How to Automate Design Generation on Canva with Mail Merge

How to Bulk Generate Designs using Mail Merge on Canva
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Have you ever wished there was an easier way to generate multiple designs on Canva without the hassle of doing it one by one? Well, I have some exciting news for you! Introducing Canva Automation, a Google Chrome Extension designed to automate the process of creating personalized designs with variables. With this tool, you can effortlessly generate batches of designs and download them to a specified folder. It’s like having your own print-on-demand design assistant!

Canva Automation works similarly to mail merge, a feature that allows you to generate and email personalized documents to multiple recipients using data from a source like an Excel spreadsheet or a database. This tool is not only a game-changer for designers who use print-on-demand platforms like Merch (Amazon), Etsy, and Shopify, but also for marketers and social media influencers who need to create scalable graphics across various platforms.

Basic Steps for Canva Automation

Let’s dive into the basic steps involved in using Canva Automation:

  1. Start by creating a generic design on Canva using an existing template or starting from scratch.
  2. Identify the content variables in your design using markers like #1#, #2#, #3#, and so on.
  3. Prepare a CSV file that will serve as the data source for your content variables.
  4. Choose the desired file type for downloading the generated designs, such as JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, or MP4.
  5. Launch the automatic design generation process, and watch as Canva Automation sequentially replaces the content variables with the corresponding data values from the CSV file while generating and downloading the designs.

It’s important to note that the free version of Canva Automation allows you to automate the creation of up to 10 designs. If you want to remove this limitation and create an unlimited number of designs, you can opt for their paid plans. For more information on pricing, you can visit their website.

How it Works

To get started with Canva Automation, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and install the Canva Automation Chrome extension from here.

  2. Sign in to your Canva account and either choose an existing template or start designing from scratch.

  3. Place the content variables (#1#, #2#, etc.) at suitable locations within your design. These variables will be automatically replaced with the data values from your CSV file.

  4. Prepare your CSV file, following the format shown in the provided screenshot. You can also use the sample CSV file provided by the extension as a template.

  5. Click on the Canva Automation extension icon to the right of your browser’s address bar, and ensure that all the content variables in your design are correctly identified under Variable Markers.

  6. Drag and drop your CSV file into the provided box. If needed, you can choose to skip a certain number of rows using the checkbox. This is particularly useful if you want to skip already downloaded data, eliminating the need to modify the CSV file frequently.

  7. Select your preferred download file type from the dropdown list and specify the name of the download folder.

  8. Double-check that you’ve completed all the above steps correctly, and then click on the ‘Auto Make’ button.

  9. Canva Automation will now work its magic by replacing the content variables with data from your CSV file. Sit back and watch as it automatically generates and saves the designs one by one in your specified folder and chosen file format.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you’re a designer, marketer, or social media influencer, Canva Automation is a fantastic tool for batch designing on the Canva platform. Say goodbye to manual interventions and tedious processes. With Canva Automation, you can streamline your design workflow and create multiple variants effortlessly.

Ready to give it a try? Click here to navigate to Canva Automation and download the Chrome extension. Happy designing!