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Canva: Those templates rock!

My buddies know that Canva is one of my true desert-island digital tools. I’ve long loved the tutorials, the photo editor, the color palette generator, the font combinations matchmaker, and all those lovely images and templates for banners and that staggeringly huge library of graphic elements.

And while I’ve use so many of those millions of graphics to build designs, duh!

I can’t believe I missed the full list of templates.  In fact, I didn’t even realize you could begin on the design templates page, instead of your login homepage.  Luckily, Canva’s, Community Outreach Specialist, Danviel Jae Mendoza Villarte reached out to share that the templates have been around for about two years now.

We’ve put together this resource because our users found it useful.  These are simple, ready-to-use templates within a drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use.

Design Community members have contributed their own designs and those designs live in wide range of categories. Find a template you like and click on edit to customize it for your own needs.

So, in addition to all that web graphic goodness, users can now avoid reinventing wheels when they attack making those everyday products we need so desperately in our schools and libraries.

Among many other templates, you will find these:

Note: A new Team feature allows for project collaboration with up to ten participants and design projects may now be easily shared on social media and embedded on websites.  Canva is available as a web tool or as an iPad or an iPhone app.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Mary Clark says

    Thanks for sharing this, Joyce! I just used the music genre template to quickly create an infographic of the most popular genres and top titles in our library. So easy when using a template!

  2. Andrea L says

    Great info, Joyce!

    I’ve been using Canva for about a year for various library displays, signage and such. I don’t know how I missed the templates, but thank goodness you went and explored in greater detail.

  3. Stefanie Halliday says

    I love Canva and even used it to design my resume. I recently presented a session on infographics and mentioned Canva as one of the tools that I use. I want to use it more with students, but I often run into the problem of the icons costing. I know that there are some that are free, but I often run into an issue where students search for something and there may be 1 illustration that’s free, but most cost. Examples of images that we needed recently include cupcakes and puppies/dogs. I understand that Canva needs to make money, I just find the free icons somewhat limiting when it comes to student use. Maybe I am missing something?

    • Joyce Valenza Joyce Valenza says

      Right. I often combine my favorite CC0 sources with Canva, uploading what I need in advance. For my own use those more-than-a-million image choices, each for $1, are pretty darn sweet.

    • Mary Clark says

      Stephanie, I’m not sure what grades you work with, but for elementary students, Photos for Class would have images you could upload. I use Pixabay and Unsplash with my middle school students. You can build a great lesson on how to find and cite images, and for older students, a place where they can share images, too. My students were fascinated when I did a reverse image Google search on a photo I uploaded to Pixabay and saw my photo had been used all over the world.

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