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How to create a flipbook with Canva?

In today’s digital world, flipbooks offer a creative and engaging way to present content, whether it’s for business presentations, online catalogs, educational materials, or personal portfolios.

Canva, known for its user-friendly design platform, makes it incredibly easy to create PDF pages.

This guide will walk you through the simple steps of creating visually appealing designs in Canva and transforming them into interactive online flipbooks that captivate your audience’s attention.

Prepare your design in Canva

Step 1

Before you start, make sure you have accounts on both Canva:

Canva dashboard

and Publuu. If not, sign up and familiarize yourself with their interfaces.


Step 2

Log in to Canva

Open Canva and sign in or log in if you already have an account.

Canva site

Step 3

Choose a template

Decide what type of content you’re creating (e.g., magazine, brochure, presentations).

Browse the variety of templates available. Consider your target audience and the message you want to convey.

Canva dashboard picking templates


Pick a template that aligns with your vision, whether it’s classic, elegant, or modern.

Browsing the variety of templates

Once you’ve chosen the template, click on it:

Customize the template

Step 4

Customize your design

Use the Canva interface to add and modify text, images, and other design elements:

Edit text.
Click on the text box to add your content. Adjust the font style, size, and color to fit your theme:

Customize your design more options

Add images. Drag and drop images into your design. You can use your own images or choose from Canva’s library:

Customize your design photos

Add other elements. Explore the elements section to add shapes, tables, or illustrations.

Customize other elements

Step 5

Maintain consistency across all pages

Use a consistent color scheme:

Consistent colors

and font styles across all pages.

Consistent font styles

Ensure that elements are aligned neatly for a professional look:

Customize your design, photos


💡Regularly preview your design to check for consistency.

💡Check if all pages are correctly arranged for a seamless reading experience.

Convert your design to an online flipbook directly from Canva

Once satisfied with your design, you can easily convert it into an online flipbook.

Step 1

Use Canva’s direct upload feature to transfer your project to Publuu – an online flipbook creator. Click the ‘Share’ button:

Sharing Canva design

Choose the ‘More’ option:

Sharing Canva design

Then scroll down and look for the ‘Publuu Flipbook’ icon. Click on it to upload your project to Publuu.

Sharing to Publuu flipbooks

Step 2

It will take just a few seconds to prepare your design:

Preparing design to export

When your design is saved, choose the ‘View in Publuu Flipbooks’ option, which directs you to Publuu.

Ready file

Step 3

Once you are redirected, you will see a pop-up window:

Canva design showing up in Publuu

Click on the ‘Login’ or ‘Register’ button to access the flipbook.

Canva design showing up in Publuu


If you don’t have an account and don’t create one, all the unregistered flipbooks will be deleted within 5 days and you will not be able to access them via your Canva account.

Choose whether you want to register or log in.

Sign in or register to Publuu

Once you’ve signed in or registered you’ll be directed to your flipbook customization panel:

Customizing Canva design in publuu

🎉 Congratulations! You’ve just successfully created a flipbook using Canva!



Convert to flipbook manually in Publuu

If not directly uploaded from Canva, download your project as a PDF and manually upload your PDF file into Publuu.

Step 1

Click on the ‘Share’ button located in the top right corner.

Download PDF

choose PDF format and select ‘Download’.

Download PDF 2


Step 2

Log into Publuu and manually upload your PDF to Publuu. If you do not have an account yet, please check how to create a free one.

Once you’re registered, click the ‘Upload you PDF’ button:

Welcome to Publuu

Alternatively, choose the ‘Add PDF’ button if you’re a subscriber and have a flipbook already:

Add a PDF

Wait for your PDF to be converted. It will just take a moment.

Converting to Publuu flipbook

Step 3

Once your PDF is converted into an HTML5 flipbook you’ll be taken directly to flipbook customization:

Customizing Canva design in publuu

First steps in Publuu

1. Customize

In the customization menu, add a title, and description, and select settings like background and logo:

Customize flipbook

Enhance your flipbook by adding interactive hotspots, by clicking ‘Add hotspots’,

Customize flipbook

such as links, photos, videos, and GIFs:

Add hotspots GIF

2. Publish and share

Publuu offers multiple sharing options. Once your flipbook is ready, you can share it with a direct link,

Sharing flipbook via direct link

through social media platforms,

Share on social media platforms

in email newsletters,

Sharing via email

or embed the flipbook directly into your website:

Embedding flipbook

For more detailed information on how to embed a flipbook please have a look here: How Do I Embed a Flipbook Into My Website?

3. Analyze statistics

Once your flipbook is published, you can check its performance. Click the ‘Show statistics’ button:

Show statistics

When you enter the statistics menu, you can check the total number of views, pages viewed, average time spent, hotspots viewed, collected leads, and PDF downloads.

Statistics menu

Here you can learn more about How to Analyze Your Flipbook’s Statistics.

Great job! You’ve successfully created a flipbook using Canva and taken your first steps with Publuu. Ready to elevate your publication to the next level? Explore our comprehensive HELP GUIDE for more features and tips!

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