How to Create a PDF in Canva Using Templates from FlippingBook

If you want to create a digital flipbook, magazine, brochure, or catalog in FlippingBook but don’t have a ready PDF yet, you can easily make one in Canva. And then get back to FlippingBook to convert your PDF to a beautiful online flipbook.


What is Canva and how to sign up

Canva is one of the most famous web design apps with easy-to-use features and functionality that enables you to create web content quickly, even if you don’t know much about design.

Signing up for Canva is very simple: 

  1. go to;
  2. choose from the options to sign up with Facebook, Google, or your email. If you decide to use your email, simply fill out the form with the necessary details;
  3. click Sign up.

Now you’re ready to start creating designs in Canva. 

And here’s where FlippingBook can help. We know that not all of our clients have ready PDFs to create digital materials right away, so we’ve designed four stunning Canva templates especially for you: magazine, brochure, catalog, and digital flipbook. Let’s look closer at how you can customize each of the templates.

How to customize templates in Canva


A well-designed magazine has consistent elements that are shared across the whole design, from cover to cover. Such thematic designs are the hallmark of a professional and carefully planned magazine. Here’s how you can create a great PDF magazine:

  1. Start with making the cover because it plays an important role in engaging readers—it works as a powerful marketing tool. Add your magazine name and logo, choose a suitable font, write a catchy description or a quote from your magazine. A good rule of thumb is to display one main headline and no more than five sub-headlines to ensure a clean layout.
  2. Introduce the team behind your gorgeous magazine, write an editor’s letter, and add a table of contents.
  3. Then add your feature stories and articles, backing them with engaging photos and quotes. You can use the images offered by Canva or upload your own. Choose one to three colors and use these consistently for headlines, texts, and backgrounds. 

Customize this magazine template in Canva and make it your own

Create yours


Captivating content and design play a big role in creating a great impression of your products and services, no matter what business you have. Here are some main steps to make a compelling PDF brochure:

  1. Give your cover a single message that is clear and engaging. Focus on making the cover of your brochure articulate and bright to catch your readers’ eyes at first sight.
  2. On the next page talk about your team and your company values. Leave space to add videos later on when you’ll be creating a digital brochure in FlippingBook. For example, embed short videos about your team or products—they will definitely add a human touch to your brochure right from the start.
  3. Make the main content of the brochure concise and skimmable: use descriptive headers, keep paragraphs under four lines, add subheadings for every two to three paragraphs, and incorporate lists and bullet points. Choose from a variety of images offered by Canva or upload your own.
  4. Don’t forget to add your company details and a call to action on the back cover of the brochure. You can make it all clickable with the help of FlippingBook so that your readers contact you in no time.

The brochure template has a sleek modern format making it even more stylish and eye-catching.

Customize this brochure template in Canva and make it your own

Create yours

Please note that some of the images you use in Canva are not free so you need to buy them to be able to download a ready design.


Catalogs are a great way to make your marketing and sales activities more efficient. So here are the easy steps you can follow to create an effective catalog:

  1. Customize the cover of your catalog by adding its name and your company’s logo.
  2. Design a preface: tell your audience about your company, your values, and the quality of the products they will see across the pages of the catalog. Add pictures of your CEO, colleagues, office, production site, or warehouse. Plus, add a table of contents so your clients can navigate through your catalog easily.
  3. Start adding your items: write thorough descriptions, showcase your products and services at their best with the help of compelling photos. Upload your own photos or choose from Canva library of images.
  4. Make sure to add price tags, because when customizing your catalog in FlippingBook, you’ll be able to link them to actual products on your website so that your readers can follow the link and make purchases right away.

The catalog template has a convenient square format giving you more space for the product descriptions and photos. Feel free to add as many as you need.

Customize this catalog template in Canva and make it your own

Create yours

Digital flipbook

Digital flipbook template allows you to be very creative with your content. Have you ever wanted to make awesome content but didn’t have the right opportunity? Here’s your chance! This template allows you to use all your imagination and finally create your dream project. Follow our recommendations in the template or create your own design from scratch. 

Add articles, stories, images—anything you want. Use your imagination, play with fonts and colors, and then convert your PDF into a flipbook in FlippingBook. 

Customize this digital flipbook template in Canva and make it your own

Create yours


After you’ve made your PDF in Canva, just download it to your computer. Read more on how to download your PDF in our Help Center. Or check out our GIF right away.


Upload your PDF back into FlippingBook and create powerful digital content

Now you can make your online magazine, brochure, catalog, and flipbook in FlippingBook: you only need to upload your PDF to our service and we’ll do the rest. Just in a few minutes, you get a ready, professional-looking flipbook with a smooth page flip effect to share with the world right away!

You can customize your flipbook a bit more to match your brand: FlippingBook offers a gallery of ready-made professional designs, custom colors, and backgrounds. Plus, it allows you to add images, videos, and links to other resources to make your content even more engaging and informative. 

What’s more, FlippingBook is a great way for boosting your marketing and sales processes. Thanks to advanced analytical tools you can track how people engage with your content to make it even more powerful. And you can add a customizable lead capture form that will help you collect leads right within your flipbook.  

Start creating your PDFs right away. Good luck to you!

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