9 Secret Canva Hacks [2020] Every Marketer Should Know

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If you are looking for some top notch Canva hacks to help save you marketers and small businesses save a lot of time designing the creatives, then look no further.

Canva is known to almost every digital marketer, startups and small business owners. It a one-of-a-kind and easy to use image editor which comes in very handy especially when you don’t want to rely entirely on a graphic designer. This tool is actively used by businesses which do not have a in-house graphic design team and who don’t want to spend unnecessary hefty amount on unreliable freelances. Canva is the most popular tools among startups.

You may try it for free at www.canva.com

Note: Canva is not as powerful as Photoshop.

#1. Canva Hacks To Get Design Inspirations

If you run out of ideas and want to look at creatives created by other canva users just type in /#design-stream in your Canva URL to see what others are creating in Canva.

#2. Canva Cheat Codes

Did you know there are secret cheat codes to bring up the Free Elements in Canva?
Simply type in the search box: “brand:BAAMOuJH0Ec” or “brand:BAAAAP7rQ8M”. 
It will bring up only the free elements in the Canva Library. Try it once. Just copy and paste it from here!

#3. Free images only

Are you looking for Free images only? Canva has a huge database of free and high quality images which. Canva’s made it easy to filter through their Free Images. 
Go to Elements >> Free Photos.

#4. Keyboard shortcuts and a secret border

Here are two shortcuts which I feel you will find very useful.
Shortcut #1: Press “T” in the Canva Design to bring up a Textbox at the top of the design.
Shortcut #2: Put a border arount it!. Press “ALT” + “SHIFT” + “B”.

#5. Text Box

I love this short cut and I am sure you will love it too.

In Canva you have to go all the way to the text section and then select the text boxes to actually write something on the design. Seems like too many unnecessary clicks.
With this trick, you simply have to press “t” on your keyboard and a text box will appear. 

#5. Move Elements With Arrow Keys

It is sweet when things are just perfectly aligned at your first attempt right but sometimes I find myself unable to judge the alignment.

You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move or shift an element by just 1px. 

1PX => ARROW KEY 
10 PX => SHIFT + ARROW KEY

#6. Convert To Uppercase

If you want to turn all the letters to Capital, just select the letters and hit CMD+SHIFT+K or CTRL in windows

and use CMD + Z to undo.

#7. Add A Border Around Your Text

A border around text can create an organized and neat effect.

You can hit OPTION + SHIFT + B or ALT + SHIFT + B on windows and Canva will automatically add a border around your text.

#8. Select Elements Behind Other Elements

I have spent ridiculous amount of time in Canva just to try and get to element which is layered deep behind other layers of other elements without disturbing my meticulously laid out graphic.

If you are a regular Canva user you must have struggled with this too.

There is an easer way to go about this. Just select the element at the top and enter CMD+CLICK till your element is selected.

Windows users use CTRL instead of CMD.

#8. The Grid

If you want to perfectly align all your elements in Canva, you definitely need to work with Grid Lines.

Just click CMD + ; or CTRL + ; and these grey grid lines will appear on your art board.

#9. Search

I go back and forth over this. I use it sometimes and the other times I just click on search whichever is convenient at the time. Nevertheless, here is a shortcut for using the search box.

CMD + ? or CTRL + ?

So here you go, these are some of the Canva hacks that I figured out. Some of these through research and most of them when I was stuck facing a problem.

Please comment which is your favourite Canva Hack.

If you plan to learn Advance Graphic design, heres a list of 10 Best Graphic Design Courses In Mumbai.


Swapnil Rathod

With 8+ Years of experience in diversified sectors with Qualifications like B.E (Electronics) and MBA (Marketing + Operations), I have had opportunities to work with well-established organisations such as Carwale.com, Nash Robotics, Lavenir Institute Of Professional Studies (LIPS India) and start-ups such as Aasaanjobs.com, Hunarr.co.in and Olive Twig Infosolutions. In addition, I an acting as a consultant to EasyWedding.in, Anaiahtours.com, Kosha.co, Forxar Industries & AvamInstitute.com (A venture by the Legendary Actor Mr. Asrani). Currently I am leading the Training & Business Division of the biggest and the most popular Digital Marketing Training Institute in Mumbai city.

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