If you’re building your own business or working on social media, chances are you’ve heard of Canva. It’s a do-it-yourself design platform that has taken the world by storm, with more than 50 million people using it every month to create graphics and other visuals.
Today we are excited to share that you can now use Canva and Buffer together to create and publish posts on social media, without leaving Buffer. In one place, you get the best of Canvin’s design features and the best of Buffer’s social publishing features. Hooray!
Before I deal with the way integration works, I would like to share a little more about why we love Canva and why it made sense for us to add this integration.
Allows you to share great content faster
Clipboard users already use Canva to design images and graphics for their social channels, taking advantage of the 14,000+ social post templates that Canva offers. Why not speed up the insertion of these designs into the tampon? With this integration, you will no longer have to download images from Canva and then upload them to the clipboard. You can now add them directly to the Buffer post with just a few clicks.
Keeping it user-friendly and accessible
Canva’s mission is to empower everyone to design, no matter how much real design experience you have. When we talk to our clients, we often hear that they love to use both Buffer and Canva because both tools are easy to use, intuitive and affordable. We are thrilled to be able to assemble these tools to create a simplified process for everyone, regardless of your level of knowledge.
Growth and innovation
Canva is growing fast and adding many amazing new features to its design platform. We are thrilled to be able to introduce new features to Buffer through this new integration.
Creating content is one of the most difficult and time consuming parts of any marketer’s life, especially if you wear a lot of hats while trying to grow your business. Canva is the savior of life for visual content without the help of a designer. We couldn’t be more excited about adding Canva to the tampon.
A closer look at Buffer’s new Canva integration
Canva is available for all plans, including our free plan, and is very easy to get started. If you do not have a Canva account, you must first create one on Canva.com. If you have a Canva account, you just need to make sure you are logged in while using Buffer.
Creating a new Canva design in Buffer
Canva’s new integration is built into the Buffer publishing experience. When you open the Buffer composer to create a new post and use the Add Image button, you will now see a new drop-down menu with the option to add an image from Canva. Selecting this option opens the Canva editor where you can create your own image and add it directly to the clipboard.
The clipboard will automatically detect the appropriate image dimensions, based on the channel you selected in the composer.
These are the default sizes:
- Facebook: 940 x 788
- Instagram Post: 1080 x 1080
- Instagram story: 1080 x 1920
- Twitter: 1600 x 900
- LinkedIn: 1200 x 627
- Pinterest: 1000 x 1500
If you compose a post for multiple social platforms at once, for example, Instagram and Twitter, the image dimensions are set to a square of 1080 x 1080. This is the most compatible size on all social platforms.
Import an existing Canva design to the clipboard
If you already have existing designs in your Canva library, you can add them to Buffer as well. When you use integration for the first time, you will need to click on Folders in the menu on the left, then All your designs. This will add it to the menu for future use.
For more details on setup, feel free to read our Help Center guide.
Design tips and resources with Canva
One of the best things about Canva is that it is easy to download and use right away. You don’t need any formal design training; made for non-designers. However, if you are looking for help to get started, Canva offers excellent guides in their design school.
They also offer courses on creating social media content. Mastering social media is popular, it already has more than 140,000 students.
We would love your feedback!
Canva is available at all buffer plans today and we would love to know what you think. Share your thoughts with us on social media and don’t forget to tag @buffer!
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