How to Make a Logo on Canva in Under 5 Minutes
So, you need a logo for your new business, but paying a professional graphic designer isn’t within your budget, and you don’t know where to start with programs like Adobe Illustrator.
If that sounds familiar, learning how to make a logo on Canva may be the best alternative.
Making professional-grade designs accessible to those without any design experience, Canva is an easy way to create free logos that enable you and your brand to make a bold first impression wherever you’re seen.
Below, we’ll outline the five simple steps you need to create a stunning logo from scratch within minutes.
What is the Canva Logo Creator?
The Canva Logo creator is one of many design tools in Canva’s comprehensive design suite.
As you’ll see in our tutorial, the platform makes it possible to create a professional logo by selecting one of the thousands of professionally-designed templates you can customize by adding various assets, including graphics, images, font styles, and more.
All this is done simply by moving your cursor around the screen, selecting the logo elements you want to use, and dragging them into place.
You can then use the intuitive menu bar to alter each element’s color, size, and placement to create a truly unique design.
Here’s how it’s done:
How to Create a Logo on Canva: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Login and Search for a Template
After logging into your Canva account, you can find the platform’s vast library of ready-made logo templates by using the search bar on the homepage or looking under the ‘You might want to try..’ options and selecting ‘logo.
This opens that extensive Canva template library. You can scroll through it and check out each design, but with over 50,000 options, you may want to save some time by using the filter options.
These options allow you to narrow your choices according to your preferred theme, style, subject, or features.
For example, suppose you’re starting a bakery. In that case, you can use the filters to only show you the 1,000+ logo choices under the ‘bakery’ theme and then whittle down further by choosing a particular style (say minimalist or modern) until you find the logo design you like.
Or, if you wanted a bold, modern look for your new computer repair business, you might choose ‘modern’ as your style and ‘computer’ as your theme.
We should point out that if you see a template with a small crown icon, you can only use it if you subscribed to Canva’s premium version, Canva Pro.
This only costs $12 per month, though if you’re still deciding whether the platform is right for you, you can access all those Pro-only templates and assets by signing up for a 30-day free trial.
Whatever type of logo you want to make, use the filter options to help you find the perfect template, then click it to open it up in the Canva design editor.
Step 2: Choose Graphic and Design Elements
For this tutorial, we chose to imagine that we’re starting a new travel agency business and need a logo for it.
After opening our favorite logo in the Canva editor, the first task is to add any graphics or other elements we want to include.
To do this, you can delete any graphics you don’t want by clicking on them and tapping the trash can icon.
Next, navigate to Elements – Graphics in the Canva menu and use the search function to find the kind of graphics that suit your business niche. In our example, we searched for ‘travel.’
Clicking on any graphic element will add it to your logo.
You can then customize it in any number of ways, including:
– Using the four dots on the corner to resize it
– Using the position feature to rearrange the order of different elements
– Using your cursor to drag the element around your design and place it where you want it.
Repeat this process with as many graphics, lines, shapes, or other elements as you want to include until you’re ready for the next step.
Step 3: Choose Your Colors and Fonts
If you like the look of your logo, but the colors don’t match your brand identity, you can always change them.
To change the color of your graphics, borders, or other elements, click on them to bring up the colored boxes on the top right-hand side of your main editing menu. You’ll notice that these boxes are the same color as your element.
Tap those boxes to bring up the color palette.
Here, Canva cleverly presents you with a selection of colors already used in your design.
Alternatively, you can use a selection of default colors. Click the ‘+’ icon with the multi-colored border, use the sliders, or enter a hex code to pick the exact color you want.
To change the color of your text, select the text you want to change and then click the ‘A’ icon with a colored line underneath it.
This will bring up the same color selection choices as shown above.
To change the font, select the text element you want to alter to bring up a drop-down menu of different font choices.
Alternatively, you can navigate to the text menu to add some beautiful pre-designed font combinations to your design.
Step 4: Add Your Text
Last but not least, you’ll need to change the wording of the default text to your business name.
Doing so couldn’t be easier.
Just select the text to highlight it, then type in the name of your small business just as you would if you were editing text in software such as Microsoft Office.
Step 5: Download Your New Logo
With all that done, you can make any final edits to your design until you’re completely happy with your finished logo.
At that point, it’s time to download that logo and put it to work.
To do that, tap ‘Share’ followed by the download button to access a drop-down menu of different file formats you can save your file as.
What formats does Canva let me export my logo in?
Canva allows you to export your logo in all of the following file types.
– .PDF Standard
– .PDF Print
– .MP4 video
Which one you use depends on your purpose.
We recommend using the PNG file format for your website, blog, social media, and other digital properties. Canva Pro users also have the option to download their logo as a lightweight SVG file. However, WordPress doesn’t support this format, so if you’re using that platform to build your business website, you may need to stick with PNG.
To use your logos on letterheads, your company business cards, and other printed materials, you’ll want to use -you guessed it- the PDF Print format.
How to make a logo on Canva with no background
Most Canva logos come with a transparent background or plain white background, but this can cause a significant clash of styles if you don’t already have a white background on your website or other marketing tools.
Canva Pro users have a quick solution for this:
After you’ve chosen your file format, check the box labeled ‘transparent background.’
When you download your new logo, you’ll notice that it no longer has any background, meaning you can place it on any colored background you like.
Examples of Canva Logo Designs
If you like the idea of making a free logo on Canva, but the one we made in our tutorial didn’t exactly fire your imagination, here are a few more logo design examples that will hopefully provide all the information you need.
1. Art or creative studio logo
2. Beauty and cosmetics company logo
3. Logo for an outdoor equipment retailer
4. Logo for a bakery, catering company, or dessert retailer
5. Vet or pet care logo design
6. Logo for a high school.
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Canva Logo Maker FAQ
Do I own my logo from Canva?
Yes. Once you’ve created and downloaded your logo, you own it and can use it for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, including promoting your new business.
Can you sell logos made on Canva?
It depends on the circumstances. You can sell your services as a professional graphic designer and use Canva to create logos for your clients. You can also use the free elements to create bespoke Canva logo templates (see our guide to selling Canva templates on Etsy for more on that). However, you can’t simply alter Canva’s pre-made templates and sell them as your own.
What else can you do with Canva?
When you first download your new logo, you’ll notice that Canva offers you the opportunity to apply that logo directly to one of its business card templates.
Related: How to make a business card in Canva
That’s just one of the countless other designs you can make with Canva.
Along with those business cards, you can make a wide range of both print and digital marketing materials, from Instagram posts and other social media content to infographics and featured images for your blog posts to posters, flyers, vouchers, and presentations.
Although you can do all this with the free version, you may want to consider upgrading to the premium version, Canva Pro, as this will unlock even more templates and visual elements to use in your designs.
You can try the Pro version with a 30-day free trial, giving you plenty of time to create all the professional designs you need at no cost. Also, if you are looking for another logo design option, Brandcrowd is a worthy choice as well.
Speaking of no cost, for more marketing tips that won’t break the bank, check out our guide to 22 low-cost ways to promote your business.