Learn how to make a PDF in Canva with a hyperlink. Creating a PDF in Canva is so easy!
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Etsy has a limit of 5 20 MB files for each digital download. That isn't very large. Sometimes you can get away with breaking the file into folders and uploading them separately, but sometimes a single file is too large on its own.
Procreate brush sets are a good example. Digital paper sets can also be really large.
When this happens, you will need to create a PDF document with a link to the file for the customer to download.
I like to use Canva for this process because it's so easy to use. Canva is free design software that has a lot of features. It's super easy to make a PDF in Canva.
They offer a paid subscription that offers more features, but it's not necessary for this tutorial. However, they might be useful in other parts of your business.
I have a paid subscription, so my options may look a little different than yours. Anything with a crown next to is a paid feature.
Please note: there are obviously a million other reasons to make PDFs with hyperlinks in Canva, but this is relevant to Etsy digital downloads, so I wrote this to provide clarity for other posts.
How to Make a PDF in Canva
- Create a new design in a custom size of 8.5" x 11". (If you're not in the US, feel free to use the size popular in your country.)
- Click "create new design" and a new tab will open up with a blank sheet.
- Add text with the text feature.
- You can change the font, size, text color and more with the options at the top left of the screen.
- I like to include the title, text for the hyperlink, and instructions for the files.
- Add your brand name or website at the bottom of the page.
Uploading Your File to Google Docs
You can use whatever file storage option that you want to use. I use google docs because I use google drive for everything anyways. And it's free!
- Open your google drive.
- If you're going to store a lot of your files here, create a folder.
- Open the folder. Drag and drop the file into the google drive.
- Right click on the file and choose share.
- Select "anyone with the link can view".
- Copy the link.
How to Add a Hyperlink in Canva
Adding a hyperlink is obvious to some people and completely unknown to others.
If you've never had a website, this is probably new information. (I just taught my daughter how to do this after getting a 6-page birthday wish list with 1000 character URLs.)
- You can bold this text and make it a different color if desired.
- You can also underline the text so that it's clear that it's a hyperlink.
- Select the text you chose for your hyperlink. It can be the file name or something more obvious like "click here for the file."
- Click the hyperlink button at the top of the page and paste the link form the google drive.
Saving the File as a PDF
- Finish adding any relevant information to the page. You can make it cute with elements and shapes, but don't overdo it. Simple is better and less confusing.
- When you're finished, it's time to save the file.
- Click the download button at the top right corner.
- Select "PDF standard" and download the file.
- Then you can upload this PDF to your Etsy listing as usual.
I use "PDF standard" for this kind of file because the quality doesn't really matter. You're not selling the PDF file itself.
However, if you are working in Canva to create a workbook or an ebook of some sort and the PDF is what you're selling, select PDf print quality instead. This will make the file larger though, so choose wisely.
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