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How to Edit a Canva Template Like a Pro

How To Edit a Canva Template

In this tutorial, you will learn how to edit a Canva template like a pro! Whether you’re a first time Canva user, or just want to brush up on your skills by learning a few new tricks, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve recently purchased one of our Canva templates, read on to learn how to edit, download, and print your file from the comfort of your own home.

What Is A Template?

A template is an editable file that can be used to modify an existing design. When working in Canva, you can start with a blank template or a premade one. There are literally thousands of free and paid Canva templates for various purposes, including flyers, invitations, and more! Templates can be edited to suit a designer’s visual preference, and create a cohesive style across a brand. If you’ve recently purchased a template, then read on to learn how to edit a Canva template.

Login To Canva

The first thing you’re going to need is a Canva account. It’s totally free to sign up and all of our templates can be edited with a free Canva account. A pro account is under $15/month and great for both novice and hobbyist designers. Since Canva is mobile and web friendly, you can sign up on your computer or on your mobile device by downloading the Canva app.

Open The Template

If you’ve recently purchased one of our designs, click on the link to access the editable template. A screen will pop up with the image and a message that says who it was created and shared by. Click ‘Use Template’ to open the template in your Canva dashboard, where a copy will be automatically made. You can access all of your templates from your dashboard by clicking on ‘Your Projects’ or access Canva’s library of free and premium templates.

How To Edit A Canva Template

Editing a Canva template requires no software and can be done right from your web browser or phone! You can change virtually any element in a template, including text, graphics, colors, and fonts. Tip: make a copy of the original template when making changes, in case you change your mind later.

Editing the text:

You can change the font by double clicking on the text box element and select the font from the toolbar. Select the color wheel to change the color, or adjust the size in the toolbar as well. If you want to add a new text box, click on ‘Text’ on the left menu. You can also adjust the line spacing as well as the letter spacing.

Changing the Colors:

To change the colors, click on an element and then select the color wheel from the toolbar. You can change the color of virtually any editable element, including text, shapes, backgrounds, and some graphics.

Grouping elements:

Different elements can be grouped together which can be helpful when you want to move or resize several elements proportionately. To group a set of elements, click on the outside of the element and drag your mouse over each element that you want to group together. Next, select ‘Group’ from the toolbar. If you want to change one element inside a group of elements, you will need to ungroup them by selecting the group, and clicking ‘Ungroup’ from the toolbar.

Graphics, Shapes, and Lines

Canva has an extensive library of free and paid graphics. Simply click on ‘Elements’ from the left menu to get started. Here, you will find shapes, lines, vectors (editable graphics), grids, and frames. All of these can be resized and most can change colors as well. If you don’t see something you like, you can also upload your own graphics/photos by clicking ‘Upload’ from the left menu. Canva will save all of your uploads here.

Download The File

Now that you’ve finished editing your design, you can save it to your computer, laptop, or mobile device. There are several formats available for saving your design and each serve their own purpose. Click on ‘Share’ then select ‘Download’ from the drop down menu. From there, you will be presented with several options:

PDF – primarily used for high quality prints.

JPG – smaller files that are great for posting on the web or social media.

PNG – for complex graphics and illustrations with lots of details.

Printing The Template

Once you’ve saved your file, you can go ahead and print it yourself or send the file off to a professional printer. If choosing the latter, Canva offers both RGB and CMYK color profiles, depending on which printer you’re going with. If printing at home, make sure to use the correct setting for the appropriate paper type (matte, glossy, etc) to achieve the best results. We recommend using glossy paper for dark colors, and matte paper for light colors, as dark colors look washed out and grainy on most matte or porous papers.

That wraps up this quick tutorial for editing Canva templates. If you have any tips of your own to add, please let us know in the comments!

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