Create graphics for social with Canva

Create engaging visual content for your posts with the free Canva app for Hootsuite. Canva lets you turn your ideas into striking graphics with professional layouts, designs, images, and fonts.

This integration requires a Canva account. Learn more about Canva.

Install the Canva app as one of your Hootsuite content sources. Then access the Canva editor and create and save your designs in Hootsuite. You can also add any previously created designs to Hootsuite from your Canva account. While creating social posts in the Composer, you can easily attach your Canva designs.

Plans: This feature is not available to Free plan members. To gain access to this feature, follow the steps to change your plan here.

Install the Canva app

  1. Go to My profile, and then select App directory.
    App directory selected in the My profile menu
  2. In the top right, search for Canva.
  3. Select Install on the app.
    The install button highlighted on the Canva app directory listing
  4. Select Finish.

Create a new Canva design

  1. Go to Publisher, then Content.
  2. Under Content Sources in the navigation, select Canva.
  3. Select Design with Canva, and then select the type of design you want to create. This launches the Canva design editor with the appropriate dimensions.
  4. Select a template, or create one from scratch. Use Canva’s graphics, text, or design elements to create your design.
    See Canva's designing tutorials at Designing with Canva.
  5. When you’re finished creating, select Save on the top right.
  6. Select Log in, enter your Canva account email and password, and then select Log in again.
  7. Select Save again on your design. Your design is saved in your Canva content source in Hootsuite.
    The Save button highlighted in the Canva design editor

Note: Designs created in Hootsuite will not save to your Canva account.

Access existing designs from your Canva account

  1. Open a new browser tab and sign in to your Canva account.
  2. In Hootsuite, go to Publisher, then Content.
  3. Under Content Sources in the navigation, select Canva.
  4. Select Design with Canva, and then select a design type.
  5. When the Canva editor is open, select Folders, which contains your existing designs.
    Folders highlighted in the Canva design editor

    Tip: If you don’t see Folders, it means you aren’t signed in to your Canva account.

  6. Select a design to continue working on it in Hootsuite. If it’s already finished, select Save to add it to your Hootsuite content source.

Note: If you edit a design that was created in your Canva account, only the version saved in Hootsuite is updated. The existing design in your Canva account will not be updated.

Edit a Canva design

  1. Open a new browser tab and sign in to your Canva account.
  2. In Hootsuite, go to Publisher, then Content.
  3. Under Content Sources in the navigation, select Canva.
  4. Select Edit on the design to open it in the Canva editor.
  5. Make your edits to the design, and then select Save.

Note: If you edit a design that was created in your Canva account, only the version saved in Hootsuite is updated. The existing design in your Canva account will not be updated.

Publish a Canva design in a post

  1. Go to Publisher, then Content.
  2. Under Content Sources in the navigation, select Canva.
  3. Select Send to Composer on the design. The legacy composer opens with your design attached.
    Learn more about Publishing posts with the legacy composer.

Tip: To use your design in the new Composer, select the three dots on the design and then select View. Right-click, and save the image to your desktop. Then upload it to your post in the new Composer.

Delete a design

  1. Go to Publisher, then Content.
  2. Under Content Sources in the navigation, select Canva.
  3. Select the three dots on the design, and then select Delete.
  4. Select OK to confirm.