Create a Talking Avatar with D-ID and Canva

Design with Canva
30 May 202330:23

TLDRIn this tutorial, Rodney's AI Avatar, Ron, demonstrates how to create a personalized talking avatar using D-ID and Canva. The process is divided into three customization levels: starting with an AI presenter that requires minimal customization, moving on to creating an avatar that resembles a specific person using uploaded headshots, and finally, achieving the highest level of personalization by integrating your own voice with your avatar. The tutorial covers connecting a Canva account with D-ID, selecting presenters, writing scripts, choosing languages and voices, and generating the final video. It also explores the use of D-ID's website for additional features like uploading custom voice recordings and generating new presenters based on prompts. The engaging summary encourages users to try the tool, hinting at the fun and creative possibilities it offers.


  • 🎬 Use D-ID and Canva to create a talking avatar for various purposes, such as website engagement or presentations.
  • πŸ”— Connect your Canva account with D-ID to start the avatar creation process.
  • πŸ“Έ For custom avatars, upload a clean headshot with a plain background for the best results.
  • πŸ—£οΈ Choose from a variety of languages and voice styles to match the avatar's character.
  • πŸ“ˆ Start with a basic AI presenter and move towards a fully customized avatar with your own voice for higher engagement.
  • πŸ’¬ Write or paste the script for your avatar to deliver, keeping in mind the character limit.
  • 🎭 Select an avatar's appearance and customize its voice to fit the context of your project.
  • πŸ“Ή Generate your presenter by spending credits within the D-ID app.
  • 🌐 Download the generated video and integrate it into your Canva project or website.
  • πŸ“ˆ The D-ID app offers a free tier with limited credits, after which you need to purchase a plan for continued use.
  • πŸ“š Experiment with different text and languages to create engaging and diverse content for your audience.

Q & A

  • What is the purpose of the tutorial?

    -The tutorial aims to guide users on how to create their own AI Avatars using D-ID and Canva for various applications, such as website presentation or educational content.

  • Which platforms are used to create the AI Avatars?

    -The platforms used to create the AI Avatars are Canva and an app called D-ID, which integrates with Canva.

  • What are the three levels of customization mentioned in the tutorial?

    -The three levels of customization are: 1) Using an AI presenter that is out of the box, 2) Creating an avatar that looks like a specific person by uploading a headshot, and 3) Creating an avatar with a custom voice by uploading a voice clip.

  • How does one connect their Canva account with D-ID?

    -To connect a Canva account with D-ID, users need to search for the D-ID extension within Canva, then connect their accounts, which may involve creating a D-ID account if one does not already exist.

  • What is the limit on the number of characters for the text that the AI presenter can deliver in Canva?

    -The limit on the number of characters for the text that the AI presenter can deliver in Canva is 500 characters.

  • How many credits are needed to generate a presenter in D-ID?

    -Generating a presenter in D-ID costs one credit.

  • What is the process to create a custom avatar that looks like a specific person?

    -To create a custom avatar, one must upload a clean headshot with a plain background, preferably white, and then select the desired voice and language for the avatar from the available options in D-ID.

  • How can users generate an AI presenter based on a specific prompt?

    -Users can generate an AI presenter based on a prompt by using the 'generate an AI presenter' feature on the D-ID website, where they can input a description or prompt to create a character that fits their needs.

  • What are the limitations of using AI-generated voices for the avatars?

    -The limitations of using AI-generated voices include the potential mismatch between the AI voice and the desired voice, as well as the limited number of voice styles and accents available for each language.

  • How can users add an AI presenter to their website?

    -Users can add an AI presenter to their website by generating the presenter in Canva or D-ID, downloading the video, and then uploading it to their website's media or content management system.

  • What is the significance of using AI presenters in presentations or on websites?

    -AI presenters can enhance user engagement by providing dynamic and interactive content. They can deliver information in a more personalized and appealing way, which can be particularly useful for tutorials, product demonstrations, and educational content.

  • How does the D-ID app extension in Canva work with credits?

    -The D-ID app extension in Canva allows users to generate presenters for free, but they are limited by the number of credits they have. Each generation of a presenter costs one credit, and once the credits are exhausted, users need to purchase a paid plan to continue using the service.



πŸ˜€ Introduction to Avatar Creation with Canva and DID App

Rodney's AI Avatar, Ron, introduces the tutorial, explaining that it will guide viewers on creating their own avatars using Canva and the DID app. The tutorial is divided into three customization levels, starting with an AI presenter that's ready to use and culminating in an avatar with a personalized voice. The process begins with connecting a Canva account to a DID account and selecting a presenter from the available options.


πŸ“ Customizing the AI Presenter's Text and Language

The second step involves writing or pasting the text for the AI presenter to deliver. The presenter's language and voice can be chosen from a wide array of options, including various English accents and other languages. The speaker, Ronnie, chooses a British English accent for the presenter named Ryan and customizes the voice style to 'cheerful'. The text is previewed, and the speaker is satisfied with the tone and expressiveness of Ryan's voice.


🎬 Generating and Integrating the AI Presenter into a Website

After setting up the presenter's text and voice, the speaker generates the character using the DID app's credits system. The generated presenter, Ryan, is then integrated into a website project. The speaker demonstrates how to upload and insert the presenter video into a frame on the website, positioning it to be one of the first elements visitors see.


πŸ–ΌοΈ Creating a Custom Avatar with a Personal Photo

The speaker moves on to the second level of customization, which involves creating an avatar that resembles himself and Diana. To do this, clean headshots with a plain background are required. The speaker shows how to use Canva's background remover feature to prepare photos for avatar creation. He then uploads the photos to create custom avatars for himself and Diana, selecting appropriate voices for each.


🎭 Exploring Voice Options and Generating a Custom Greeting

The speaker discusses the limitations of voice options within the Canva extension and demonstrates a trick to find a closer match to Diana's voice by choosing a Spanish voice from Colombia. He also experiments with different languages and accents for fun. The speaker then moves to the third level of customization, which involves using the DID website to upload a pre-recorded voice clip. He creates a custom greeting for a set of slides from a webinar and uploads the voice clip to match his own voice to the avatar.


πŸ“ˆ Finalizing the Presentation and Exploring Additional Features

The speaker finalizes the avatar's integration into the presentation, showing how to download and add the generated video to a Canva presentation. He also explores an additional feature on the DID website that allows for the generation of new presenters based on textual prompts, experimenting with various character ideas. The tutorial concludes with a reminder to subscribe to the channel and a reference to other generative AI videos available in the playlist.


πŸ“Ή Conclusion and Next Steps

The speaker wraps up the tutorial by thanking viewers for watching and encouraging them to explore the generative AI playlist for more similar content. He expresses his satisfaction with the tutorial outcome and looks forward to the next video, leaving viewers with resources to continue learning about AI tools.



πŸ’‘AI Avatar

An AI Avatar, as mentioned in the video, refers to a digital representation of a person that can be controlled or directed by an artificial intelligence system. In the context of the video, the AI Avatar is created to provide information and interact on a website, enhancing user engagement. The creation process involves choosing a presenter's appearance and defining the script for the AI to follow.


D-ID is an application that integrates with Canva and allows users to create AI presenters or avatars. It is used in the video to generate AI Avatars that can speak and present information. The app is connected to a Canva account, and it provides various customization options, including voice and language selection.


Canva is a graphic design platform used to create visual content such as presentations, social media graphics, and websites. In the video, Canva is used in conjunction with the D-ID app to design the presentation and to integrate the AI Avatars into the project. Canva's drag-and-drop feature allows users to easily place the generated AI presenters into their designs.

πŸ’‘Customization Levels

The video outlines three levels of customization for creating AI Avatars. The first level involves using an AI presenter that is pre-set with limited customization. The second level allows for more customization, such as uploading a personal photo to create an avatar that looks like a specific person. The third level is the most customized, where the user can use their own voice for the AI presenter, providing a higher level of personalization.

πŸ’‘Voice Style

Voice style refers to the tonality and expressiveness of the AI presenter's speech. In the video, the creator selects different voice styles for the AI Avatar, such as 'cheerful' or 'robotic,' to match the desired tone for the message being conveyed. This adds a layer of personality to the AI presenter.

πŸ’‘Language Selection

Language selection is a feature that allows users to choose the language and accent for their AI presenter. The video demonstrates how to select from a wide range of languages and accents, which can be used to make the AI presenter more relatable to a diverse audience or to add diversity to the content.

πŸ’‘Credits System

The credits system in the D-ID app is a way to manage the usage of the service. Each generation of an AI presenter costs a certain number of credits. The video explains that users have a limited number of free credits and can purchase more if they wish to continue using the service beyond the free tier.

πŸ’‘Background Remover

The background remover is a feature in Canva that allows users to remove the background from an image, which is useful for creating clean headshots for the AI Avatar. In the video, it is used to prepare a photo for uploading into D-ID by removing an unwanted background, ensuring the headshot has a plain background for optimal results.


Text-to-speech (TTS) technology is used in the video to convert the written script into spoken words for the AI presenter. The D-ID app allows users to input text and then choose a voice and language for the AI to speak the text, creating a dynamic presentation.

πŸ’‘Avatar Integration

Avatar integration is the process of adding the AI presenter into a project, such as a website or presentation. The video demonstrates how to take the generated AI presenter video and place it into a Canva design, which can then be used for various purposes like marketing or educational content.

πŸ’‘AI Presenter Generator

The AI Presenter Generator is a tool within the D-ID app that allows users to create custom AI Avatars. The video walks through the steps of using this tool, from selecting a presenter's appearance to recording and uploading a custom voiceover, showcasing how users can generate personalized AI presenters for various applications.


Create a personalized AI Avatar using D-ID and Canva to enhance presentations and tutorials.

Connect your Canva account with D-ID to start creating avatars.

Select from a diverse range of pre-made presenters or create a custom avatar that looks like you.

Use Canva's text box feature to script what your AI presenter will say, limited to 500 characters.

Choose from a wide array of languages and accents to give your avatar a global appeal.

Select a voice style for your presenter to match the tone of your content.

Preview the speech to ensure the voice and style align with your expectations.

Generate your presenter with one click, costing one credit.

Use the generated video in your Canva project by uploading it to your document.

Customize further by uploading a headshot to create an avatar that resembles you or a colleague.

Utilize Canva's background remover feature for a clean headshot, if necessary.

Explore different voice options to find the best match for your character, even if it's not an exact match.

Upload your own voice recording to D-ID for a more personalized avatar experience.

Integrate the AI presenter into a website or presentation for an interactive user experience.

Use the AI presenter to deliver parts of a presentation or tutorial for a more engaging audience.

Experiment with the AI generator to create unique characters based on specific prompts.

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