Every blogger knows that having photos and/or graphics in your blog posts is a must. What is the graphic design challenged blogger (like myself) to do? Thankfully there are resources available (some of which were mentioned here). Today I am going to go a bit more in depth in one of the resources that has really helped me lately. Canva has become one of my go to sites for blog graphics. I hope this easy how to guide helps you. I’m going to do a walk through on how I created my own photo graphic and how I created one using one of Canva’s layouts.
One of my favorite things about Canva is its ease of use. Upon landing on their homepage, you can choose what size graphic you want to create. If you are trying to promote your blog posts on Pinterest, Canva will provide you with the perfect sized template to do so.
Creating My Own Graphic
You can start by uploading the photo of your choice (1). Next, adjust your photo by dragging the corners to get the size you would like or use the circular arrow to rotate the photo (2).
Next, you want to choose a text overlay to add to your photo.
Adjust the size and placement of the overlay. You are able to switch fonts if you so desire. In order to do this, click on “Oswald” (the font choice for this text overlay) and new font choices load. You will also see that you can adjust the font size at the same time.
One of my favorite things about Canva is the way you can customize everything. In order to keep some consitency throughout my blog, I often try to use the same color throughout my posts. Whenever I can, I change the color to achieve that cohesive look.
In the above photo I manually entered the hex code for the color that matches my blog theme. I found my hex code under Appearance>>Widgets>>Social Media Icons. I know you can find it elsewhere but I wanted mine to match that and it was an easy way to access the hex code. The color wheel above is blocking the “+” sign in the color section. You can access that by clicking on the colored circle (see the green circle below).
I added a second text overlay and changed the size (1) and the color (2).
Once my design was finished, I saved it and downloaded it. Graphic complete!
Creating a Graphic Using Canva Layouts
Canva offers a wide assortment of free and paid layouts to choose from. I have yet to purchase a layout. I prefer to use their layouts with my own photos uploaded. In my opinion their layouts have great text overlays.
After choosing your layout you can tweak it to match your tastes. Keep in mind that if there are filters applied to their layout, the filter will be applied to the photo you upload. If you wish to change the filter it is simple to do. Click on filter and choose the one best for your design.
Choose the layout you would like to use. I chose the Bok Choy template. Your template will now be in the workspace area. Upload your photo and drag it on to the template in the work area.
Just like in the above section, you can now modify your font, size, color, and wording. You can delete sections of the text overlay that you do not want to use. Once your design is finished, you can save it and upload it. Another graphic completed!
There you have it….an easy how to guide to creating Canva graphics for your blog or social media sites. I love that sites like Canva are available because to me, they are so much less intimidating (not to mention much cheaper!) than Photoshop.
Being that I am still learning as I go (aren’t we all?), it’s important to note that Canva offers tutorials on their site. Canva offers so much that I think I have just begun to skim the surface!
Have you used Canva before? What do you use to create your blog graphics?