Easily create stunning graphics even if you’re a beginner
It doesn’t matter if you feel like you don’t have an eye for design, there are other ways you could create graphics for your website, social media, blog etc., if you’re absolutely *clueless*. Nope, you don’t have to learn the ins and outs of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or any other software, because we all know how daunting it can be especially if you have no previous experience of creating any sort of graphics.
There are other options and one very popular one at that. Canva is a great tool to use if you’re unfamiliar with the design world because they offer you a wide array of design options to use.
Canva has a search bar where you could easily search exactly the type of graphic you’re looking for. Looking for an Instagram Story post? They have the exact dimension that you could use for that. Once you find the graphic you’re looking for and its dimensions, Canva gives you the option to use one of their “Premade Templates” or create your own. These Premade Template are great because all you have to do is switch out the colors and or any elements and text that the Premade Template might have in order to make it your own.
How to use a Premade Template:
1. Use the search bar to find the dimension for the graphic you’re trying to make.
2. Once it takes you to the graphic, it’ll be blank
3. On the left side of your screen find the Premade Templates and start Designing!
How to create your own graphic:
Canva makes it easy for its users to be able to change anything from your graphic like being able to change the background color, the text, add any elements you wish, resize any elements.
1. How to change the background color:
You can easily change the background color by using the color wheel or make your life easier and create your own brand colors which is such a great time saving tool if you’re constantly making graphics.
2. How to add text:
You can easily add any text, resize it and center it.
3. Add elements to your graphic:
You are also able to add elements to your graphic to make it more unique.
4. Adding a background image and positioning the image:
Depending on the element you’re adding to your graphic and whether you want to have it in the background. Canva gives you the option to easily position the element to the back of the text.
Once you’re all done with your graphic you can download it. Keep in mind that in order to use Canva’s transparent background PNG option you must either upgrade or do their free 30-day Canva for Work trial. If you don’t need the transparent background, you have the option to download your image in regular PNG or JPG.
Another benefit with the Canva for Work option is that you get to use the “magic resize” feature where you can resize one of your graphics to fit another graphic.
Say you want an Instagram post to be a Facebook post. The “magic resize” will do that instantly.
All in all, Canva is a great alternative to using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and its absolutely amazing for beginners. I use it to create my graphics for my Premade Squarespace Templates that way when you’re DIY your website you won’t have trouble creating any of the graphics.
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