One of the best ways to tell your brand story online in a compelling way is through incorporating visual content in your marketing.

It’s been proven scientifically that our brains (and our customers) respond to visuals better than plain text. Why else do you think emojis are so huge?!

Here’s why:

 

Benefits of using visuals in contentmartketing

  • Our brains process visual info 60,000 times FASTER than plain text.
  • 90% of information that gets transmitted to the brain is visual
  • You’ll likely get 94% more views on your content if you incorporate compelling visuals
  • The probability of you increasing lead generation goes up 60% by including visuals in your content.

It’s really a no-brainer. Great visuals in your content allows you to solidify your branding (helping you tell your brand story better), allows you to better connect with your audience, and makes it easier to compel them to take a desired action (ideally, buying from you).

So, if you’re anything like me – NOT a graphic designer – but still a lover of great visual content AND balling on a budget, then you likely have heard about or even use Canva.

I’ve waxed poetic on this ahhh-mazingly easy-to-use design tool before.I love canva

But now, as a veteran, power user, I’ve figured out some awesome, yet relatively hidden shortcuts that save you time, frustration and headache when creating your own graphics.

You ready for ’em?

Your Canva Shortcuts

1. To make gridlines visible, hit: command (or control key) + ;

Who knew there were even gridlines in Canva?! When I discovered this, it changed the game. It took the guesswork out of whether my elements were aligned and helped me better place them in my design. You’ll definitely be using this one quite a bit, I’m sure.

Canva designs

2. To create a border around your text, hit: option (or Alt) + shift + B

Before I got hip to this shortcut, I would waste minutes searching Canva for just a plain box to enclose my text. I NEVER found anything I wanted because the boxes were never just plain and I’d give up. Enter, the text border = Life. Given. Here’s what it looks like:

Canva text border

3. To quickly toggle between making your text all uppercaser/lowercase, hit: command (or control) + shift + K

Reduce the amount of clicks you have to make while designing and use this shortcut to make everything uppercase…or lowercase. Say goodbye to retyping the same text…just in a different case. Canva really is everything. 

4. To quickly select everything in your design, hit: command (or control) + A

This is especially helpful when you need to move everything at once without having to realign single elements in your design. Thank goodness!

Select All Canva

Hopefully, you’ll find these shortcuts useful and they’ll help you create even better visual content faster!

Tell me: Do you use Canva? What are some other hacks you’ve found?

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