A lot of clients come to us with Canva files. These can be suitable, as long as you download your files with the right settings.
When you start your design, turn on the print bleed setting. This will allow you to “bleed” items off your page (here’s why bleed is so important).
How to Set up Your Canva Document For Printing
- Click on “File” in the top left corner of your screen.
- We recommend you select “Show Margins” and “Show print bleed.”
- Extend the images and coloured panels to fall outside of the bleed line to ensure your document does not have a white stripe along the side of your page. To help illustrate these different lines – the red line is the outside of the bleed. Sitting between the red and blue line is a bit of breathing space for when your file is trimmed to size. The blue line is the “trim line”, the final size of your file. The green line is the margin. Between the green and blue line, avoid having any text or important details – they should be within the green box.
A note on converting text to paths (aka outlining your fonts)
We mention above that all text needs to be converted to outlines–otherwise, they are at risk of changing to a different font, or not appearing at all when we open the file. Unfortunately this is not a function available in Canva.
However, Canva mostly uses Google Fonts. Note each font used in your design and let us know what they are when you place your order. If there are any issues, we can download the font file from Google Fonts and try to resolve any issues that way.
Download Settings for your Canva Document to be print-ready
- At the top right of your design, click the Download/arrow pointing downwards button
- Make sure that “PDF Print” is the selected File Type, and check off “Crop marks and bleed” and “Save download settings” (makes it faster for you to do this at a later date)
- Click “Download”
The file that downloads is the print-ready file that you should provide.