Creator Tutorials

  • How To Make Transparent Backgrounds In Canva

    I use Canva as one of the many digital product creation resources in my toolbox and love it for the ease of use and powerful design functions like creating transparent backgrounds in seconds.

    In this Canva tutorial I show you how to make transparent backgrounds for your design work.

    What Is A Transparent Background?

    When you hear the phrase “transparent background” in regards to an image, logo, or other design file it means there is no background at all. Instead of a background there is nothing visible.

    The file type that supports transparency in backgrounds in PNG, aka Portable Network Graphics, a raster-graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. This file type supports:

    • palette-based images
    • grayscale images
    • transparent backgrounds
    • full-color non-palette-based RGB or RGBA images

    PNG files with transparent backgrounds are useful in a variety of design functions.

    You can see examples of these images easily by searching “transparent PNG” with your favorite brand’s name. When you see an image surrounded by a white-and-grey checkered pattern in the search results that is an indicator that the background does not exist. When you use that image in a design the checkered pattern will not show up – no background will be visible.

    Why Do You Need Transparent Backgrounds?

    Professional designs are built upon the concept of layers. Designers use layers of photos, text, graphic elements, backgrounds to built a full cohesive design made from all the layers together.

    Layering elements only works in a design if you are able to layer items with transparent backgrounds. If each item had a regular background you would not be able to achieve a beautiful and professional design, which is why transparent backgrounds are so important.

    If you are creating graphics or designing digital products or adding a watermark to photos/videos you will need to be able to create images with transparent backgrounds.

    How Can You Find Or Create Transparent Backgrounds?

    You don’t need to be a professional designer to create transparent backgrounds for your photos, logos, or design elements.

    It’s easy to make a transparent background in Canva with their pro plan.

    You can also make transparent backgrounds in other programs both for free and paid but I’ve found the simplicity and ease of Canva makes it my go to for this particular function since I pay for their affordable pro plan.

    If you are trying to find certain elements to use online or via a site like Creative Market, you can find these transparent backgrounds with a few key search terms. When looking for things with transparent backgrounds, use these terms:

    • PNG
    • transparent PNG
    • transparent logo
    • transparent image
    • transparent background

    How to Make a Transparent Background in Canva

    The video tutorial below shows how to create transparent backgrounds as well as how to then use those images in Canva.

    Creating a transparent background for your design is super easy in Canva:

    1. Open Canva and start a new design project
    2. Create your design – remember that any elements you add will be visible in the final project because there is nowhere to hide with a transparent background
    3. When you are happen with your design, it’s time to download
    4. Click the “Download” button in the top right corner
    5. Select “PNG” in the File type dropdown
    6. Select the checkbox next to “Transparent background”
    7. Hit the purple “Download” button

    When your png file downloads it will have a transparent background.

    If you do not see the box to select next to “Transparent background” option then you are in the Canva’s Free Forever plan and will need to upgrade your account to a paid version. There are options to pay monthly as a subscription or save some money and pay yearly.

    Transparent Background & White Background Differences

    If you haven’t used transparent backgrounds for images before then you might not be aware of the differences. Sometimes these can appear the same on a computer based on the application so what are the differences?

    An image on a white background may look the same as one with a transparent background in various applications, but in other applications the difference will be obvious. The transparent background image will be able to be laid over another image without a background.

    In this example the transparent background image on the left side shows up with a greyed out screen in Preview. On the right you can see the image with a white background that is not transparent.

    Next let’s look at how you would use an image with a transparent background.

    How to Use Transparent Background Images

    After you have created your image with a transparent background you are ready to start using it to create layers in your design work.

    In the image below we’ve added the transparent background png on top of another image.

    As you can see there is no background around the text because of the transparent background.

    You can compare that to the picture below where we added the file with the white background that was not transparent.

    Without the transparent background you are stuck with a white box that detracts from the design and does not allow proper layering.

    To layer your transparent background image in your work you just upload your image back into Canva and then you can easily click and place it on top of other designs.

    This technique is easy to use and can be done with any number of elements, text, logos, or more.

    Once you know how to use transparent backgrounds you are ready to make more digital products, social media content or anything you need. The possibilities are endless!

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  • How To Make Curved Text In Canva Tutorial

    Curved text can add visual interest to your designs especially when creating digital products to sell for passive income.

    If you are creating your digital products or social media designs in Canva then it is very easy to create curved text within your design.

    In this easy step-by-step two minute tutorial I walk you through the basics of how to create curved text for your designs.

    Create Curved Text In Canva

    In this video I’m sharing how to create curved text in Canva​ when you are creating digital products and social media content in Canva.

    How to create curved text in Canva step by step:

    • Add text to the design
    • With the text box selected, click Effects in the top menu
    • A side bar will pop up on the left with text effect
    • Select Curve in the bottom right corner
    • Use the slider at the bottom of the sidebar to adjust the curve
    • You can slide to create a positive or negative curve in either direction
    • Use the Canva guidelines to adjust the text to fit your design

    That’s how to create curved text in Canva, which is a super easy technique but can really increase the visual interest within your design. It’s a great way to make your designs stand out and look different.

    Canva For Digital Products

    I use Canva for making several digital products and curved text is one of the newer features they added in 2020 that has really helped a lot with making designs. I’m not a designer at all so having such an easy way to make curved text is really helpful. It’s been very useful for creating digital stickers, art printables, and more.

    If you want to create digital products then Canva is a great place to start. There is a free version that you can use to start and you can get a free trial of the Pro version that offers many additional features.

    Below are a few video tutorials for how to create digital products in Canva:

    Video: how to create printable art to sell on Etsy

    Video: how to create printables in Canva to sell on Etsy

    I originally started creating digital products to help better monetize my YouTube channel but fell in love when it increased both my income and reach beyond YouTube.

    It’s truly revolutionized my business and I’m always creating new digital products now because I love the creativity of thinking up how to best create something new.

    Canva is the easiest software I’ve used to create digital products. It’s intuitive and simple to use yet has enough features to make it powerful enough to compete with Adobe programs.

    Sign up for a free trial of Canva here.

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