A free mini-course
From Scratch to Sophistication - Learn to use Canva and create marketing materials like a PRO!
Canva is a web-based application for graphic design. With an ever expanding inventory, you're able to design a massive range of materials from business cards, to presentations, to ads, to menus, to thank you cards... just to name a few!
This course will walk you through every aspect of Canva, from Scratch to Sophistication, showing you each of the components and how they can be used.
Who is this course for?
- Beginners who aren't even sure how to signup, never mind trying to design anything.
- Intermediate level people who will probably want to skim or skip the first few lessons and jump into the walk-throughs of the different elements, tools and features.
- Existing Canva users who are considering some of our other courses or membership and are perhaps curious about our style of teaching.
This is a full blown course, created with the same level of quality, care and attention as our paid courses. We provide it for free for two reasons:
- It's more supplemental to the core path of our courses.
- It allows everyone the opportunity to experience one of our courses before investing in any paid options.
Canva is a really cool tool, available for free. One we think every entrepreneur and authorpreneur should be using. You'll obtain maximum benefit if you understand how.
Canva comes with many design types setup ready for you to use, with professional layout templates that you can simply customize. This makes it incredibly easy to create professional quality marketing materials that you need for any aspect of your business. Whether it's print materials, digital ads, website graphics, social media imagery, presentations, or downloadable lead magnets.
You can do all of this quickly and easily, without the high cost of hiring professional designers.
But as with many web-based tools, there are a lot of assumptions made by the developers on a user's knowledge and understanding of "how" to use the program.
Our course on learning how to use Canva from scratch teaches you everything you need to know about the features and options available and how to apply them to your own designs. The way in which you ultimately use Canva will vary greatly based on your needs, but the functionality of each of the features will always remain the same.
In addition to teaching the functionality of each feature, we provide a walk-through demo of creating a few specific designs. We will add more walk-through demos for our students, on request, as the need arises.
My passion is helping people. I have a knack for it. Twenty-five years ago I was helping people learn how to play the piano - today I'm helping people learn how to play the computer. I work primarily with raw beginners and those just getting going. I guide you step by step in setting up your online presence so you’re excited to share it with the world. I've led an enjoyably varied life over the years - it all adds to what I do.
In addition to being heavily involved in technology from many angles, I own a digital media publication (online newspaper) called the Gateway Gazette which I started with my mom, Pam, back in 2004. I'm also a published author of YA/Fantasy. My background in publishing, small business and professional industries all helped to inspire my desire to develop this style of training programs.
I have current, hands-on experience that has grown and developed over the last 25 years through online courses, tutorials, trial and error, and sometimes just getting lucky. I have 25+ years of real life, business experience in the fields of teaching, technology, writing, real estate appraisals, horsemanship, music, marketing and publishing. All of this combined has given me the know-how, insight, passion, and desire to help others through teaching useful application of technology in a way that will be most impactful and achievable in their lives.
I'm the techie who speaks non-techie!
StartLesson 2 - Canva's main dashboard (13:59)
StartLesson 3 - Canva's Beginner Challenge (15:09)
StartLesson 4 - Design type options (9:16)
StartLesson 5 - Navigating the design canvas (22:51)
StartLesson 6 - Working with Backgrounds and Text (21:12)
StartLesson 7 - Elements - Free Photos (13:17)
StartLesson 8 - Elements - Grids (6:35)
StartLesson 9 - Elements - Frames (9:26)
StartLesson 10 - Elements - Shapes (9:54)
StartLesson 11 - Elements - Lines, Illustrations, Icons & Charts (12:55)
StartLesson 12 - a few more bits and pieces (13:37)
StartLesson 13 - Tutorial Section (5:52)