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Tutorial: Fantastic Digital Signage Designs with Canva

By 15. December 2016 29. June 2017General, Tutorials/How to
Tutorial How to Design Digital Signage Templates

The topic of how to design Digital Signage Templates can be really extensive. Typography, images, and colors are components, that have a big impact on the layout. We have discussed some of this in the past. Aside from these components, in the end, it’s the design programs that decide over success or failure.

We talked about different design tools in another blog post, where we also mentioned a program called Canva. Today we want to show you why over 13 million users are already loving this software. Just try it out and integrate your designs in our free digital signage software viewneo.

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1/ Registration

Right from the start, it’s clear: this program is all about being user-friendly. Canva offers three ways to sign up. With only one click on the Facebook button, you are instantly signed up, and there is no need to fill out the endless boxes. The same goes for using your Google account. User experience: amazing.

Just when it comes registration via e-mail some data is required. But after typing into four boxes you already made it! Administrative work at a reasonable minimum.

Canva Tutorial for Digital Signage Content Creation

2/ Choosing a Format

Your Digital Signage design depends on your screen resolution. Canva offers pre-defined settings so that you can select the correct size right away. This helps to make sure that later on, none of your content will be cut off by accident. The sizes can be set in pixel, inches or millimeter.

If your screen can play HD content, you can select a layout with 1920 x 1080 pixel, or 1080 x 1920 pixel, if you’re going for an upright layout.

Canva Tutorial, Create Your Digital Signage Content

3/ Defining the Basic Layout

Next, you can choose how your Digital Signage Design layout should be. Canva has a lot of different templates. Pick one on the left and it will appear in your workspace.

Now you can look for images by typing any keyword into the search bar, like “sunrise”. Immediately Canva will show you all available images that fit your keyword. The program makes it really easy to add any image: just drag and drop an image you like and it will be automatically fitted to the area in your layout that you dropped it into. Canva will show you images that are free of charge, but also images that will cost a fee to use, usually around one euro.

Canva Software Creating Digital Signage Content

4/ Image Editing

After you dropped the images you like into your layout, you can edit them in different ways. Next, to different filters, you can also change the transparency of the image, mirror and scale it. You also have the ability to move objects to different layers and place them on top of each other. You could even move an image halfway off the page and only show part of it.

While looking for images it becomes pretty clear that beauty doesn’t come cheap. Even though Canva has a great selection of most keywords, most of them have a price. The ones that are not free of charge have a watermark.

The final cost will be determined at the end when you chose if you want to purchase an image for 24 hours or for an unlimited time. A third option is that you are allowed to resell the images yourself. So be careful when you select and purchase your images. Of course, your other option is to upload your own images, if you have them.

Screenshot of editing Canva Layouts

5/ Fonts and Other Elements

The complete your layout, Canva offers additional features. There are different symbols, diagrams, and icons that you can find on the left. With there you can create amazing designs with little design experience. There is also another great feature: you can upload and use your own fonts, images, and even pictures straight from Facebook.

If you are working within corporate design elements, you will love this feature, because you can stick to your corporate identity.

Screenshot Editing Typographie in Canva

6/ Save and Use

While you are working on your design, Canva saves it in real time. If you have a typo or selected the wrong image, you can go back step by step, or just select the object you want to change.

When your Digital Signage Design is ready, you can download the complete file. Here you can choose between different file extensions, like PNG, JPEG or PDF. This allows you to also create print files (print PDF) that are the same as your screen templates.

This is also when Canva will charge you for the images you have used, and you will pay, depending on which option you picked, between 1, 10 or 100$ per image.

If you don’t mind the watermark, you can also save the file without paying, but then you have to live with the Canva name on every image with costs. Of course, if you used your own images, you won’t have to pay for your Digital Signage Design.

Download Your Digital Signage Content in Canva as JPG

The Result

After downloading, the end result can be found on your desktop (or downloads folder, depending on your settings) and you can easily add it to your Content Management System, like viewneo.

How to create your graphic with canva

Even though Canva has not been used as a Digital Signage Design Tool so far, it is a hidden gem and we can recommend it. It is simple, quick and – most of the time – free. And if you are also still looking for the right Digital Signage Software to bring your project to life, you can trial viewneo for free for an unlimited time.

 

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About Claus

Claus is a marketing enthusiast and a passionate diver. If he could, he would come to work in his diving suit. Instead he wears hats a lot, which is probably why he is such a strategic thinker (it all stays in one place) ;-) Besides traveling foreign places, he also enjoys great company and good food.

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Dear Valued viewneo Customer,

Last week, our Android mobile app was blocked from the Google Play store due to non-compliance with newly adopted policies for the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement and Privacy Policy for malware. This was largely due to the our most recent feature updates that were customer-driven and deemed very important to a professional digital signage experience.

For example:

1. “Kiosk mode” disables the ability to exit a playlist once it begins. The device owner must enter a unique key code to exit the playlist. This features was designed specifically to prevent in-store customers or non-device owner from pausing, exiting, or otherwise interrupting a playlist.

2 . The current viewneo Player App completes software updates in the background once available. Avoiding onscreen notifications and the need for users to manually confirm and complete software updates has been a very important product feature.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may be currently experiencing. Our team is working as fast as possible to urgently produce an updated version of our Android app that complies with all of the new Google Play store developer policies.

Please use the link below to access a manual installation of the viewneo Player App as well as instructions. Should you have additional questions, please feel free contact us at any time.

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