Have you seen the recent advertisements for Canva? 

Canva is fast becoming one of the largest web based graphic design and photo editing tools. It offers both a free version as well as a premium paid subscription which allows customers to create all types of graphics without any experience in graphic design or photo editing. 

If you’re using the paid version of Canva, here are a few tips to help you resize your images to our custom screen-print heat transfers.

To begin, we will need to determine which sheet or paper size you want to purchase.  In this example, we will use one of our “single image” sheet sizes.  

It’s a good idea to jot these sizes down for future reference.  

Sheet size #1 9”x12.75” (15¢) one color transfer.

Sheet size #2 12” x 12” (20¢) one color transfer.

Here is how to resize your image with Canva. Watch a quick video here!

Step 1

On the Canva “Home” page, select the “custom size” button located on the right side. Once you click on the button a drop-down menu will appear.

Step 2

In the “Custom Size” drop down menu, first change the default measurement from Pixels to Inches. Once you change to inches, you can then enter the width of 12.75” and the height as 9” as shown below.

Canva home custom size drop down menu is showing PX, Inches, MM, CM, suggesting you select the 2nd option which is Inches.
Example Caption

Step 3

Under the file menu, select the “Show Rulers and Guides” option to turn the rulers on in the preview window. This will help confirm your artwork size when scale and resize your artwork.

Canva home page image showing file drop down menu and how to select the Show Rulers and Guides option.

How to resize your image with Canva

Step 4

Upload your compatible art file from your computer.  Canva accepts .SVG, .PNG, .PDF, .TIF or .JPG.*. In this example, we used a .SVG file which stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. If you’re only going to print a one color file, we recommend uploading your file filled in black.

Canva Upload Media selected showing how to place your uploaded image on the canvas showing small size.

Step 5

Once you have your artwork uploaded, now click on it or drag it on the canvas. If you followed step #2, your paper/ canvas size will be 12.75” wide by 9” tall. Drag your image to the left corner and click it one time. You will see 4 “points” appear. Now drag the right lower “node” and you will see the measurement appear as you drag and enlarge the file.

Canva upload page showing image being moved to upper left corner with for nodes and purple box. Image showing with width and height which can be dragged to increase the size.

Step 6

Once you “max out” the image size you can center the image by dragging it to the middle. In this example we went to the edge of the canvas.

Canva edit page showing resized image.  Each corner has node touching the outside edges of the canvas

Step 7

Next go to “File” and click once.  You can now enter the name of your art file. If you don’t name it, the default name will be untitled 9×12.75”. Next select “Download” from the menu. On the right, you will see a drop down menu to select your file type. For screen-print transfers, we recommend selecting the “PDF Print, best for printing” option. Then change the default from RGB to CMYK.

Canva download page showing PDF Print as best option for screen print heat transfers

Step 8

Your downloaded image will now be resized to fit the 9”x12.75” sheet size. If you have Adobe Photoshop, you can confirm the final print size. See example.

Canva downloaded image being verified with Adobe Photoshop at 9x12.75 with 300 ppi resolution

Now that you have successfully learned how to resize your image with Canva, It is important to understand there may be important items to check. We don’t recommend or endorse using Canva in any way. We understand there are many graphic design programs available,Canva is just one of them.

Here are a few more tips, before you upload your Custom Heat Transfer order to 613originals.com

Be sure to check the thickness of the lines (example Registered Trademark symbols will usually need to be adjusted to print properly).

Be sure when you upload your print ready file, you can visually see it fits within the page. It should not be cut off.

Be sure you have the permission or hold the rights to upload your artwork. Example, not many people have permission to use Mickey Mouse artwork which is owned by Walt Disney Company.