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Canva's Closet: Printing Your Designs Without Losing Your Shirt

Canva Print Ready - Rubrics Cube Monster

You’ve mastered Canva, and your designs are so fresh, they slap. But there's a little snag—getting them ready for print can sometimes feel like you're trying to solve a Rubik's cube in the dark - or at all really. Let's shine a light on how to get those designs print-ready, so what looks fab on your screen doesn’t turn into abstract art on fabric.

High Resolution or Go Home

High-res is non-negotiable, folks. Canva lets you crank up the DPI to 300, because nobody wants their art to have the same resolution as a potato.

The Colour Conundrum

That neon green that's popping on your screen might print out looking like baby spinach if you don't play the colour game right. Make sure what you're seeing translates to the print by wrestling with the colour settings—RGB for screens, CMYK for prints. Your printer will thank you, and so will your designs.

Text: Don't Let It Go Wobbly

Make your text a part of the artwork itself by converting it to curves, or outlines, as the design elite say. It’s like telling your letters to sit still so they won't run off looking different when printed.

Back to Basics with Backgrounds

Canva backgrounds need to know their place, and sometimes that place is nowhere. Ditch the background for transparency and keep your design from having an awkward tan line.

Pick the Right Format, Save the Drama

Your printer's mood can swing based on file format like a pendulum in a grandfather clock. Canva offers PNGs and PDFs; choose wisely, or better yet, ask your printer what they prefer to avoid any format feuds.

Quick Print-Ready Checklist

  • Make sure it's 300 DPI, or risk pixel purgatory.

  • Nail down the dimensions—size isn't everything, but here it kind of is.

  • Convert to CMYK and avoid colour catastrophes.

  • Outline your text to keep it tight.

  • Choose transparency for a background that won't crash the party.

  • Select the right file format; it's the difference between 'wow' and 'what?!'

With these tricks up your sleeve, you can send your designs from Canva to In.It without breaking a sweat—or the bank. Keep it simple, keep it smart, and keep the humour. Because, in the end, if you can make yourself laugh while prepping files for print, you’ve already won half the battle.


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