Canva Legals: Start your Christian branding with success. This blog post covers everything you need to know to confidently start using Canva for all your graphic design needs and stay legal while doing it!
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Canva Legals: Start Your Christian Branding with Success

Why Do I Want to Show You Canva?

There are so many aspects of Canva that I absolutely cannot wait to share with you guys. I am such a firm believer that Canva is the best way to create digital and print graphics that support your brand in an easy and efficient way. Anyone can do it! And the quality always comes out amazing with all their built-in resources, elements, and templates.

I am so excited to share with you all the different ways you can use it to promote and establish YOUR brand – my heart is that all Christian content creators will feel equipped and confident to share their message with the world in a beautiful and visually striking way. I want to empower you to get noticed by the world, so you can spend your time doing what you love – sharing the love of Jesus!

I think for a lot of us, graphic design, creating social media images, designing web graphics, and the like are intimidating and time consuming. I ardently believe that should not be the case. You should be able to spend the majority of your time creating meaningful captions, posts, and website content that draws people closer to faith. The visual aspect of that shouldn’t feel so daunting and challenging that it sucks up all your time! That’s where I come in with Canva. One of my major goals on my blog here is to equip you with resources that allow you to allot your time towards the things that matter – and I KNOW Canva is a resource that will help you create visually stunning content, no matter your platform, that will help you increase engagement, attract more eyes, and draw people in so they listen to what you have to say.

That being said, there are a million things I want you to learn about Canva, but I’m starting with the legals. I’ve had a lot of people express concern that they are not staying legal when using an online platform to create graphics, because the elements ultimately belong to the platform you are using. When you are selling things from your graphic creations, or using it for a branded logo, it’s critical that you stay within the legal guidelines of the platform. I did the legwork for you and dug deep into Canva’s legal agreements. So here it all is broken down into easy-to-understand language so you can feel confident getting started with Canva for all your graphic design needs. 

A little disclaimer first: I am not a lawyer- if you have further questions, you should always consult a legal professional. This information is gleaned from my own research. I have cited my sources at the bottom of this article and would highly encourage you to check them out yourself for more detail! 

Canva Logo Creation

Creating a logo in Canva is both easy to do and versatile with all the elements they have already loaded in. But can you technically have a logo that is branded to you but created in Canva? Technically, no. But I want you to think about how you use your logo – My Where Faith Grows logo was created in Canva, and that’s perfectly fine because I don’t plan to copyright or trademark that logo in any way. I also am comfortable changing the colors from time to time, and may even switch it up entirely in years to come if I want a new look. For most of us, that’s how we view our logos in the blogging and content creator world. In technical and legal terms, that’s not a “logo” because it’s not set in stone and it’s not trademarked.

As long as you use the looser term of logo in what you are trying to create, Canva is perfectly fine. If you want something more official, such as a custom design you want to trademark, you’re not going to be able to achieve that with an online graphic design software like Canva, because you won’t be able to trademark it as yours if you create it using their resources.  

Creating Original Designs in Canva

When you use Canva elements (meaning their graphics, fonts, stock photos, audio clips, and video clips), you need to be sure you are incorporating them in your own original design. No matter whether you are using a free element or a paid one, you can’t simply re-use the element on it’s own, or on a standalone basis. It has to be a part of some original design you have created. This is critical. 

Beyond this initial rule, HOW you use your design is determined by whether the elements in it are paid for or free elements. 

Free Elements 

These can be used for any commercial or non commercial use. Just make sure your design is original and there aren’t any recognizable people in your design. If there are recognizable people in your design (such as in a stock image), you need to make sure you are only using it for noncommercial use and that the person doesn’t appear in an offensive light.  

Paid Elements

Paid elements can be purchased under multiple license types. The kind you purchase will depend on how you want to use the design that has the element in it. Here is a brief overview:

Canva One Design License

This one is exactly how it sounds. When you pay for this license, you can use the element only in one design. This could be for commercial or non commercial use. Either is fine, just only use the element in one design! You can re-export that design multiple times, and you can even change colors and fonts on that design if you want to, but you cannot use “magic resize” on it and you can’t use that element in a totally different design. 

Canva Multi-Use License

This license is for using an element or elements on multiple designs. It allows you to use that element in designs for commercial and non-commercial use, up to 250,000 prints or recreations. 

Canva Extended Use License 

This one is just like a multi-use license, but it has no reproduction limit. Use your designs to your heart’s content! 

That covers the most commonly used licenses – I’ve provided my sources below where you can read about all the types of licensing Canva offers. I would highly encourage you to check them out and read further on all these licensing agreements. One thing Canva does that is AWESOME, is they have all the legal jargon on the left-hand side of the article, then on the right-hand side they give you the shorthand version.  If you have questions about everything I’ve detailed above, definitely look there first! If you don’t want to do a bunch more reading, below are also a few top questions I have had and heard from others along with the answers I found from scouring the Canva website and speaking with Canva reps. Hopefully these offer additional clarification! 

Additional Canva Questions Answered

Q: Can I sell a design I create in Canva? 
A: Yes. Designs you create in Canva can be used for commercial use, provided you abide by whatever license you purchased for elements within the design. For instance, one-design licenses mean you can only use an element in one design, multi-use licenses mean the element can be used in multiple designs, but only up to 250,000 recreations. You also cannot resell an element on its own – it must be your own original design. 

Q: Can I sell templates I create in Canva? 
A: Sure! But they have to be templates intended for use IN Canva, not for any other graphic design program. AND you need to be sure you aren’t just recreating an existing template from Canva’s library – you have to add your own value to the design. Additionally, be sure you are abiding by whatever license agreement your elements fall under. 

Q: Can I use an element in more than one design for social media? 
A: Yes, you can freely use pro media for social media posts. 

And that about covers it! If you have more Canva questions, I’d love for you to put them in the comments below! I can try to answer them, or find the answer for you if I don’t readily know! Also, you can click here to go ahead and make a Canva account if you want to get started today creating more striking graphics for your online image and branding. You can even try Canva Pro free for 30 days! I highly recommend jumping on the platform and exploring it for yourself – on here, I’ll continue to provide you with tips, tricks, and tutorials to make you a confident Canva user in no time! Together, let’s take your brand to the next level so you can get back to connecting with your audience and sharing your message with the world. 

Sources: 

Canva terms of use

Licenses overview

Canva free media license agreement

Multi Use license agreement

Canva extended license agreement 

Free elements description

With Great Joy,

Laura Signature Where Faith Grows

"If we want and desire a real-life relationship with Jesus, we have to be ok having moments where we let down the walls of perfection we try so hard to build and maintain. "
Christian blogger, podcaster, and speaker, Laura Lambert
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Canva Legals: Start your Christian branding with success. This blog post covers everything you need to know to confidently start using Canva for all your graphic design needs and stay legal while doing it!
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