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How do I use clipart and backgrounds in Canva?

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Here’s our simple step-by-step guide for uploading our graphics and background images to Canva to create your own original announcements and social media posts.


Canva is free online software to use on your computer or you can download the app to your iPhone or iPad. You will need to create an account so you can save your designs.

It is a great way to create your own custom invitations, announcements and posts, and is used by both non-designers as well as professionals. As with any creative design, selecting layouts, fonts, and images can be time consuming when there are so many options!

While the service is free, Canva makes money through the sale of stock images as well as other premium offerings (Canva Pro), so no need to upgrade unless these are necessary for you.

I have tested out the app using the free account, uploading my own graphics and choosing from the free options and have found it quite easy and fun!

Step One
Open Canva and select ‘Create Flyer or Invitation’ option.

Step Two
Click the ‘Uploads’ tab to browse to your saved image/s. Select it and click open

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Step Three
When it has uploaded, drag it onto the main area and make any size adjustments.

Step Four
Click the ‘Text’ tab and add preset text or your own text – try out the fonts, change the size, move them around…

Step Five
Saving happens automatically so now you can share and download (choose your format) – it’s that simple! The JPEG is smaller and better for use on the web.

Here is my invitation sample using this background image:

There are over a 100 fonts to suit your style and you can make lots of adjustments to the font size, colour, line height, spacing, alignment, and position of your words to make it perfect.

You can also add elements such as lines, shapes, doodles, emojis. Some are free and some are only available with Canva Pro.

Share to your favourite social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and save your design to your computer or device and share via email, text, messaging apps etc.

P.S. I have no affiliation with Canva!