How to publish your design


You’ve just added the finishing touches to your masterpiece, and now it’s time to show the world your creative skills. Downloading your design is just the tip of the iceberg—with Canva, there is so much more you can do, from professional printing to creating a website. Scroll on for some ideas to get you started.

In this article, you will learn:

With Canva 2.0, you can take one design and use it on more platforms than before.

Ready to present your pitch deck? Easy. Looking to repurpose your design on social media? Done. Wanting to send out your invite in the mail as well as creating a website? We can help you.

Whatever the project is, taking your design and making it accessible has never been easier, and you can fulfill all your design needs in one place without needing to switch and change between websites.

Below, we give you a step-by-step guide to publishing your creations.

Downloading your final version

Once you’re happy with your final product, find the publish button and press Download. Next, you can purchase any premium elements that are in your design. The final step is to pick a format that will work best for your needs—you can choose between PNG(opens in a new tab or window), JPG(opens in a new tab or window) and PDF(opens in a new tab or window) formats.

Now, however you choose to share your design, you will always have a master copy ready just in case. But fear not, it will also save on your Canva account so you can access it whenever you need. Whenever you log back in, you can find all of your designs on the Canva homepage.

Looking to create an invite for your next party(opens in a new tab or window)? From minimal to bold designs, for birthdays or weddings, we’ve got a massive selection to choose from.

Presenting your slideshow

When you’re giving a presentation, the best way to keep your audience engaged is through the use of creative slides that clearly communicate your message. By using a few design principles for your next presentation(opens in a new tab or window), you’ll be sure to captivate your audience with ease.

If you’re working with a team for your next presentation, Canva’s Collaborate feature provides you with a link to share with the members in your group and allows numerous people to edit the design, making collaboration on projects easier than ever. No more emailing back and forth about small changes—just make them yourself!

Once complete, press Publish and then Present. You will be given an option to pay for any premium elements used within the slides, and then you are able to present as a full-screen slideshow. You can also choose whether you would like to click and change slides manually or turn on Autoplay for an automatic flow of your slides while you talk.

With over 3,000 presentation templates(opens in a new tab or window) to choose from, you’re bound to find a design that you can personalize for your needs.

Share directly to your social channels

It’s no secret that social media is a great tool for expanding your network(opens in a new tab or window), and Canva is now making it easier to instantly share what you’re working on with your followers. Once you’ve connected your account to Canva, you are now able to post directly into a Facebook group, page, or onto your profile.

If you’re a Canva Pro subscriber, our Magic Switch tool allows you to easily adapt your design to any size for varying social platforms. You can then publish directly to Facebook, X (Twitter), Linkedin or Pinterest, so you can be in all places at once.

Alternatively, you can download the post in your chosen format and upload it to your social channels at a later time.

If you’re looking to be more strategic with how you post on social platforms, we also now offer a scheduling service for Canva Pro(opens in a new tab or window) subscribers that allows you to roster your posts at popular times throughout the day—so now you don’t have to be permanently attached to your phone. Canva Schedule is a tool that allows you to design now and post later, giving you an around-the-clock social media presence without the hassle.

Print it and ship it

While you can share anything on the web these days and interact with someone in seconds, there is still something so special about having a physical invite, or card within your grasp. When it comes to printing your design, there are a few options you can try.

If you’d like to print your design using your own printer, open the PDF document you wish to print(opens in a new tab or window), look for the print button and select your printer model. Make sure to set your printer settings to the 100% scale to ensure your designs will print at the intended size.

Or, in case you missed it, Canva now offers printing services(opens in a new tab or window) and will deliver your designs to your door in the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand (with more destinations on their way). Once you’ve created a design, you can choose to print it as a business card(opens in a new tab or window), flyer, invite, poster or A4 layout. Next, you can choose paper quality, the number of prints you require and shipping options. Below are just a few designs our Canva users have printed.

Image by Mystica Jewelry: Instagram post by Canva

Canva Print: Instagram post by Canva

Create an easy-to-use website

Creating a website can feel like a daunting task, but Canva is making it easier than ever. In fact, by clicking the Publish tab and then selecting Website, your designs will instantly turn into a functional website. You can then pick a layout that works best for your needs. This includes: classic navigation, scrolling, presentation and standard designs. For example, if you’d like to share your resume with a link, the scrolling option works perfectly to help recruiters have a seamless view of your qualifications.

However you choose to publish and share your designs, with Canva’s new and seemingly endless options, you can design and publish anywhere—even while you’re on the go. Whether you’re an experienced designer, or just starting your design journey, you can polish your skills by scrolling through and discovering Canva 2.0’s newest features(opens in a new tab or window), and also reading through our Learn Blog(opens in a new tab or window) for thousands of tips and tricks that will help you make the most of all we have on offer.

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