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10 gifts we unboxed at Canva Create

Earlier this week we dropped 10 unopened gifts onto the Canva homepage of 125 million people across the globe. Today, we unwrapped them on the stage at Canva Create.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t unboxed the gifts we’ve dropped onto your homepage, stop reading and click here(opens in a new tab or window) to unbox them first!

Since launching Canva nearly a decade ago, we’ve been working towards our wild dream of empowering everyone to design anything. Last year, we took a huge leap forward with the introduction of Canva’s Visual Suite(opens in a new tab or window) at our inaugural Canva Create event in September – but we haven’t stopped there. Just moments ago, we returned to an even bigger stage for our second Canva Create event where we unveiled a whole range of exciting announcements for our community around the world.

A few days ago, we dropped some very special wrapped gifts onto the homepages of more than 125 million people across the globe. It’s been so much fun seeing everyone guess what might be inside the boxes, but today the wait is over.

Canva new products

Our unopened gifts waiting on the homepage.

We added a whole lot of magic new additions(opens in a new tab or window) to Canva’s Visual Suite(opens in a new tab or window), launched a range of products to make every brand feel at home on Canva, and even a few very special bonus surprises based on requests from our community – here’s a look at some of the new products we unboxed on stage today.

Magic for the Visual Suite

Much like the introduction of personal devices and HTML5 that made Canva possible nearly a decade ago, we’ve once again found ourselves at an exciting time where the combination of accelerating technology and the growing need for visual communication are converging to unlock new design superpowers.

We launched Canva’s Visual Suite at our first Canva Create in September, and today, we unboxed a whole range of features that add an extra special layer of magic with a focus on speed and creative inspiration. Available across every type of design, these new products accelerate the design process at every step of the journey while unlocking design capabilities never seen before.

🎁 Gift #1 - Magic Design is here

Struggling to visualize your ideal design, or find the perfect template? With Magic Design(opens in a new tab or window), powered by OpenAI, you'll now be able to simply upload an image, select a style, and watch it come to life across a curated selection of your very own personalized and fully customizable templates to either download or edit further.

Magic Design automatically chooses the perfect accompanying fonts, images, graphics and styles to turn your imagination into the perfect design, from billboards to birthday cards, every time.

🎁 Gift #2 - Draw your ideas

Following many requests from our community, we're excited to release a new way to draw across any type of design. Plus, if you’d like a helping hand, we'll magically recognize what you're creating and smooth out the shapes.

Whether you’re highlighting in a presentation or planning your next big project on a whiteboard, Draw(opens in a new tab or window) makes it a breeze to get your thoughts in shape. Simply select the brush you want and customize it with any color or weight, to enhance your designs and make your ideas pop!

But that’s not all – coming soon, we'll even match your sketch to options in our element library, helping turn scribbles into polished illustrations in a flash.

🎁 Gift #3 - Translate designs in a click

Once you’ve created your designs, you need to share them with the world. With our new Translate(opens in a new tab or window) feature, it’s easier than ever to communicate across borders and speak your audience’s language.

Say auf wiedersehen to the time-consuming task of localizing every word in your designs. Translate will magically transform your designs at the click of a button. Gone are the days of manual translation efforts – with over 100 languages to choose from, going global has never been quicker or easier.

Simply add text to your design, pick your language, instantly convert your text, and tweak to perfection.

🎁 Gift #4 - Magic Eraser and Magic Edit

Starting today, photo edits that used to require complicated tools and time-consuming skills can now be done in a snap.

With Magic Eraser(opens in a new tab or window), you can magically remove unwanted distractions in the blink of an eye – think cluttered props on a table in a photo you’re using for social media.

Then, with Magic Edit(opens in a new tab or window), you can swap out or add an element – for example, swap a teapot for a bunch of flowers in a campaign image. Just choose where you want to place something, describe it, and watch as it appears!

🎁 Gift #5 - Beat Sync keeps you right on time

We love making complex things simple – and we know when it comes to captivating videos, music is one of the most complex and important ingredients to get right. It’s not only essential to choose a great track for your content, but to use it as dynamically as possible. That’s where Beat Sync(opens in a new tab or window) comes in.

Just select or upload the music track you want to use, then with one click, Beat Sync perfectly aligns your footage to the beat of your soundtrack – saving you a ton of time and guaranteeing a dynamic social-media-ready video in seconds.

🎁 Gift #6 - Magically generate a presentation

Skip the blank page by generating a first draft of your next Canva Presentation(opens in a new tab or window) with an outline, slides, and content. Just give Magic Design your idea in a few words and watch as it instantly and intuitively fills out your story across a professional-looking slide deck.

With your first draft all sorted, you’re ready to add your details and any personal touches. With Magic Design doing the heavy lifting, you’ll have more time to make your presentation unforgettable.

🎁 Gift #7 - More magic in Magic Write

After last year’s launch of Magic Write for Canva Docs(opens in a new tab or window), we’ve seen an incredible array of fun and unique ways our community is using this new technology to craft their thoughts. With everything from speeches to SEO-friendly blog posts, and original poems, Magic Write(opens in a new tab or window), powered by OpenAI, has really taken off.

Today, we’re excited to announce that you can now use Magic Write across the entire Visual Worksuite – that means websites, presentations, social media, whiteboards and more. From condensing a wordy website blurb to adding ideas to a strategy deck, there’s no need to switch design types to come up with your copy.

Magic Write is also now available in 18 languages, making this generative AI tool one of the first to be globally available.

🎁 Gift #8 - We’ve evolved Text to Image

With the launch of Text to Image(opens in a new tab or window) last year, working with images in Canva became more magical than ever before. Have you ever had a visual idea in your head, but couldn’t find an image representing it? Text to Image(opens in a new tab or window) lets you create unique images from a simple description in a matter of seconds.

Our community has already imagined more than 60 million images in the past four months, and today, we’re excited to introduce much higher quality outputs: we've increased the resolution of images by 16 times while reducing generation speed by around 68%.

Plus, you’ll find some exciting new styles, from analog Film for a retro flashback feel, to Retrowave to take you into a cyberpunk future.

🎁 Gift #9 - Create an Animation and bring your story to life

As video(opens in a new tab or window) becomes more and more prominent across every channel, we're making it easier to create professional and engaging videos in just a few clicks.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Create an Animation. Simply draw the path you want your animation to take, speeding it up or slowing it down along the way, then sit back and watch the magic happen. And it’s not just in videos – you can try it out in social media designs or presentations too.

Becoming the home for every brand

Behind every game-changing, category-defining, narrative-setting brand, is an incredible team of creatives and marketers.

We’re excited to unbox a new set of capabilities(opens in a new tab or window) that supercharge the impact of your marketing and creative teams like never before. These tools make it easier than ever for everyone, no matter how large the organization, to design on-brand and stand out in an increasingly visual world.

It’s a whole new way to centralize every aspect of your brand – making Canva the home for every brand.

🎁 Gift #10: Welcome to Brand Hub

Canva’s new Brand Hub brings every ingredient teams need to create on-brand designs inside Canva’s editing experience. Your brand templates, brand guidelines, fonts, graphics, logos, projects, and more will be available in one place so anyone can quickly create on-brand designs.

Meet the updated Brand Kit

Within Brand Hub, our updated Brand Kit(opens in a new tab or window) brings together all your brand ingredients, assets, controls, and workflows to help maintain consistency as your content needs grow. This is where you upload and store all your brand's core elements so they live together for your whole team to find on demand – whether it's the artworkers or the accountants.

Canva Brand Kit

Everything your teams or clients need to stay on-brand is in one beautifully organized space. Your Brand Kit can be accessed from the Canva Editor, so no matter who’s creating content, what device they’re making it on, or where, everything is right there to hand as they’re actually designing.

Brand Guidelines are your new co-pilot

You’ll also be able to add Brand Guidelines so teams instantly understand how to use – and how notto use – all the brand assets at their fingertips.

These step-by-step suggestions take the guesswork out of creating on-brand designs, surfacing intuitively as you design so you never have to go searching for the rulebook.

Collaborate seamlessly with projects, templates and controls

We’re also introducing Brand Folders where you can set up unique branding, templates and controls within specific projects, so collaboration becomes simple.

Creatives can now set Brand Controls within project folders to manage what your team can see and access in terms of fonts, colors, templates, and assets. You can also add approval workflows so your creative team can review and provide feedback on designs.

One of the most efficient ways to empower teams to stay on-brand is with the use of templates, and on that note, we’re excited to introduce the ability for you to create your very own Brand Templates. You can even add your go-to templates to your homepage for everyone to access easily.

Say goodbye to outdated assets

You have the option of starting fresh within Canva, or importing your existing files. A wide range of formats including Word, Google Docs, Powerpoints, Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF files can be imported seamlessly and transformed into editable Canva designs.

For even more peace of mind, Canva’s new Template Assistant checks the quality of your template designs and highlights potential issues so you can easily spot and correct them before you publish them for your team to use.

From small tweaks to major rebrands, our magical new asset-replacing feature makes the process of updating all of your creative assets simple, fast, and fun. Now, with one click you can update any component of your brand identity, and replace the old with new across all of your existing and new designs. Your brand will always represent your new identity – even across older documents, presentations, websites and more.

🎁 🤩 Special Bonus Gifts

Highly requested features

We know creatives often require precision and a larger breadth of tools to get their work done. Based on the top requests we've received from professional designers, we're thrilled to launch a suite of new features to take the Canva editing experience a step further, including:

  • Layers: Rearrange elements and make changes without affecting other parts of your design.
  • Layout guides: Create consistency across your brand with more control over your layouts. Make sure all elements are aligned, consistent, and in the right place. You can choose from pre-set layout guides, or create your own.
  • Gradients: Add depth and character to your design with customizable gradients.
  • Position Panel: Get precise with advanced positioning and sizing tools to reorder layers, align elements, or even out spacing.
  • Alt text: Describe what’s happening and provide extra context to remove barriers to usability while also adding SEO-friendly metadata.
  • New fonts: We’re partnering with font foundry Monotype to add 953 of the world's most popular and well-known Latin and 191 non-Latin fonts to our content library.

Thank you for designing with Canva

From speeding up the design process to supercharging the way brands and professional designers unlock the power of visual communication, the gifts we unboxed on stage at our second Canva Create mark an exciting step forward on our journey to truly empower everyone to design anything.

Thank you for using Canva to bring your ideas to life and for being part of our global design community. We can't wait to hear what you think about these new launches, and we're looking forward to unboxing even more magic over the months and years to come.

Ready to grow your brand? Learn more about our new brand management tools(opens in a new tab or window) here.