Hi SErs! Harmony here 😁 Today, I have another Canva tutorial for you. This one is all about using Canva to make a free and easy video, which you can use for all sorts of promotional purposes … including a book promo trailer.
For this tutorial, I’m using Canva online rather than my App on my iPad. So some of the screenshots will look different, depending upon which version and App you’re using. However, the instructions are essentially the same.
**You can make videos in both the free and paid options on Canva**
Open Canva and choose a template:
Usually, I start with a blank template. Some of the done-for-you content requires a paid subscription. However, you can start with a done-for-you and swap out the paid images for free graphics–either from within Canva or from an image you upload.
You will need to choose your aspect ratio, which will change depending upon your intended use. See HERE for more information on aspect ratios.
**To resize in Canva, you will need the PAID version**
For this tutorial, I chose ‘book video’, which has given me a square aspect ratio.
From this one template, I can:
- change the background
- change the length of each frame (which you will see on screen as ‘pages’ until you save the video
- change the individual elements
- with the paid version, resize
Step One: Change the Background
I typed ‘forest’ into the search after clicking the ‘background’ option.
Step Two: Change the Frame Length
Here, I’ve set the frame to 2.5 seconds. You can use the slider or type in the dialogue box to set the time you want.
Step Three: Change the Individual Elements
I deleted the large shape on the right-hand side. Then I resized the shape on the lower left.
I then changed the colour of the shapes and the text.
Next, I clicked on ‘uploads’ and chose ‘from device’. Below is how to upload and then the finished ‘frame’.
You can continue to add elements and text, etc., as much as you want. The template gives you multiple frames to work with that will form a video once you’re done.
You can also add pages and duplicate the current page. Have a play and see what you can come up with.
The vidoes come with a music track, which you can also change:
Alternatively, to view via YouTube, the finished video for The Glade is HERE.
And there you have it. An incredibly quick and easy way to create a book teaser trailer or other promotional video.
That’s it from me for today. I hope you find this post useful. And I’ll see you again on February 24th 🙂
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