What is Canva AI Generator and How to Use it?

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Canva is a popular platform that has helped many individuals who lack professional design software expertise create professionally designed graphics. It has been a valuable tool and lifesaver for such people.

Moreover, Canva has introduced a new feature to assist its users in speeding up the graphics creation process. The AI Image Generator is designed to boost the creation process, making it easier and faster for users to create their desired graphics.

If you are unsure how to use Canva’s latest option, we will explain everything there is to know in this blog post.

What is an AI Generator on Canva?

canva ai generator

The AI image generator is one of the newest Canva’s features that allows users to generate images with the help of AI. Like other AI image generators, users need to describe what’s on their minds using written text, and the text-to-image tool will transform that into a picture in a few seconds. Canva also offers several premade styles that boost the images’ overall appearance.

Besides this feature, users can still apply all Canva’s other options, such as frames, shapes, and graphics, and create the design they like.

How to use Canva AI Generator?

To generate an image using Canva’s latest feature, users must provide a concise and clear description of the image they want to create. The next step is to add a style and hit the ‘Generate’ button. Alternatively, users can add frames, graphics, and other elements to enrich the image and achieve the desired goals with the design.

Here is a step-by-step instruction:

  1. Open Canva and tap on the “Magic Media” option located at the bottom of the left-hand menu.

canva magic media

  1. Describe the image you would like to generate. If you are unsure how to write one, use the “Try example” button to get an idea of how your description should look like.

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  1. Tap the “Create your image” button image.

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  1. Canva will offer you four suggestions. You can use the three dots in the upper right corner of the image you like the most to generate more ideas similar to the one you have chosen.
  2. You can also use the style option and select a particular appearance for your image, like anime, filmic, photo, watercolor, or dreamy.

canva ai generated images

How to use ChatGPT with Canva?

If you are having trouble verbalizing the image you need to create with Canva, ChatGPT, the famous chatbot that started the AI revolution, can help you.

The versatile tool can help you create the right prompt if the bot is prompted correctly. So, here is one example of how you can create a prompt for Canva’s AI image generator using ChatGPT.

Prompt for ChatGPT:

  • “Please craft a clear and concise prompt for generating an AI image. The goal is to instruct the AI image generator to create a polished social media post with a professional aesthetic. Incorporate corporate elements seamlessly, and feature a smiling man to evoke positivity and approachability in the image.”


  • “Generate a visually appealing social media post. Include corporate elements such as logos or business-related graphics. The focal point of the image should be a smiling man, conveying positivity and approachability.”

Canva result:

social media post created with canva ai tool

How to use Canva’s Plugin with ChatGPT?

Canva's ChatGPT plugin is another useful tool to help you create the perfect design. The plugin is only available for ChatGPT premium users, and its main goal is to suggest templates already featured in Canava’s template library after providing ChatGPT a prompt.

To use the Canva plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your ChatGPT Plus account.
  2. Activate the Canva plugin.
  3. Describe the design you need.

ChatGPT will suggest relevant templates. Once selected, you'll be redirected to Canva to customize, share, or download.

🎨 Explore another AI image generator - ImgCreator, and learn how to use it.

To Sum Up

Canva, the flexible but powerful design platform, has joined the AI trend and implemented an AI image generator that helps users create images with greater speed than before.

The tool is straightforward and resembles other AI tools for image generation that require a written description to create amazing images. In addition, users can ask for help from ChatGPT and craft great prompts in a few seconds.