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Making stickers on Canva in 5 easy steps

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Did you know Canva lets you design and print your own custom stickers? With Canva original stickers, you’re able to do everything from labeling food to marketing your small business. Though making stickers on Canva isn’t super complex, it does take a little time to learn how to use the program. Don’t worry, though. Once you get the hang of things, the process is simple.

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If you’re interested in learning how to make a sticker on Canva, all you need to do is follow these steps.

Making stickers on Canva in 5 easy steps
  1. Launch the Canva program

    Launch the sticker design program

    Start by launching Canva. Canva does have a free website version you are able to use for basic designs. However, we find it a little easier to use the downloadable version when making stickers. It has more features than the base website. You have the option of launching the program from your desktop or using the app version of it. To enter the sticker design area, click the Design tab and select Stickers from the drop-down menu.

  2. Explore the Canva templates

    Pick a premade template

    Most users start by looking at Canva templates. You are able to filter these templates based on things like size, style, theme, and shape. The great thing about the templates is that they’re perfectly sized for printing. When you work with a template, it guarantees the end results look fantastic. Even if you want original stickers, looking at templates is often a great place to start. Canva lets you adjust a template’s colors and various design elements. Even if you start with a very commonplace template, you are able to customize it to create something unique.

  3. Create your own unique design

    Create your own custom design

    Canva also gives you the option of designing from scratch. You begin by choosing a base shape, like Canva circle stickers, and then adding your own design. Canva allows you to customize everything from color to text to style. Check the “Elements” tab on the right to find a variety of cute graphics and basic shapes and lines. You have the option of using the basic lines and shapes to draw custom art if you don’t see any graphics you like. For example, you could create a pig by combining a few pink circles, triangles, and dots.

    Canva also allows you to upload photos, generate QR codes, and add interesting borders to the edge of your sticker sheet.

  4. Get to know the Canva interface

    Find many ways to edit your design with shortcuts

    Canva lets you shape and position elements however you want, so take some time to explore the interface. Clicking on an individual element opens up a menu where you are able to do things like orient an element to the middle, lock an element in place or adjust transparency. The Position option makes it easy to put an element in front of or behind other design elements. When working with Canva, don’t forget about helpful keyboard shortcuts that allow you to adjust things quickly.

    • Shift + arrow keys: Move an element 10 pixels in your selected direction
    • Esc: Deselect an element
    • Ctrl/Cmd + C: Copy an element or text box
    • Ctrl/Cmd + V: Paste an element or text box
    • Ctrl/Cmd + Z: Undo an action
    • Ctrl/Cmd + Z + Shift: Redo an action
    • Ctrl/Cmd + G: Group elements together
    • Ctrl/Cmd + D: Duplicate an element
    • Shift + click: Resize an element proportionally
  5. Print your stickers

    Order printed stickers directly from Canva

    When you’re satisfied with your sticker shape, it’s time to print. You have a few different printing options. If you have a printer at home that works with sticker paper, download your Canva design. Make sure you carefully select the download size so that you get a design that works with your intended sticker design. You also have the option to let Canva deal with the printing for you. Look in the upper right corner for the Print Stickers button. This lets you order stickers straight from Canva. You select your size, finish, and sticker count, and Canva will ship the finished product straight to you.

Enjoy a variety of techniques for making stickers

Ultimately, making stickers on Canva is a fun way to design the perfect sticker for your situation. The process is as simple or as complex as you want. Some people like to design Canva original stickers from scratch while others add their own text to a premade template. Either way, you’re sure to get great results. Ready to make your own awesome stickers? Download the Canva app now or explore our blog for more graphic design topics.

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