iPhone App

Log in/Sign up

The first screen you’ll see after downloading and opening up the Canva app is the log in screen displayed below. From here you are able to log in to an existing account or sign up for a new one.

To log in to an existing Canva account, tap on the Log in button. Choose from any of the following options to log in to your account:

  • Connect with Facebook
  • Connect with Google
  • Connect with your email address and password

Once logged in, you’ll see the available Instagram templates by default.

To sign up for a new Canva account, tap on the Sign up button. Choose from any of the following options to create a new account:

  • Connect with Facebook
  • Connect with Google
  • Connect with your email address and password

Tap on the Sign up button at the bottom of the options. Once you’re logged into your new Canva account, you’ll see the available Instagram templates by default.

To sign out of your account, tap on the 3 small dots on the top left-hand corner of the app and tap the Sign out button.

Creating a New Design

On the Canva app, you’ll be able to create new designs using Canva layouts for:

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Presentation
  • Facebook Cover
  • Pinterest
  • Poster
  • Blog Graphics
  • Card
  • YouTube Art
  • Flyer
  • Invitation

To create a new design, swipe through the template options in the apps header and tap on the kind you wish to use.

This will reveal different layout options made by Canva designers for you to choose from. To select one, give it a tap.

Working with Images

You can edit images in the Canva app using filters, changing the way they are cropped, or by replacing them. 

Replacing an Image

If you wish to work with a different image, you can replace the image in your design by tapping on the Replace button directly below your design.

You’ll be able to select a new image from:

  • Your iPhone library
  • Canva’s image library

Tapping on the replace button will pull up the images stored in your device below your design. To use one, simply tap on it.

To use an image in Canva’s image library, key in the word that best describes the image you are looking for into the search field directly below your design and hit Search. This will pull up dozens of images from Canva’s library for you to select from.

You can also replace an image by taking a photo on your phone. To do so, tap on the Camera button directly below your design. You’ll be able to take a photo directly within the Canva app and automatically load it on to your design.

Using Filters

You can apply, change or remove a filter from the image you are working with. To reveal the controls that let you work with filters, tap on the image you wish to work with. They’ll appear directly below your layout.

  • To apply a filter to the image, swipe through the filter options displayed below the image and tap on the one you’d like to use.
  • To change a filter, swipe through the filter options displayed below the image and tap on an alternative filter.
  • To remove all filters from the image, tap on the No Filter option displayed below the image.

You can change the intensity of the filter applied to an image using the slider below the filters. Sliding it to the right will intensify it. Sliding it to the left will reduce the intensity of the filter.

Using Advanced Filters

At the very bottom of the image editing controls you’ll see the option to work with Advanced Filters.

Tapping on this option will let you customize the image by working with the following options:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Colorize
  • Blur
  • Vignette

To change any of the options, use the option’s slider. Pushing the slider to the right will intensify the effect of the option on the image and pushing it to the left will reduce it.

Cropping Your Image

You can easily crop your image on the Canva app using your fingers.

To change the section of the image displayed, simply drag the image around the viewport using your finger.

To zoom in on an image, spread your fingers on the image. To zoom out, pinch the screen.

 

Working with Text

Styling Text

Layouts on the Canva app come with great font pairings and beautiful typesetting. To easily make changes to text styling, tap on the text box you wish to edit. This will reveal controls directly below the text that will let you change:

  • Fonts the drop-down menu below the layout
  • Alignment
  • Emphasis
  • Caps to lowercase and vice-versa
  • Line spacing and height using the Spacing button
  • Text size using the Text Size slider. You can also change the size of your text using your fingers. To enlarge text, spread your fingers. To reduce text size, pinch your text.
  • Color and transparency using the color editor

 

Need to change the placement of a text box? Drag it to its new position using your fingers.

Editing Content

To change the content if any text box, double-tap the text element you wish to edit. This will let you use your iPhone keyboard to enter new content into the field. Once you’re happy with the new content, tap done.

Note that you can edit content in any text box in the same way you would text anywhere else on your iPhone.

  • To delete an entire string of content, tap the backspace button on the iPhone keyboard.
  • To delete a specific word, long tap the word to reveal iPhone's default menu.

Adding Text

To add a new text box to a layout, tap on the Text button in your footer. You’ll be able to add both custom and pre-designed text boxes.

To add custom text, tap on +Add Some Text of Your Own button. Note that you’ll have to style text on your own to get it looking just right.

Pre-designed text boxes offer sample text with pre-fixed typefaces and layouts. To add pre-designed text boxes, browse through the options displayed below your design and tap on the one you wish to use.

Delete a Text Box

To delete an entire text box:

  1. Tap on the box to select it.
  2. A small circle with 3 dots will appear on the upper left-hand side of the box. Give it a tap.
  3. Tap the trash button.

Working with Design Elements

Tapping on the Elements icon in the bottom menu will reveal different design elements you can drop into your design.

Adding a Design Element

To add a new design element into your layout, tap on the Elements button in your footer. Browse through the selection and tap on your favorite.

Editing a Design Element

You can change a design element’s color, transparency, size, and location.

To change a design elements color:

  1. Tap on the element.
  2. A selection of predefined colors will appear below the layout.
  3. Select the color you wish to work with.

To change an element’s transparency, use the Transparency slider. Sliding it to the right will reduce the element’s transparency. Sliding it to the left will increase it.

You can change a design element’s size using your fingers. To enlarge a design element, spread your fingers. To reduce a design element’s size, pinch using your fingers.

To change a design element’s location, drag it to its new location using your fingers.

Deleting a Design Element

To delete a design element:

  1. Tap on the element.
  2. A small circle with 3 dots will appear on its top left-hand corner. Give it a tap.
  3. Tap on the Trash icon in the top right-hand corner.

Adding a Color to the Palette

You can add colors to the set of predefined colors displayed below your layout. To do so:

  1. On the color menu, tap on the + sign to reveal a color field.
  2. Using your finger, drag around the field to select a new color.
  3. Once you’re happy with a new color, tap done.
  4. The new color will appear at the bottom of the color palette menu.

Working with Pages

Creating a multi page design? Learn how to add, delete or duplicate pages in a design on the Canva iPhone app.

Add a page

To add a page, tap on the Pages button on the bottom menu and tap on the + button directly below your design.

Delete a page

To delete a page, tap on the page you wish to delete and tap on the Trash button directly below your design. 

Duplicate a page

To duplicate a page, tap on the page you wish to duplicate and tap on the Duplicate button directly below your design.

Change your page order

To change the page order in your design, press and drag on the page you wish to move.

Working with Layouts

Like its web counterpart, the Canva iPhone app comes with pre-designed layouts that can give you a head start on what you want to create.

Start by selecting a template, then choose from the variety of available layouts and personalize it.

At any time, you can change the layout you’re working with to a new one. Tap the Layouts tab on the bottom menu to show all the available layouts for that template. Scroll through to pick what you want to use, and tap to replace the layout you’re currently using.

Sharing your Work

Ready to share a new design with the world? Share your design easily and inspire others.

 

To do so:

  1. Tap on the Share button in the top right-hand corner.
  2. An export progress gradient will appear. Wait for it to complete.
  3. Select the option you’d like to share it through. Currently, you can share your design using:
    • Airdrop
    • Apps installed on your iPhone
    • Save, Assign to Contact, Copy, Print, More

FAQs

How do I use my photo or camera?

You can use your photo by tapping the replace button below your design to pull up the images stored in your device. To use your camera, simply tap on the camera button and take a photo in the Canva app and automatically upload it to your design.

Can I use Canva for Work on the iPhone app?

At the moment, the iPhone app has no Canva for Work option available yet. Logging in will bring up your Personal profile and designs.

Can I access my iPhone designs on the Web app?

Yes, you can find your iPhone designs in your Personal account.

 

 

 

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