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Three Secret Canva Techniques for Facebook Ads

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What Does Canva Do?

Canva is a graphic design platform that creates endless designs from various templates, including PDF documents, infographics, social media posts, presentations, website landing pages, and Facebook ads to Pinterest pins.

You can even design business cards or stickers, and order directly through Canva!

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Read about three secret Canva techniques you can use for your Facebook ads, how to make a Canva design for Facebook ads, and helpful tips and quick how-to’s to get started.

For Facebook ad examples, download five free Facebook ad templates here that you can edit.

Secret #1 | Preset Faceboook Ad Sizes

Here’s what to do for a Facebook Feed Ad (suitable for viewing mobile devices):

Go to the Canva website.

Create an account >> Login >> Click the Create a design button >> Type in Facebook Feed Static Ad >> Design your ad

BAH blog graphic showing screenshots from Canva.
BAH blog graphic showing screenshots from Canva.

Add image

Single image creative:

To upload an image >> Click  the Upload an image or video button >> Choose your file >> Click the image or video that pops up >> Stretch out the image, click and hold the circle on the corner. Drag the image to fit the whole template.

To use a stock photo >> Click Photos >> Type the image you are looking for in the search bar >> Scroll down >> Click the photo you want to use >> Stretch out the image, click and hold the circle on the corner. Drag the image to fit the whole template.

Add text

Click on the template >> Type “T” >> “Your paragraph text” should appear on the template >> Double-click and edit the text >> Change the font, size, color, line height, or letter spacing in the toolbar

Secret #2 | Quick and Easy Video and Animated Elements

Video creative:

To upload a video >> Click the Upload an image or video button >> Choose your file >> Click the image or video that pops up >> Stretch out the image, click and hold the circle on the corner. Drag the image to fit the whole template.

To use a stock video >> Click Videos >> Type the image you are looking for in the search bar >> Scroll down >> Click the photo you want to use >> Stretch out the image, click and hold the circle on the corner. Drag the image to fit the whole template.

Animated creative:

Click Elements >> Type the element you are looking for in the search bar >> Scroll down >> The animated elements will be moving >> Click the element you want to use >> Stretch out to the preferred size

In Canva Pro, the search bar will have an icon with three lines and three circles.

Click the icon with three lines and three circles >> Click Animated >> Enter >> Scroll down >> Click animated element

Secret #3 | Canva Website

This option is perfect for those on a budget or do not want to spend money on a website. A Canva landing page can be a simple option to present your business.

At this time, you either have to pick desktop or mobile for the template size.

You should test both ways by publishing a trial Website and then publish a trial Mobile-First Website. You can then decide which trial you prefer to view on both desktop and mobile. This helps you choose which template size to use.

Create a design button >> Type Website (Mobile-First Website, if the majority of the people looking at this site are using a mobile device) >> Design your page >> Click the Publish as Website button >> Choose your Web style in the drop-down menu >> Click the Open Website button >> Copy and paste the URL link

Here’s an example of a Canva website I created using Web Style, Presentation:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAEDFKPrdIo/mqxDUoKWEfHZPjDCduu0VQ/view#4

How Do You Use Canva Step-By-Step?

These features are optional according to your brand and the type of template you are creating.

1| Go to the Canva website, log in, and pick a template.

2| Change the background to a different color or to a photo in the Photos or Bkground tabs

3| Add text and choose font

4| Add elements, photos, or videos

5| Add music

6| Download and save

Quick Canva Design Tutorials

Canva font with a shadow

Click the blank template >> Type T >> Pick a font (this design works best with bold fonts) >> Write your message >> Type in the font size or use your mouse to stretch the box out >> Copy >> Click the template >> Paste >> Click the transparency icon (3×3 of gradient dots) >> Move the toggle button left to the preferred shadow color >> Click and drag the shadow behind the original message

Adding animation elements

Click Elements >> Type what you are looking for (such as line or animal) >> In the search bar (if you have Canva Pro), click the three-line icon with circles >> Click Animated >> Enter >> Select the animated element

To send the animation in the back of text or static elements >> Right click on the animated element >> Click Send to Back

Adding a Canva video

Click Videos >> Scroll down for various categories or type what you are looking for in the search bar >> Click on the video image

You can resize, crop, flip, or trim the video

To send the video in the back of text or elements >> Right click on the video >> Click Send to Back

What Else is There to Know About Canva?

How can I use Canva for free?

You can sign up with Google, Facebook, or by email to access Canva. Several elements and features will be marked free to let you know what you can and cannot do.

Is it worth paying for Canva?

It depends on how often you would use the templates, elements, and features that they offer. You can try the free trial first. Canva marks what elements and features are Canva Pro (the paid plan).

If you feel you would use the Pro features and elements, the paid plan would be worth it.

How to use Canva templates.

Home page >> Templates >> Choose the template you want under a listed category (social media, personal, business, marketing, education, trending)

OR

Home page >> Create a design button >> In the search bar, type in what you want to make, a suggestion will pop up

How to use Canva on iPhone.

App Store >> Type Canva in the search bar >> Download Canva

Working off a mobile device will have less capabilities than a desktop.

How to start a project :

Home >> Click the + button >> Type in your template

How to work on a project:

Tap the document to view Cameral Roll, Images, and Background Color options

Tap the + button to view Text, Images, Illustrations, Shapes, Logos, Templates, Page, and Packs

After you add an image, you will be able to change the Filter, Transparency, and ability to crop.

How to work on a current design:

Home >> Click the Designs icon at the bottom of the screen, in the middle

Is there a Canva app?

Yes, you have the option to download a Canva app for iphones or androids.

Can you upload a design to Canva?

Yes. At the Uploads tab, you can upload an image or video to add to your template.

Can I use a Canva logo for my business?

The elements and fonts from the pre-made logo templates are okay to use.

You may want to read the guidelines if you plan to trademark your Canva logo. Canva is nice for simple graphic logos, read here for more concerns:

https://support.canva.com/legal/licensing/using-canva-design-logo/

Can I use Canva free for my business?

Yes, the free plan can be used for personal or business projects.

Can I sell things I make on Canva?

Yes, you can sell any design you create. But you cannot sell Canva’s exact templates.

Canva login link:

https://www.canva.com/login

Popular Alternatives

With anything, each business will have its perks. Depending on what you use the most in your business is what you look for in the tools you purchase.

Canva vs. Photoshop

Photoshop is more for creating graphics and editing pictures. It also allows you to draw and paint.

Canva vs. PicMonkey

If you want something very similar to Canva, PicMonkey  provides similar templates. You can actually look at PicMonkey’s templates without creating an account.

One main feature to keep in mind is Photoshop and PicMonkey have free trials, not free plans.

If you are not looking to spend money on an online graphic tool right now, I recommend Canva. Canva offers a free plan.

Overview

When you just need a quick way to design Facebook ads or any graphic, Canva is an easy-to-use online graphic design platform to rely on. There is still the option to make a presentation more artistically advanced if one desired to put in the effort.

The amazing thing is that Canva has a free plan that offers a wide range of elements and features for any design.

Tap here to take a look at Canva.

Have a question or comment about Canva? Leave a comment down below. ☀️

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