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How to Set up Your Artwork for Print in Canva

Certainly! Canva is a popular online graphic design tool known for its user-friendly interface and vast library of templates, fonts, and graphics. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up your artwork in Canva:

1. Choose Your Design Type:

  • Log in to your Canva account or sign up for a new one if you haven't already.
  • Once logged in, click on the "Create a design" button located on the homepage or dashboard.
  • Select the type of design you want to create from the list of available options. Canva offers templates for various purposes, including social media graphics, presentations, flyers, posters, and more.

2. Customize Your Canvas Size:

  • After selecting your design type, you'll be directed to the Canva editor. Here, you can customize the size of your canvas by clicking on the "Custom dimensions" button located at the top of the editor.
  • Enter the dimensions for your artwork in pixels, inches, or centimeters, depending on your preference and the requirements of your project. Alternatively, you can choose from a list of pre-defined sizes based on common design formats.

3. Add Backgrounds, Images, and Text:

  • Begin by customizing the background of your canvas. You can choose from Canva's library of background images, patterns, colors, or upload your own background image.
  • Next, add images to your design by clicking on the "Uploads" tab to upload your own images or explore Canva's extensive library of stock photos, illustrations, icons, and graphics.
  • To add text, click on the "Text" tab in the sidebar and select a text style or font from the options provided. Click on the text box on the canvas to start typing, then customize the text size, color, alignment, and other formatting options as needed.

4. Arrange and Edit Elements:

  • Arrange the elements of your design by dragging and dropping them on the canvas. Use the alignment guides that appear when moving elements to ensure proper spacing and alignment.
  • Resize, rotate, or crop images and graphics using the handles that appear when selected. You can also apply filters, adjust transparency, or add effects to enhance your visuals.
  • Use the layers panel to control the stacking order of elements in your design. Arrange elements forward or backward to control which elements appear in front of or behind others.

5. Save and Export Your Artwork:

  • Once you're satisfied with your artwork, it's time to save and export it for printing or sharing. Click on the "Download" button located at the top right corner of the editor.
  • Choose your preferred file format (PNG, JPG, PDF, etc.) and select the desired quality settings. For print projects, it's recommended to choose the highest quality settings available.
  • Click on the "Download" button again to save the file to your computer.

6. Print Your Artwork:

  • If you're printing your artwork, please make sure to contact The Print Cafe of LI to ensure that you've followed the guidelines provided by us regarding file format, resolution, color mode, and bleed settings.
  • Some print projects may require additional adjustments or preparations before printing, such as adding crop marks or adjusting the color profile. Consult with The Print Cafe of LI and refer to their guidelines for specific requirements.

With these steps, you can set up your artwork in Canva with ease, creating professional-looking designs for a variety of purposes, including print projects. Canva's intuitive interface and robust features make it a versatile tool for designers of all skill levels, allowing you to bring your creative vision to life effortlessly.

Pantone Announces the Most Popular Color Families of the Next Decade

When the Pantone Color Institute makes an announcement, you had better listen up. As the arbiter of all things color, Pantone has the authority to make grandiose assertions about color trends and forecasting that others simply can’t. They recently added 224 colors to their Pantone Formula Guide, for example, with hues chosen that reflect what they predict will be “the most popular color families of the next decade.”

That’s quite the claim, but if anyone can make it, it’s Pantone. This power is not something the company takes lightly, as they go through thorough specific processes when selecting what colors are added to the Formula Guide. “When we add new colors, we want to make sure the colors we are adding will resonate with the markets our clients are looking to engage,” the Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman, explained via email. “The consideration of how multiple industries view the colors was key, and balance was a primary factor when selecting the colors to be added. To ensure we are adding the right colors, the Pantone Color Institute team of global color experts are brought into this process.” 

“The selection process takes into consideration the general direction and movement of color trends by color family, and the needs of the industries of those we currently serve and those we would like to better impact,” Pressman continued. “In addition to working with our trend team at the Pantone Color Institute, we consult with our globally based color forecasting partners, solicit the input from some of our key customers around the globe, and look at highlighted colors from key trade shows worldwide.” 

The color trends that Pressman and the rest of the Pantone team identify are reflective of greater movements across design industries and beyond. “Color is a living language that expresses what is taking place in the culture,” said Pressman. “Whenever we add new colors, it is always with our design community clients in mind. Color direction is influenced by many elements including demographics, geographical location, climate, new lifestyles and play styles, and cultural and social influences. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color.” 

With all of this in mind, Pantone unveiled a slew of carefully selected oranges, yellows, reds, pinks, browns, blues, purples, greens, and grays in the Formula Guide, each chosen for their ability to provide designers with the most sought-after shades. Pantone found that the desire for spicier and deeper shades of orange has grown, for example. As a result, they added hot and radiant orange tones, an assortment of spicy shades with greater color depth, more toned-down hues suffused with brown, and a variety of coral, softer peach, and apricot hues. 

Pantone also identified a growing predilection for more luxurious neutrals in the brown family. Thus they added brown shades with more color depth and versatility, like golden-browns, and those with red-based undertones, along with robust coffee, mocha browns, and several warmer, classic camel tones tap into the rising popularity of khaki and taupe. 

Our society’s necessary focus on the environment, health, and green living has contributed to a spike in green hues. As such, additions like earthy, warm yellow greens, true green shades, deep blue-influenced greens, grayed-down, blue-based greens, celery green tones, and citrusy, energetic yellow-green hues were also made to the Formula Guide. 

Purple tones continue their tenure as a perennial favorite, so Pantone added vibrant, red-based purples, several grayish purple with blue undertones, an array of softer mid-tones, and some more mystical, smokey violet purples.