10 Brilliant Tools In Canva Magic Studio

In this article, I aim to illustrate as many details as I can about Canva Magic Studio and its brilliant tools. In this way, you know which Magic Studio tool is the one you should use for your specific task.

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What Is Canva Magic Studio?

So, what is Canva Magic Studio? It’s a suite of AI-powered design tools that takes the core functionality of Canva and infuses it with a layer of ‘magic.’ Most of them can only be used if you have a Canva Pro account.

Founded by Melanie Perkins, Canva has long been a favorite for content creators, and this new offering is no different.

I highly recommend you subscribe to Canva Pro if you are doing graphic design work regularly. But you can use Canva without paying and still enjoy lots of useful tools to work with.

Here are the various Magic tools you can find in Magic Studio.

1. Magic Write: The AI-Powered Text Editor

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Text content is critical in any design, and Magic Write handles this beautifully. This AI tool uses generative AI to understand your brand voice and generate text that resonates with your target audience.

It’s much more than just an ordinary text editor; it’s an AI-powered tool for precision content.

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Write:

  1. Type or paste your raw text into the input box. Or go to the left panel menu to select the Text option and select any of the text styles from the panel that slides out.
  2. Click on the text box one time and you will see the option of Magic Write appear above the text.
  3. Click on the Magic Write button once and you will see a drop-down list of what you can do to your existing text with Magic Write.
  4. Click on any of the effects in this list to transform your text.
  5. Take a look at the transformed text. If you like it, great; if not, you can go back and make changes to the original text and try again.

2. Magic Design: Automatic Design Creation

type in 5+ words into search bar to use Magic design in canva

What if you could just tell a tool what you need, and it designs it for you? Magic Design makes this possible. By leveraging new AI and generative AI tools, it creates stunning designs without you breaking a sweat.

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Design:

  1. Within Canva home page, simply type in 5+ words in the search bar to describe the design you want.
  2. You can type pretty much anything you want. Maybe you need to create a social media post, a blog header, or any other type of content, just type that in. In my example, I wanted an Italian menu, so I typed “beverage menu for Italian restaurant”.
  3. This is where the magic happens. Press enter on the keyboard and watch as Magic Design produces multiple design variations for you to review.
  4. Take a moment to go through the generated designs. You’ll have various layouts and styles to choose from.
  5. Once you’ve selected a design, you can customize it even further. Change the colors, fonts, or whatever you feel like tweaking.

3. Magic Media: Text To Image

magic media in canva

Managing visual content, especially for social media, is often a chaotic process. Enter Magic Media, a feature that helps you type out a description for an image or video to appear.

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Media:

  1. Navigate to Apps on the left side panel and in the Discover tab, scroll down to the Popular section. Then, select Magic Media.
  2. A panel slides out with a box for you to describe the image or video you want.
  3. Hit the Create Your Image and let Magic Media do the rest.
  4. Inspect the transformed media. Not to your taste? You can revert and try again. Bear in mind there are 500 credits and each creation takes up 1 credit. The credits refresh in one month’s time.
  5. Once you’re satisfied, save your media. You can also choose from different exporting options.

4. Magic Edit: Change Parts Of Images

use magic edit in canva magic studio to change a bag photo

For those who have struggled with Adobe Express, Magic Edit is a breath of fresh air. Just by brushing over your photos, change an area without using Adobe Photoshop. I have tried changing the texture of a handbag from leather to fur. It works!

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Edit

  1. Start by adding the photo you want to edit on your Canva design page.
  2. Select your photo and click on the Edit Photo button on the Canva editor toolbar.
  3. On the left side panel, under Effects > Magic Studio, select Magic Edit.
  4. Your cursor changes to a circle brush when you hover it over your image.
  5. You can adjust your brush size on the left-side toggle or select the whole image if you want to edit the entire photo.
  6. Click the Continue button.
  7. In the Describe Your Edit box, type out in text, what you want to change that part of your image to.
  8. Click the Generate button once done and you will be given several preview options to choose from. Your photo in your canvas will also show the change in real-time.
  9. Select your favorite option and click the Done button. If you want more results, click on the Generate New Results button.

5. Magic Switch: Change Orientation And Resize Canvas (Pro)

use magic switch to change orientation and canvas size in canva

Have different social media platforms to cater to? Magic Switch allows you to adapt your designs for various platforms by helping you resize your Canva design and change orientation in one click.

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Switch

  1. Within your Canva editor, click the Magic Switch button on the top left-hand side.
  2. Scroll down the drop-down panel to look for the size you want to change your canvas to.
  3. Select among various categories like Social Media, Presentations, Videos, Websites and more.
  4. You can also select Custom Size and type in the new size you wish to change into.
  5. Click the Continue button and you will be shown a preview of how it will look like.
  6. If it looks great to you, select either the Copy & Resize button to generate the new size in a separate Canva design. Or select the Resize This Design button if you prefer to change to the same design.

6. Magic Eraser: Remove and Patch Parts Of Image (Pro)

remove part of your image with magic eraser in canva

Magic Eraser makes it a breeze to remove unwanted elements from your photos and replace the space with something that blends with the rest of the photo. Instead of getting a hole in it after removing part of photo, Magic Eraser patches it for you.

I’ve tried to remove a crockery from the image you see above. It’s magical that Canva tries to cover that area for you, but there’s still some work to be done to make the removed part look more like the surroundings.

Here are steps on how to use Canva Magic Eraser:

  1. Start by adding the photo you want to edit on your Canva design page.
  2. Select your photo and click on the Edit Photo button on the Canva editor toolbar.
  3. On the left side panel, under Effects > Magic Studio, select Magic Eraser.
  4. Your cursor changes to a circle that represents an eraser.
  5. Click and drag or brush over the part of your image that you want to remove.
  6. Change the brush size on the left panel if it helps you be quicker or more accurate with brushing.
  7. Once you let go of your cursor, Canva gets to work to remove the area.

7. Magic Morph: Transform Text And Shapes To Your Description (Pro)

transform element with magic morph in canva

Magic Morph currently works only on text, shape or a simple graphic in Canva. It allows you to change or transform your element to look like something else based on a description you provide.

Here are steps on how to use Magic Morph

  1. In your Canva editor, open up your design, then go to the left-hand side menu and select the Apps button.
  2. In the search bar of the slide-out panel, type, and search for Magic Morph. Then, select the Magic Morph thumbnail.
  3. Select an element in your design, it can be a text, shape or graphic.
  4. Type in the look you’d like your element to transformed into.
  5. Click the Magic Morph button and a preview of options will be presented to you.
  6. Select the one you like or click the Create Again button to go through the process again to create more options with a different description.

8. Magic Expand: Fix the cropped Area Of A Photo (Pro)

using magic expand in canva to add more background to photo

Magic Expand allows you to add details that are cropped off from your photo. It’s able to analyse your photo and match the existing image with similar subjects or scenery.

Here are steps on how to use Magic Expand:

  1. Start by adding the photo you want to edit on your Canva design page.
  2. Select your photo and click on the Edit Photo button on the Canva editor toolbar.
  3. On the left side panel, under Effects > Magic Studio, select Magic Expand.
  4. Or you can just double-click your photo, and on the left side panel, select the Expand tab.
  5. Select the aspect ratio of how you wish your photo to expand. This can expand backgrounds, design elements, and anything Canva’s artificial intelligence can do.
  6. Hit Expand: Once satisfied, click on the Magic Expand button to initiate the process.
  7. A variety of options will appear. Select the one that best fits your needs.

9. Magic Grab: Move Subject Out Of An Image (Pro)

remove or move subject from photo using magic grab in canva

Magic Grab gives you the ability to move a subject that was embedded in an image away from that position. If you think Magic Eraser is cool, Magic Grab is way cooler. It not only patches the empty space after you move a subject away, but it also does a better patching job than Magic Eraser does.

Not only that, the subject that you removed now has a transparent background that can be used as an image on another design or image. The subject being edged out is pretty neat.

See how the cow in the picture can be removed by using Magic Grab and the space is now replaced with something that blends well with the background.

magic grab removes cow in canva

Here are steps on how to use Magic Grab:

  1. Start by adding the photo you want to edit on your Canva design page.
  2. Select your photo and click on the Edit Photo button on the Canva editor toolbar.
  3. On the left side panel, under Effects > Magic Studio, select Magic Grab.
  4. Canva picks out the subject immediately and you can select it and move it away or delete it.

10. Magic Animate: Bring Your Designs to Life (Pro)

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Static images are good, but animations can bring your story to life. With Magic Animate, you get to add motion to your static designs, making them more engaging and dynamic.

Here are steps on how to use Magic Animate:

  1. Select any element on your Canva design, such as the background.
  2. The left panel slides out with options for Page Animations.
  3. Click the Magic Animate option.
  4. A wide range of animation styles will appear in the panel.
  5. As you bring your cursor over each animation-style thumbnail, you will see your design on the right side change in real time.
  6. Select the one that works for you by clicking on it.

Comparing Canva Magic Studio to Other Tools

When it comes to design and content creation, you’re probably wondering how Canva Magic Studio stacks up against other tools you might be familiar with. You’re in luck because this section will help you understand precisely how Canva Magic Studio sets itself apart from the competition.

Canva Magic Studio vs. Adobe Express: While Adobe Express offers a range of editing capabilities, it doesn’t quite measure up to the AI-powered features of Canva Magic Studio. For instance, Magic Edit and Magic Eraser make photo manipulation much more intuitive and quick, unlike the more manual processes in Adobe Express. Magic Design and generative AI tools further set Canva Magic Studio apart.

Canva Magic Studio vs. Traditional Graphic Design Tools: Traditional graphic design tools often have steep learning curves. On the other hand, Canva Magic Studio, with its magic resize and magic grab features, makes design accessible for users at all levels. Plus, Magic Write ensures your brand voice remains consistent across designs.

AI-Powered vs. Manual Tools: With artificial intelligence being the buzzword, Canva Magic Studio integrates an AI model that powers features like Magic Media and Magic Alt Text. This new AI-driven approach makes it a pioneering AI-powered design tool, setting it apart from tools that rely on manual effort for content creation.

Branding Tools: Tools like Magic Write and Magic Design are essential for maintaining brand voice and identity. Melanie Perkins envisioned Canva as a platform to democratize design, and Canva Magic Studio takes it one step further by adding AI tools that help solidify your brand’s voice and visuals.

Final Thoughts: Ready to Create?

Getting started with Canva Magic Studio is more than just another entry into the world of design tools. It’s an invitation to a community of Canva users and creators who are changing the way we think about design and content creation.

This isn’t just another design tool; it’s a comprehensive AI-powered platform built for the modern creator. Are you ready to make the leap into smarter, faster, and more effective content creation?

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