In my internet business these days, I’m all about working smarter, not harder (can I get an amen?!).
And so, after switching between Photoshop, InDesign, and Canva for far too long, I eventually made the decision that it was time to totally dedicate myself to just one design application for all of my online business visuals.
Canva was also used.
Yes, I am aware of your thoughts. “Hold on, Fal… If you’re using Canva, then you’re not a true designer.
Well, I am, in fact. Insane improvements that allow me to 10x my content production and design workflow were also released with Canva 2.0 and Canva Pro, making it a no-brainer to sever all previous links with complex design software.
After all of that, check out my must-know Canva tips, tactics, and design hacks below to 10x your content creation workflow and free up more time for the important things in your online business.
A brief aside before we get started…
I’m sorry to all my friends on the free plan, but the majority of the capabilities in this article are only available to Canva Pro customers.
However, I pledge to provide positive news;)
You’ll discover the following Canva hints in this article:
- To make animated GIFs, use Canva Animator!
- Use Canva Magic Resize .
- To maintain consistency in your branding and design graphics, use Canva Brand Kit.
- To proportionally scale elements, press Alt and drag.
- Keyboard shortcuts for Canva that you absolutely must know will cut your clicks in half.
1 . To make animated GIFs, use Canva Animator.
For animated GIF creation, use Canva Animator.
OK I must admit that until writing this piece, I had never actually used the Canva Animator (sorry!).
Although I had created several GIF animations with Photoshop, for some reason I was completely unaware of the number of GIF/video options that Canva had made available with their Pro plan.
So I gave the Animator a try, and let me tell you, I’m addicted!
However, I must admit that there were a few problems with GIF file size that I encountered. You can choose from the following choices when exporting your GIF:
With the exception of the arrow sticker (seen below), there were no moving parts in the “basic” GIF animation, and I had no problems with the export. The file was approximately 220 kb in size.
But when I used the “Block” animation option to export the same GIF, the file size was enormous (I’m talking about around 800kb).
So, this is what I did: I exported the GIF as usual.
The file was then compressed using EZGif.com’s GIF Optimizer. By selecting “Remove every third frame,” I removed a few of the frames.
Then I selected “Lossy GIF” and set the compression to 80…
… and I was successful in reducing its size to about 250kb—not bad!
2. Using Canva Magic Resize
Consequently, Canva Magic Resize is pretty much the greatest invention since bread…
Because if you’ve ever created a visual template (which I’m sure you have), you are aware of the time lost when having to redesign images to fit various platforms.
Thank goodness, Canva Pro’s Magic Resize tool takes care of that issue for us!
In a word, the application allows you to batch-resize your visuals to fit different, pre-set formats (see below for a visual reference!).
This eliminates the need for you to spend many hours looking for the most recent aspect ratios for social media platforms.
… and it also means that you can resize layouts with a single click to accommodate all of your favourite platforms! #ThankYouCanva
3. Brand Kit from Canva
While templates are a great place to start, you should definitely alter them to fit YOUR brand.
Additionally, you may save a tonne of time during the design process by using the new Canva brand kit function. You will have quick access to your brand imagery, Canva fonts, and colour swatches.
See how practical it is? This wonderful little function is available on the main page of your Canva (Pro) account!
I adore the Brand Kit because it enables you to always maintain consistency with your design graphics (yep—even if you’re hiring a designer!).
4.To proportionally scale elements, press Alt and drag.
… but I felt that this one in particular, which I honestly use so much in my creative process, deserved its own little home.
Therefore, you may drag your design pieces out to scale them appropriately while holding the ALT key, just like with Adobe products.
To scale elements, you can either use the side handles or the corner handles.
However, seeing things in motion is always preferable, so take a look at my tiny GIF below to discover the shortcut for yourself.
The element’s dimensions will be preserved if you simply drag out on one of the element’s corners.
…the element simply won’t scale outward from the centre like it does in the GIF above.
5. Keyboard shortcuts for Canva that you absolutely must know will cut your clicks in half..
Despite the fact that I actually know a tonne of keyboard shortcuts, I’ll keep the lengthy list for a different post and instead share the ones I use the most frequently:
To your document, add the following line: Press the “L” key.
To your document, add a rectangle: Press the “R” key.
Shift + cmd/ctrl + “K” key will change all text to uppercase.
Ctrl/Cmd + “B” key to make text bold
Ctrl + “D” for duplicate elements
Cmd/Ctrl + “G” for group elements
Shift + Ctrl + “G” to ungroup elements
Pick up everything on the layer: Ctrl/Cmd + “A” key
CMD/Ctrl + “+” key to enlarge
cmd/ctrl + “-” key to zoom out
CMD/Ctrl + “]” to send an element ahead
CMD/Ctrl + “[” to send an element backward Want some pictures as examples? View my list of the best Canva keyboard shortcuts to speed up your DIY commercial graphics creation!
Financial Advice for Young Adults
The younger you are, the more time your money has to grow.
It’s a shame that most high schools don’t offer a course called “Finance for Young Adults,” as this deprives many young people of the knowledge they need to manage their finances, apply for credit, and stay out of debt. Despite some progress—by 2022, having completed a personal finance course will be required in 23 U.S. states for high school graduation, and in 25 additional states—there are still large knowledge gaps in this age group.
Young adults must also learn important financial lessons throughout the crucial years following high school, but at least a fraction of the next generation should benefit from basic economic and financial education in high schools. Learn more about how to start handling your funds in your financial life right immediately.
The earlier you start learning how to manage your money, the better your chances are of being financially successful throughout your life.
There are eight actions you can take right away if you’re just getting started in order to safeguard your financial stability, begin saving, and amass wealth over the course of your lifetime.
1. Use cash instead of credit.
2. Learn about your finances.
3. Learn to budget.
4. Get an emergency fund going.
5. Start saving for retirement early.
1. Use cash instead of credit and exercise restraint.
If you’re lucky, when you were younger your parents taught you the value of temperance. If not, keep in mind that the sooner you form the habit of managing your own cash, the sooner you will gain the critical life skill of delaying satisfying your desires.
In order to practise financial restraint, one of the most important strategies is also one of the simplest. If you wait to make any regular purchases until you have enough money saved up, you can use a debit card instead of a credit card.
Unless you can afford to pay the balance in full each month, which will be deducted from your checking account immediately, a credit card is actually a high-interest loan (and without any additional fees).
If you develop the risky habit of charging everything you buy, you might end up still having to pay for a pair of jeans or a box of cereal in ten years in addition to the interest you would have paid.
Credit cards are undoubtedly helpful; some of them have excellent rewards, and using them responsibly can help you increase your credit score. The key is to use them to your advantage rather than the lender’s, who profits from your bad habit of accumulating interest-bearing balances. Use credit cards only in an emergency, and make sure to pay the balance in full when the bill arrives. Furthermore, avoid accepting every credit offer that comes your way and carry more cards than you can manage.
2. Learn about your finances.
If you don’t learn how to manage your money, others will find ways to do it for you. Some of them, such as deceptive financial planners, may have malicious intent. Others may have the best intentions but may be unaware of your situation, such as relatives who offer general advice on the value of owning a home even if the only way you can currently afford to do so is through a risky adjustable-rate mortgage.
Rather than relying on unqualified strangers for advice, take control of your financial future by reading a few basic books on personal finance. Maintain your course once you’ve gathered the necessary information.
3. Learn to budget.
After reading a few personal finance books, you will understand the significance of two rules that every personal finance counselor repeats. Maintain constant awareness of where your money is going and avoid allowing your spending to exceed your revenue. The best ways to accomplish this are to budget and create a personal spending plan to keep track of your income and expenses. Realizing how much it costs to get coffee from a barista every morning for a month can be a helpful wake-up call once you start keeping track of how much money you spend. Small changes to your regular expenses, such as brewing coffee at home, are entirely within your control and can have the same impact on your financial situation as a pay raise, which is mostly out of your boss’s hands.
Over time, you can save even more money by trying to keep your bigger monthly expenses, such as rent, as low as feasible. Even if you can currently afford a luxurious apartment, selecting a more basic residence and saving the money you save could enable you to purchase a home or condominium far sooner than your high-rent friends.
4. Get an emergency fund going.
Setting up money for unforeseen costs and future expenses is referred to as paying yourself first. One of the most popular proverbs in personal finance is this one. This simple technique not only helps you stay debt-free but also makes it easier to fall asleep. No matter how much you owe in student loans or credit card debt or how little money you make each month, there are ways to put at least some of your monthly salary into an emergency fund.
Additionally, if you develop the practice of routinely setting money aside for savings, you will stop thinking of saving as an option and instead start thinking of it as a necessary monthly investment.
5. Start saving for retirement early.
Just like your parents sent you off to kindergarten to prepare you for success in a world that seemed to exist in the distant past, you need to start making plans for your retirement right away.
A fantastic way to get started in the right direction is to educate yourself on the wonder (and, some might argue, power) of compound interest. When you do, it will be clear why you should begin saving as soon as possible for retirement. Simply explained, compound interest is “interest on interest,” meaning that in addition to the principal (the money you put in), you will also get interested in the interest (the money the bank pays you for holding your principal).
Particularly excellent options include retirement programmes provided by your employer. Many employers will match a portion of your gift, essentially giving it to you for free. You can contribute pretax money, which lowers your income tax. Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have lower contribution caps than 401(k)s, but if you’re fortunate enough to have access to one, you’re already one step closer to financial stability.
Don’t lose hope if you can’t use the company plan. Retirement plans can be made in a variety of ways for self-employed individuals.
How To Avoid Sleep While Studying
Exam season may be a stressful time. The body suffers from physical and mental stress, but it hardly ever has time to rest. The priority is studying over unwinding. However, you are concerned about getting sleepy every time you lie down to study.
Those who have achieved high rankings frequently discuss their abilities to study while awake. However, skipping sleep is not advised. You can function better during the day if you have a good night’s sleep. It aids in information retention and long-term memory building. How then do you stay awake
Like every other student, you might be getting ready for your impending examinations. Your study materials are all set to go. Perhaps you also have coffee and snacks. Even though you have all you need, you occasionally feel sleepy for no apparent reason. Therefore, we’ve listed some advice that will help you study for a long time.
Keep your study room well lighted
The largest error most students do is studying in a room with only a table lamp lit, leaving a large portion of the space dark and encouraging a cosy atmosphere that gradually increases your desire to retire to that seductive bed in the dark room. Keep your space bright and well-lit to prevent such a cosy situation.
Sit in a chair, not on the bed
While studying for a lengthy period of time, your seating position also counts a lot. Attempt to take a seat at a table in front of you and on a chair with a back support. While studying, it will keep you engaged and awake. On the other side, if you lie in bed as you study, you might fall into a sluggish state and finally feel drowsy. Make sure to move your body parts at periodic intervals while seated on the chair to avoid going into dormancy.
Avoid heavy meals
Everyone has experienced the sluggish feeling that follows a meal, and no one can avoid it if they have to study while in this state. In reality, you are stuffed and relaxed after a large dinner, and you are straining to keep your eyelids open. The lethargy that follows a large diet reduces the power of retention. Additionally, hitting the bed is more likely when you feel sluggish. Don’t, however, believe that you will have to starve yourself to avoid this sluggishness. Instead, have breakfast and choose small meals throughout the day.
Drink lots of water
Here, drinking water is advised in order to stay attentive and stay hydrated. Actually, the majority of students use this technique since it is the most effective one. When you consume a lot of water, you’ll need to go to the bathroom frequently to urinate, which will keep you active and awake. Additionally, drinking enough water helps keep the brain hydrated, which improves memory and retention.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep:
A nighttime regimen is necessary to guarantee a restful night’s sleep. Every night, we need to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep cycles to refuel our bodies. Both more and less sleep interfere with the natural sleep cycle and reduce daytime productivity.
Turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime to signal to the brain that it is time to sleep. Setting a sleep plan that will guarantee getting enough sleep each night will be made easier by sleeping and awakening at the same time.
Daytime power naps keep you awake and keep you from dozing off as you study. Power naps are the ideal way to make up for missed sleep and be refreshed in a matter of minutes if you find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep while studying for examinations.
Make sure the power nap is only 15 to 20 minutes long; any more than that will make you feel more sleepy.
Start a Healthy Diet:
A well-balanced meal full of fresh produce, healthy grains, nuts, and legumes keeps you feeling energised and alert all day.
harmful fat-filled foods that make you drowsy and lethargic A balanced lunch boosts productivity and offers enough energy thanks to all the essential elements.
When studying, high-protein granola bars, fruits, raw vegetables, or almonds are the best snacks. These are the ideal snacks because they give you energy up until mealtime and maintain your alertness.
Did you realise that a dehydrated brain shrinks? Therefore, it’s crucial to stay hydrated throughout the day, particularly during exams when you could lose track of time and forget to drink enough water. Every day, consume 2 litres, or 6 to 8 glasses, of water. Set the alarm on your smartphone to remember you to drink the water every half-hour or hour, depending on the weather, if you have trouble remembering.
Study Somewhere That’s Not Too Comfortable
You will drowse more if you are overly calm. Sit erect in a strong desk chair rather than hunched over just few pillows in your bed or hiding under a cover on your sofa. There is no need to feel uneasy, but try to avoid getting too comfortable while working. Make a designated study space if you want to do your homework at home. Your home may have a corner with such a desk, chair, or kitchen for it. Any location where you can focus without feeling too comfortable is good!
Avoid studying difficult topics at night
You will feel extra lethargic if you are starting to learn difficult information or tackle complex problems late at night. Try to stick to basic and light themes for your midnight coursework. Save the challenging aspects for the daytime, when your mind and body are more alert and energized.
Best Super-Luxury Cars of 2022: Top 10
What is the world’s best limousine, if money were no object? Here is our guide to the best super-luxury products.
Only the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive, and ultra-luxurious make it into Autocar’s super-luxury chart, which includes the best of the best on four wheels.
A few of the most elegant and desired SUVs in the world make the cut, but the majority of the competitors are limousine saloons that are bigger than the typical three-bedroom semi-detached house.
If you want the very height of wealth, elegance, sense of occasion, and conferred status from your choice of car, you’ll be entering this market category.
Consequently, if you like the concept of being driven around like Lord Sugar in a car that is so unique that it makes you feel 10 feet tall and you have the means to enjoy the best that life has to offer, then lucky you. This is what your driver needs to order.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom
In 2017, a Rolls-Royce model took the spot of the largest and most sumptuous luxury automobile. Our road testers quickly greeted it with a flawless five-star road test.
Owners will enjoy it just as much due to its opulent assertion of wealth and status as well as the unmatched sense of occasion you get while riding in one.
The car’s large-rimmed steering wheel’s precision feel and perfect weight, ease with which such a large vehicle can be parked, tolerance for whatever speed suits your trip, supreme refinement and adaptability of its V12 engine, and progressiveness of its throttle pedal on step-off are all impressive, though.
2. Rolls-Royce Ghost
When the Ghost made its debut in 2009, Rolls-Royce drew a boundary. It marked the start of a change that increased the company’s annual production volume from a few hundred cars to several thousand.
As it enters its second generation, the apparent heir to the Phantom has undergone major modification. Previously adapted from the BMW 7 Series mechanical underpinnings, the Ghost now shares the Cullinan and Phantom’s Architecture of Luxury platform. Other improvements, such as the front suspension dampers from Rolls-Royce and the active anti-roll bar for the rear axle help to bring ride quality even closer to that of the Phantom.
The Phantom is very much a car to be driven, whereas the Ghost was built as a car for the rich driver, and its dynamic character reflects that. It lends itself more readily to the cut and thrust of daily driving on congested UK highways than its larger brother because it rides somewhat more tautly and is more nimble (partly due to its more compact size).
3. Flying Spur Bentley
Starting out as the Continental Flying Spur in 2006, Bentley’s four-door “Continental”-series limousine only dropped the nomenclature prefix that links it to Crewe’s current two-door GT with its most significant model update to date in 2014.
But it’s easy to tell that the Flying Spur is now in its third generation by looking at the prouder, more muscular design, which significantly imitates the most recent, handsome Continental GT coupé. A new platform that was co-developed with Porsche and incorporates four-wheel steering and dynamic anti-roll bars greatly enhance the performance of Crewe’s “junior” saloon as well. It also enhances the cabin’s separation from the road and creates the foundation for very exceptional driving dynamics.
4. S-Class Mercedes-Maybach
The current standard-bearer for Daimler’s Maybach super-luxury brand is the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. In what may be the most widely regarded and admired limousine line in the entire world, it is the priciest and most remarkable car.
Outwardly speaking, you might mistake it for an S-Class rather than a Maybach. This is the result of Daimler’s strategic decision, made a few years ago, to expand the brand’s appeal by adding “halo” Maybach models to some of its more mainstream Mercedes passenger car lineups.
Although the UK will also receive the 496bhp 4.0-liter V8 S580, the flagship S650 model’s 603bhp twin-turbocharged petrol V12 is hardly audible, and its commitment to comfort and good manners is outstanding.
5. Cullinan Rolls-Royce
In response to a substantial amount of Rolls-Royce customers’ input that a more daily-usable, all-surface competent, family-practical model would be a very welcome way to expand the company’s showroom range, Goodwood’s Marmite entry to the super-luxury market debuted in 2018.
This car’s interior has just as much to admire about it as it has to dislike about either the concept or how it looks. This is a genuine Rolls-Royce, and its dynamic characteristics include exceptional mechanical refinement, unmatched ride comfort, and superb maneuverability.
While towing capacity is currently constrained at 2.6 tonnes, the Cullinan has all the off-road aptitude that many owners are likely to need thanks to height-adjustable air suspension and four-wheel drive from the BMW lineup.
6. Bentley Bentayga
Being the first of several £100,000-plus super-SUVs to hit the market in 2016, we initially gave it a high rating, with a few caveats, in W12 engine form. We then gave it an even higher rating when Bentley introduced a 4.0-liter, 429bhp turbocharged diesel V8 in 2017 that was sourced from Audi and produced an identical amount of torque to the 12-cylinder petrol motor but at more manageable crank speeds.
Then, in 2018, a V8 petrol model expanded the model range, and in 2019, a plug-in hybrid variant was introduced amid the growing toxicity surrounding diesel engines. The Speed, a 626bhp, £188,030 ode to excess, is now available, and it was available before the entire line received an upgrade for 2020.
7. Range Rover
The first luxury SUV is currently in its fifth generation, and the most recent completely new model is without a doubt the best. Although the Range Rover’s appearance is an extension of that of its forerunner, it is still a substantial piece of metal, and thoughtful details like the narrow rear lamps add genuine visual intrigue. It has the brand’s aluminum MLA-Flex architecture under the skin, a variety of somewhat hybrid-aided gasoline and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid, and, for the pinnacle of performance and elegance, a 523 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine from BMW.
While no competitor is as skilled when getting their wheels filthy, the car handles with exceptional composure and tautness when moving quickly thanks to active anti-roll bars. The legendary Range Rover continues to perform well nearly 50 years after the initial, ground-breaking model.
8. BMW iX
The BMW iX is the most powerful, graceful, and adaptable all-electric super-luxury vehicle that we have seen so far, despite the slow pace of development of such vehicles. The outward styling of this full-size SUV is debatable, and to some, it may not even be seen as attractive.
The middle-sitting iX xDrive50 variant, one of many models offered, boasts more than 500 horsepower, four-wheel drive, and a stated range of more than 300 miles. The M60 flagship variant has 600 electric horses available as well.
9. Alpina B7
Do not be deceived by the BMW badge on the Alpina B7’s long hood if exclusivity is what you seek. Perhaps only the Mercedes-Maybach is as unlikely to heave into your view on public roads as all the really rare and exceptional automobiles on our list, and the normal Price after options for the B7 is close to £200,000, which reflects that.
As usual with Alpina, its take on a BMW model in series production has two sides. On paper, the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8’s 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque mean the B7 serves as a direct rival to the M7 BMW won’t produce.
The only vehicle that even comes close to it in terms of versatility is Bentley’s Continental Flying Spur.
10.Mercedes-AMG EQS 53
Mercedes’ first attempt at a high-end EV saloon isn’t without ambition, as evidenced by its swoopy coupé-style styling and the availability of a powerful 751bhp dual-motor combination. It has the endurance you would anticipate for a long-distance limousine, too, with a stated range just north of 350 miles, thanks to a huge 107.8kWh battery.
Performance is astounding; even the “lesser” 649bhp version we tested managed to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds.
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