Creating a DukeFlyer with Canva

What is Canva?

Canva is an online graphic design software package that allows you to quickly and easily design flyers and posters and more.  The URL to access it is:
IMPORTANT: Canva should only be used for materials classified as "Public" per the Duke Data Standard.

Step 1: Create an Account

You can create an account to access this system or sign in with an existing account (either Facebook or Google). Second factor or MFA authentication options are available under account settings and should be enabled. 

Step 2:  Set Custom Dimensions

Signs for DukeFlyer must be 1920 X 1080. In Canva, you have to set this BEFORE you start designing your slide.  It CANNOT be changed after you design your slide.

  1. Click the Create a design button in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Click the Custom size button at the bottom of the pop-up menu.
  3. Enter 1920 in the first box, 1080 in the second box (leave "px" selected). 
  4. Click Create new design


Step 3:  Name the File

  1. Click the box with "Untitled design" at the top of the page.
  2. Type in a file name for your sign and hit "return". 

NOTE:  Canva autosaves your file regularly. You can also go to File > Save.

Step 4:  Design Your Slide

  • Search – Use Search to search for graphics and clip art. NOTE: Some are free, some are for fee.
  • Templates – Select templates.
  • Elements – Grids, Frames, Lines, Shapes & more.
  • Upload – Use your own photos or graphics! 
  • Text – Headings, Subheadings, Body Text
  • ... More – Select backgrounds, styles, etc. 


Step 5:  Download Your Slide

  1. Click FileDownload.
  2. Select the file type. PNG or JPG will work.
  3. Click Download.


Article number: KB0025620

Valid to: July 31, 2024