Canva is a website with drag-n-drop tools enabling you to easily create your own graphics to post on social media, add to your website and calendar events, submit to the campus digital signs, and more. The Digital Communications team can add department users by request. Contact Willa Jarnagin to learn more.
We’ve created a digital version of our Visual Identity Toolkit (VIT) inside Canva, providing you with instant access to our official fonts and graphics, including Mammoth logos, wordmarks, seals, and more. To request your own departmental Amherst graphics, visit our VIT and submit your request.
You can use Canva for informal print pieces, such as flyers or small posters. Be sure to download your finished piece as a PDF, not a PNG, in order to preserve the font sharpness. Be aware that the images might not print sharply, so your results will vary. For professional print pieces in which you need high-resolution images, stick with InDesign.
If you’ve already been using Canva under a personal email address and would like to move your designs into your new Amherst Canva team account, follow these instructions.
When you log in to Canva, you’ll land on the homepage. From here, you’ll be able to select a type of design you would like to start with, see your current designs, or view templates and other elements that have been shared with you.
Once you create a design, you can access it again from the homepage, either from “Your designs” on the main page or from “All your designs” in the left nav menu. This menu allows you to navigate to the Amherst brand kit, design folders, team stream, and account settings.
We’ve provided a variety of templates within Canva, which you can use and change as you need.
Logos includes wordmarks, logos and seals in a variety of colors to use on different backgrounds.
Campus Photos includes official campus images from our Photoshelter archive.
Seasonal and Campus Art are seasonal and holiday images.
Social icons are icons that have been sized to use on social media posts.
(Note: You can also upload photos to your own folder. Browse thousands of Amherst photos at Amherst.edu/go/photolibrary. To upload an image, go to the Uploads folder in the content creator/editing view left nav. You can either drag the image into the folder or select an image using the “Upload an image” option.)
You can also use one of Canva’s templates if you need a more specific design. From the Canva homepage, you can either use the search bar to look for a design or select a category from the Create a design options menu.
When starting with a non-Amherst created template, none of the Amherst-specific colors, fonts, or other graphic elements will be included. To create a design that’s inline with the Amherst VIT, you can find Amherst’s design elements within Canva’s design tools.
Undo: To undo any steps at any time, click “Undo” in the top menu or press Command-z or Control-z on your keyboard.
Add New Text: To add more text areas, click “TEXT” in the left column. Use the “brand fonts” to get Amherst’s official typefaces. Click or drag a headline to add it to your design.
Center or Align: Canva makes it easy to center content. As you’re dragging a headline or image, you’ll see a dotted line pop up when the item is centered.
Add a Shape: To add a box or other shape, go to “ELEMENTS” in the left column and choose “Shapes.”
Change a Color: Select the shape or text, then choose a color from the palette, via the color button. The palette includes all our Amherst screen colors.
Resize an Image: When adding a graphic, such as a Mammoth logo, it will likely be too large by default. Select the image and drag a corner to resize it.
Finesse Your Type: The Setimo font has wide spacing between the letters by default, which is fine for small type, but should be adjusted for headlines. The spacing has already been adjusted in the provided headlines within the Amherst templates, but if you’re adding a new Setimo headline, select the text and reduce the spacing via the menu.
Download Your Finished Graphic: When you’ve finished your design, click “Download” in the top menu to save your graphic:
When logged in to Canva, you will see a small “Help?” icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on this button brings up Canva’s help window. You can type questions directly into Canva’s search bar or use the item tree to find what you’re looking for.
Images—especially those with text in them—must always be made accessible to people with visual impairments or other disabilities.