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  Article updated: December 08, 2021

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.

Once you install the Canva app, you can open the Canva editor to create and save your designs in Hootsuite. You can even add any previously created designs to Hootsuite from your Canva account. Then, when creating posts in Hootsuite, you can attach your Canva designs.

Plans: This feature is not available to Free plan members. To change your plan type and access this feature, see Manage your Hootsuite plan and account.

Install the Canva app

  1. Go to My profile, and then select Install Hootsuite apps.
    my profile selected with install Hootsuite apps highlighted
  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 a design type. This launches the Canva design editor. Images automatically scale to the appropriate dimensions.
  4. Select a template, or create one from scratch. Use Canva’s graphics, text, or design elements to create your design.
  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, and then select the Content tab.
  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, 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. Do one of the following:
  4. Select Send to Composer on the design. The composer opens with your design attached.
  5. Select the three dots on the design and then select View. Right-click, and save the image to your desktop. Then, when you create a new post, upload it as a media file.
    Canva design with three dots selected and view option highlighted

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.