select from one of the remaining two options:
- Replace current page – replaces the template with the new photo
- Add as new page – creates entirely new page at the bottom.
☐ 5. Uploads
This is not used that often. But it’s useful in the instances where you’d like to add pins that you’ve already created or display your freebies. NOTE: Pinartwork.com is the old name of my website. I was forced to rename the site so that there wouldn’t be a trademark/copyright conflict.
After you have uploaded the pins, you can delete them. I found that the easiest way to delete one or two at a time is to right click on the pin and then select trash to delete the pin. If there are multiple pins to delete you can click on the little rectangles within each pin and once they are all selected click the trash can at the bottom to delete them all.
☐ 6. Photos
This is by far the #1 item to make your Pinterest pins. The second one being (text) to add your heading and sub-headings. For the sake of an example, this post is about creating tips for Canva. So I’m going to do a search for “tips” (in the search box). This is part that is going to require patience on your end to find that magic picture that is the AHA moment. When you are looking at which picture to use for the pin try to keep your audience in mind. I didn’t want to use anything too sinister. So I came up with these two pins depicted below:
☐ 7. Elements
I seldom use the elements. But it is useful if you need to add lines, shapes (rectangles, squares, circles, etc), or frames. The frames are just that. The frame will surround your picture for a nice special effect. A lot of the frames are how free templates are made for you to make new pins with pre-designed templates.
☐ 8. Text
With the text button you can select from three types of texts:
a. Add a heading (your main heading)
b. Add a subheading (smaller text for sub points)
c. Add a little bit of body text (such as your website URL or other small tidbit info).
In addition (if you have the Pro version) you can select from a bunch of other texts. As a norm I like sticking to the three types of text below.
There are some other buttons pictured below and these I seldom use. The ones above are the principal buttons normally used to create my Pinterest buttons. I’ve left the buttons intact and you can play around with them to see if they’ll suit you. The one that has the most merit for being used among them is bkgrounds.
Pro-Tip: I was just getting ready to close up this post and I played around with one more button (called Folders). If you click on Folders, then “All Designs” you’ll be able to see all of the designed pins that you still have saved with Canva. That way you can quickly jump to one of your saved pins if you want to copy and redesign another pin for one of your posts.
☐ 9. Styles
☐ 10. Music
☐ 11. Videos
☐ 12. Bkground (Backgrounds)
☐ 13. Folders
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