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Make Your Own QR Code with Canva

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QR codes, or Quick Response codes, have gained significant traction in higher education due to their versatility and benefits. These pixelated squares hold information and can quickly connect users to websites, articles, and more with just a scan. But did you know you can easily create your own customized QR code using Canva? Yes, you heard it right! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to craft your personalized QR code in Canva.

Step 1: Start with a Blank Canvas

First things first, open up your Canva account and create a new design with a blank canvas. This gives you a clean slate to work with and allows for complete customization.

Tip: We recommend using the “logo” design size (500 x 500 pixels)

Logo templates

Step 2: Search for QR Code Element

In the search bar located under the Elements tab, type in “QR code” and hit enter. Canva will populate a list of QR code elements for you to choose from.

Elements - search QR code

Step 3: Choose the "Use App" Option

You’ll see a button labeled Use App. Click on this to begin creating and customizing your colorful QR codes.

Step 4: Copy and Paste Your URL

Now, it’s time to input the URL or content you want your QR code to link to. Simply copy and paste the URL into the designated field. Feel free to customize the design colors to match your branding using the “Customize” drop down button.

paste URL and customize colors

Step 5: Generate Your QR Code

With your URL added, select the Generate QR code button. Canva will automatically generate your customized QR code based on the content you provided. Once your QR code is generated, right-click on the image and select “Set image as background.” This ensures that your QR code stretches the whole canvas.

generate code

Step 6: Download Your QR Code

To download your newly created QR code, simply navigate to the File tab and click on Download. Choose your preferred file format and hit the download button. Your QR code is now ready to be used in your marketing materials, conference posters, or wherever else you see fit!

File > Download

With Canva’s user-friendly interface and customization options, creating your own QR code has never been easier. Whether you’re preparing for an event, presenting a conference poster, or just looking to add a convenient link to your lectures, this tutorial empowers you to harness the power of QR codes in your own unique way. So, what are you waiting for? Start creating and sharing your personalized QR codes today!

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