My Favourite Canva Shortcuts

Fave Shortcuts in Canva by Thea Newcomb

My Fave Shortcut in Canva

Here Are Some of My Favourite Canva Shortcuts

In case you’ve never attended one of my Canva workshops in Scotland, I thought I’d share  some of my favourite Canva shortcuts with you today.

As a Canva Certified Creative, there’s nothing I like more than talking about Canva all day every day and teaching people tips and tricks!

Although there are a number of shortcuts that are reached by pressing a combination of keys, a few I want to share with you are single letter keyboard shortcuts.

At the the bottom of the post, I’ll show you how/where to get the full list of all of these shortcuts – both types. (pun intended)

My Fave Canva Shortcut Letter T = Text Box

    1. Give Me  a ‘T’?

      First of all the Letter ‘T’ brings up your text box. Instead of hitting “text” from the left hand side of the dashboard, I always choose to hit the letter ‘T’…All day every day.

      Fave Canva Shortcut - Letter R brings up a Rectangle

2. Can I Get an ‘R’?

The Letter ‘R’ brings up a rectangle – one of the most versatile shapes you can use in Canva.

I use it to highlight certain parts of text in my graphics – (see bottom bar in illustration above where my social media links are…)

I also tilt it to make it triangles for the corners of a design. I use it to make strips.

I often use the rectangle to cover the entire design and then lower the transparency. It keeps everything on brand and consistent!

The rectangle may just be my fave thing in all of Canva! It’s truly so versatile!!

Ok I am sounding a bit too excited by a Canva Shape, I know, I know. Let’s move on to the next shortcut…

Face Canva Shortcuts Letter L for Line

3. Let Me Have a Letter ‘L’

The Letter ‘L’ brings up a line. It’s quite a thin line, but if you wanted to you could stretch it from the middle into a rectangle or square so it too is super versatile.

The ‘L’ is handy when trying to separate blocks of content, or most recently, I’ve been using it a lot to create bespoke, lined journals and books for KDP (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing).

So three cheers for the Letter L! One more for good measure?
Fave Canva Shortcuts Letter C - new shortcut for Circle

4. Can I get a letter ‘C’?

The Letter ‘C’ is the new kid on the block, (or should I say on the blog?) The ‘C’ brings up a lovely circle. It’s the newest addition to the Canva shortcuts and I love it!

Again the circle can be so useful in a design. You can use it to put some important text in. You can make a bunch of a different sized circles to highlight parts of your design. You can put circles inside circles. It’s your call!

Well that’s all for the single letter shortcuts…

Other Canva Shortcuts

All Canva Shortcuts - bottom of your canvas
There are a bunch of Canva shortcuts that you may or may not have noticed. They’re changing all the time so it might be worth popping down to the bottom right hand corner of your canvas to see them.

Thinking of become a Canva Pro?

There are many reasons to consider becoming a Canva Pro…For me, the magic resize is a real bonus. Sure there are sort of “work arounds” but the ease with which I can make 1 template, say a FB post, and then resize to be used on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram etc…

It’s a huge time saver.

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As I want to keep this post short and sweet, (500 words and counting) I’ll save the differences between the Free version of Canva and Canva Pro * until a later date.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy my Free Canva Resources and tools post on Linkedin.

PS: Let me know which shortcut is your favourite in the comments below. See ya next time!

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Officially a Canva Certified Creative – Hooray!

Scotland's First Canva Trainer - Canva Certified Creative

Super excited to announce that I’m officially a Canva Certified Creative. My box of Canva Swag has just arrived from Australia and it felt a little like Christmas has come early! Will explain a bit more about what it means to be a Canva Certified Creative, and what comes in the swag box that gets sent out.

What does it mean to be a Canva Certified Creative?

Being a Canva Certified Creative is just a fancy way of saying I’m a brand ambassador. It’s an invite-only program from Canva for people who basically promote the wonderful, cloud-based graphic design software through social media, online tutorials and/or in person via workshops like myself.

I have been delivering half day Canva workshops, specifically for nearly three years, and been mentioning Canva in other workshops since their early days in 2013. Had the pleasure of meeting its co-founders at the BlogHer conference in San Jose in 2014, so when I heard of the Certified aspect of Canva, I reached out to founder Melanie and asked what the criteria was. The rest, as they say, is history.

What Are the Benefits of Being a CCC?

What are the Benefits of Being a Canva Certified Creative

There are a bunch of cool benefits of being a Canva Certified Creative – a few of which are listed below:

  • 20 Canva credits and discounts
  • Free Canva for Work account
  • Added to a CCC Canva team
  • Access to a private FB group
  • Canva Swag
  • Early access to new features
  • Priority support

That’s some of the benefits of being a Canva Certified Creative. Love the swag bag of goodies.

Well that’s all for today. The holidays are officially beginning for me as we celebrate Christmas tonight…a few days early. I’ll look forward to wearing my new Canva tshirt in the new year at my next round of Creating Killer Graphics in Canva 2.0 workshops for Business Gateway.

Kudos to Claire Duncan from Ayrshire who was the first person to ever offer a Canva BG workshop then everyone else just copied her. Her invitation to create this workshop effectively changed my life so thanks Claire.

Need Canva Training?

If you’re interested in one-to-one Canva training or if you need some for a group/staff, then please feel free to get in touch. Training can be anywhere between an hour, a half day or even a full day as needed. I am willing to travel anywhere, globally!

As Scotland’s First Canva trainer, and now a Canva Certfied Creative, I’d be only too happy to help. Tel: 0141 416 1492 or email my first name at theanewcomb.co.uk.

Canva Training Courses Coming Up – Book Now

Thea Newcomb - Canva trainer in Scotland

Thea Newcomb - Canva trainer in Scotland

Canva Training & Workshops

Good news for anyone local who is interested in some Canva training courses, there are a few coming up in a few different regions of Central Scotland. All of the following events are FREE events with Business Gateway. Read on to see where and when these upcoming events are taking place…

What is Canva?

First though, if you don’t know what Canva actually is, it’s a FREE online tool that allows you to create eye-catching graphics to use both offline and on.

 You can create a logo, a flyer, brochure, business cards, buttons for your website, web and social media headers and so much more! You can also use Canva to source images to use on your website and social media channels!

…And did I mention, you can do all this for FREE?

Canva Course, BG Lanarkshire

My first Canva course for 2018 is 22 February – Business Gateway Lanarkshire.

This course is being held at Business Gateway’s Atrium Business Centre from 1:30pm-4:30pm.

It is recommended that you bring your own laptop to this course as it’s an interactive training session.

To book Creating Killer Graphics at Lanarkshire, go to this Events page on Business Gateway.

2nd Canva Workshop – East Dunbartonshire

The next Business Gateway Canva Workshop for 2018 will be held in Milngavie on 1 March.

This will be my first time delivering a workshop in East Dunbartonshire (though have delivered the Canva training to the Business Gateway staff already).

The event is 9:30am-12:30pm at Milngavie Enterprise Centre.

Again you’ll want to bring your laptop as this course is practical. To book the March 1 workshop, please visit the Business Gateway Events page here.

Evening Canva Training – Ayrshire

For those who can’t make day time events, you may be happy to learn that one is being held in the evening.

Join me at 5pm on the 6th March, in Ayrshire at Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn.

At the moment this workshop is “Fully-booked” – so I would advise putting it in your calendar and checking nearer the time.

There are often a lot of “no shows” – so you will probably get in. Perhaps give BG Ayrshire a phone to get on the waiting list, or keep an eye on Ayrshire  BG’s events page to see if any cancellations come up. (Honestly they will come up)…

Finally, Canva in Paisley

Last but not least, there is a recent addition to the Canva courses – this time it’s Paisley for Business Gateway Renfrewshire – tentatively slated for March 8 at 1:30pm in InCube.

This has just been confirmed today and will be added to the Business Gateway Events system in due course (pun intended).

So if you’re interested in attending, do keep an eye on the BG Renfrewshire course area or follow their FB page to be kept up to date. Or call them up to book on.

Before I Go, “Blogging for Business”

Just a final mention of one other workshop coming up this week for Business Gateway Ayrshire – it’s Blogging for Business.

You can book this Valentine’s Day course here.

The course has also just been confirmed for Paisley on the 15 March at 1:30pm.

Again keep an eye on BG Renfrewshire’s events if you’re interested in that one too.

That’s about all that’s on the BG courses on the books at the moment.

The rest of the time is spent doing one to one training with a wide variety of clients across the Central Belt.

Want to Connect with Me?

Feel free to connect with me on the Thea’s Things Facebook page.

Also please check out my latest t-shirt designs on my Design-A-Day 2018 over on Redbubble.

If you would like any one-to-one training then please feel free to reach out to discuss how I might be able to assist you on 0141 416 1492.

Thanks for stopping by!