15 Genius Canva Hacks In Under 10 Minutes

Wholesale Ted
6 Jul 202309:58

TLDRIn this video, the presenter shares 15 ingenious Canva hacks to enhance design efficiency and quality. The hacks include creating bolder font effects, using the search bar to quickly find desired images, identifying scalable vector graphics, and creating color palettes from images. The presenter also demonstrates how to apply a color scheme to a page using AI technology, hide images while retaining their color palette, and use alignment tools for design consistency. Additionally, viewers learn how to increase image resolution for printing, transform images into paintings or cartoons with the Prisma app, and use Canva's Smart Mockups for commercial purposes. The video concludes with a fun hack for combining images using the crop tool, all within a 10-minute timeframe.


  • 🎨 Use the outline tool in Canva to make a font appear bolder by matching the outline color to the font color and adjusting the thickness.
  • 🔍 When searching through Canva's images, find a suitable image and use its associated keywords for a refined search to find similar styles.
  • 📈 Distinguish between scalable vector graphics (SVGs) and traditional graphics in Canva by checking if the image colors are editable; SVGs are made with mathematical formulas and scale without quality loss.
  • 🌈 Quickly create color palettes by selecting a boho background graphic with editable colors and applying its color scheme to other elements in your design.
  • 📸 Canva's AI can generate a color palette from a photo, which can be applied to other elements in your design for a cohesive color scheme.
  • 🌟 Hide an image in your design by setting its transparency to zero and moving it to the lowest layer to maintain its color palette without it being visible.
  • 🧩 Utilize Canva's align tools to align multiple elements and space them evenly for a neat and organized design layout.
  • 🖼 Increase the image resolution of your Canva designs for print by increasing the canvas size, using the pro account feature to upscale the file size, or saving and converting a PDF to maintain 300 DPI.
  • 🖼️ Turn a photo into a painting or cartoon using Canva's Prisma app, which offers a range of artistic styles for your images.
  • 🔗 Check the image information tab in Canva to find the source of the image, which can lead to finding images with more permissive licenses for commercial use.
  • 🚀 Use Canva's Smart Mockups to display your designs on various product mockups, enhancing the presentation of your work.
  • ✂️ Combine images using the crop tool to create composite images, such as adding a smile to a photo of a dog.

Q & A

  • What is the challenge set by the speaker at the beginning of the video?

    -The speaker challenges themselves to show 15 genius Canva hacks in under 10 minutes and teach something new about Canva.

  • How does the speaker create a bolder version of a font that they like?

    -The speaker selects the text, applies the outline tool, changes it to the same color as the text, and then reduces the thickness to make it look like a bolder version of the font.

  • What is a quick way to find similar images in Canva?

    -After finding one picture that fits the style, the speaker suggests opening the more information tab, checking the associated keywords, and using those keywords to perform another search for images.

  • How can you tell the difference between scalable vector graphics and traditional graphics in Canva?

    -Scalable vector graphics can have their colors changed, while traditional graphics cannot. This is because vectors are made with mathematical formulas that allow for scaling without quality loss.

  • How can you quickly create a color palette in Canva using vector graphics?

    -The speaker suggests searching for a boho background graphic with editable colors, then adding another picture with editable colors. When changing the picture's colors, the color scheme from the background graphic will be added to the document colors.

  • What is a useful feature of Canva's AI when it comes to creating color palettes from photos?

    -Canva's AI can create a color palette based on a selected photo, which can then be used to edit and apply the color scheme to other elements in the design.

  • How can you apply a color scheme from a photo to your entire page in Canva?

    -By right-clicking the photo and selecting 'apply colors to page', the AI technology will recolor all elements on the page to match the color scheme of the selected photo.

  • What is the purpose of hiding a photo in a Canva design?

    -Hiding a photo allows the user to keep its color palette available for use without having the photo visible in the final design. This is done by setting the photo's transparency to zero and moving it to the lowest layer.

  • What are Canva's align tools and how can they be used?

    -Canva's align tools allow users to select multiple elements and align them in various ways, such as aligning at the top or bottom. Users can also have Canva space the elements evenly throughout the design.

  • Why is it important to increase the DPI of images for printing?

    -Increasing the DPI (dots per inch) to 300 ensures that the images print in high resolution and do not appear blurry, which can happen if the default 96 DPI is used for printing.

  • How can you increase the image resolution of a Canva design?

    -There are three ways mentioned: increasing the canvas size by 3.125 times before printing, using the pro account feature to increase the file size by 3.125 times upon download, and saving the design as a PDF which is automatically in 300 DPI and then converting it to another file type like PNG using a tool like Cloud Convert.

  • What is the Prisma feature in Canva and how can it be used?

    -The Prisma feature in Canva allows users to turn their photos into paintings or cartoons by applying different artistic styles. This can be combined with Canva's background remover to create custom photo products.

  • How can you find the original source of an image used in Canva?

    -By opening the information tab of an image in Canva, users can see where the image was sourced from, such as Pixabay, and can potentially find more information about the image's licensing.

  • What are Canva's Smart Mockups and how can they be used for commercial purposes?

    -Canva's Smart Mockups are a feature that provides a range of different mockups that users can add to their designs. Users can drag and drop elements onto the mockups to create a realistic representation of how their design would look on a product, which is useful for commercial purposes.

  • How can you combine images using Canva's crop tool?

    -Using Canva's crop tool, users can search for specific elements, like a smiling face, crop them, and then combine them with other images, such as adding a smile to a dog's face in a photo.



🎨 Canva Design Hacks and Features

The video script introduces a set of 15 ingenious Canva hacks that can be learned in under 10 minutes. It begins with a quick hack for making a font appear bolder using the outline tool and matching the outline color to the text. The speaker then shares a tip for efficiently browsing through Canva's image library by using keywords associated with a selected image to refine searches. The difference between scalable vector graphics (SVGs) and traditional graphics is explained, highlighting the scalability and color changeability of SVGs. The script also covers creating color palettes from vector graphics and photos using Canva's AI, applying color schemes to a page, and hiding images while retaining their color palettes for future use. Align tools are mentioned for realigning multiple design elements, and increasing image resolution for print purposes is discussed, with methods including increasing canvas size, using pro account features, and saving as a PDF. The paragraph concludes with additional hacks for image editing, sourcing images from Pixabay, and using Canva's Smart Mockups for commercial applications.


📈 Increasing Image Resolution and Creative Editing in Canva

The second paragraph delves into techniques for improving the print quality of Canva designs by targeting a 300 DPI resolution. It suggests increasing the canvas size by 3.125 times for higher resolution prints and mentions a feature exclusive to Canva Pro accounts that allows for automatic resizing during the download process. The paragraph also recommends saving designs as PDFs to inherently achieve 300 DPI and using an external tool like CloudConvert to convert these PDFs into other file formats while maintaining the high DPI. Further, it introduces the Prisma app for transforming photos into paintings or cartoons, combining this with Canva's background remover for custom photo products. The paragraph highlights the ability to trace back to the source of images on Canva, particularly those with public domain licenses, which are more flexible for commercial use. Canva's Smart Mockups are also discussed as a tool for commercial applications, with a hack for featuring multiple elements in a mockup by creating a separate project file. The paragraph concludes with a creative hack for combining images using the crop tool to edit photos in unique ways.




Canva is an online design platform that allows users to create a variety of graphic designs such as social media graphics, presentations, posters, and more. In the video, Canva is the central theme as the presenter shares hacks to enhance the user experience and design capabilities within the platform.


A font is a particular size, weight, and style of a set of type. In the video, the presenter discusses enhancing a font's appearance by using Canva's outline tool to make it look bolder, which is helpful for designers when the desired boldness is not available in the font itself.

💡Outline Tool

The outline tool in Canva is a feature that allows users to create an outline around text. The presenter uses this tool creatively to simulate a bolder version of a chosen font, which is a practical hack for design enhancement.

💡Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Scalable Vector Graphics are graphic images that can be resized without loss of quality. In the video, the presenter explains the difference between SVGs and traditional graphics, noting that SVGs are preferable for larger prints as they do not pixelate when enlarged.

💡Color Palette

A color palette is a range of colors that are visually appealing when grouped together. The video demonstrates how to quickly create a color palette in Canva by using AI technology to generate colors based on uploaded photos or by selecting vector graphics with editable colors.

💡AI Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology refers to the use of computer systems to simulate human intelligence. In the context of the video, Canva's AI is shown to automatically create color palettes based on the aesthetic and color scheme of selected photos, streamlining the design process.

💡Dots Per Inch (DPI)

Dots Per Inch is a measure of spatial printing or video dot density. The presenter discusses the importance of a higher DPI for printing high-resolution images and provides hacks to increase the DPI of Canva designs for better print quality.

💡Pro Account

A Pro Account in Canva offers users additional features and capabilities beyond the free version. One such feature mentioned in the video is the ability to download designs at a higher DPI without manually adjusting the canvas size.



Mockups are digital representations of how a design will look on a physical product or in a particular environment. The video showcases Canva's Smart Mockups feature, which allows users to place their designs onto various mockup templates to visualize the final product.

💡Crop Tool

The crop tool in Canva is used to adjust the size and composition of an image. The presenter uses the crop tool creatively to combine images, such as adding a smiling face to a photograph of a dog, demonstrating the versatility of the tool for custom design solutions.

💡Public Domain License

A public domain license means that an asset, such as an image, is not protected by copyright and can be freely used by anyone. The video explains how to identify images with a public domain license on Canva, which can be more flexible for commercial use than other licenses.


Transparency in design refers to the opacity level of an object or element. The presenter describes how setting the transparency of an image to zero effectively hides it in the design while still allowing the user to reference its color palette, which is a clever hack for design organization.


A quick hack to make a font look bolder by using the outline tool and matching the color to the text.

Efficiently browsing through Canva's image library by using keywords associated with a selected image.

Identifying scalable vector graphics from traditional graphics by their color changeability.

Creating color palettes quickly using vector graphics and Canva's AI from photos.

Applying a color scheme from one element to an entire page with the 'apply colors to page' feature.

Hiding an image while retaining its color palette for future use by adjusting transparency and layer position.

Using Canva's align tools to realign multiple elements and space them evenly.

Increasing image resolution for print by enlarging the canvas size or using Canva Pro's download feature.

Converting PDF files to other formats while maintaining 300 DPI using cloud convert.

Transforming images into paintings or cartoons using the Prisma app within Canva.

Combining the background remover and Prisma app to create custom photo products.

Discovering the source of Canva's images and their licenses for more flexible commercial use.

Utilizing Canva's Smart Mockups for commercial presentations and product designs.

Creating a composite image by combining elements from different photos using the crop tool.

Increasing design resolution for printing by saving as a PDF and converting to other formats with 300 DPI.

Using Canva's layers tab to manage the hierarchy and visibility of design elements.

A comprehensive guide to enhancing Canva designs with various hacks for both online and print media.