Free Graphic Design Tools - A Canva Tutorial
Graphic design scares people, so here's a free graphic design tutorial using Canva to create stunning blog graphics EASILY!
Don't have a blog yet? Start one today using WordPress or Squarespace. I've got both tutorials that break it down into easy steps!
Free Graphic Design Tools
There are a ton of tools out there that you can choose from. Personally, I use Photoshop to create my blog graphics and edit photos.
Other bloggers I've spoken too use Canva, Vectr, Crello, Gimp, Lightroom and Picmonkey. Canva, Vectr, Crell and Gimp are free, while the others require some sort of payment, either in full or membership.
Some bloggers only use their phone's editing function, which makes everything super simple editing-wise. I just think I'd be bothered by the constant transfer of items from phone to computer (where I do all my blog work).
Canva is free (for the most part), so I'm going to show you how to use it in the most simple way to create those stunning pin graphics that you see floating around Pinterest - the ones you wanna click!
Canva Tutorial for Pinterest Pin Graphics
In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create this graphic:
When you first sign up for Canva, you'll see this page. Select the type of design you want to create.
To create a pin graphic, choose Social Graphic > Pinterest Graphic. You can also click Play with Canva to create your own design and customize the size of the graphic.
If you have a graphic that you want to customize, you can upload that here. Once the photo is uploaded, drag it onto the white box. Here, you can resize the image to fit the white box.
TIP: Resize here so that the image is larger when you download it, instead of cropping the white parts out later. You can always shrink the image when you upload to your blog. This helps to preserve the image better.
I like to add my website at the bottom of each graphic. This is kind of my watermark as well as a big sign for people to go to my site to see more.
To add the bar at the bottom, click the Elements tab and select one of the colored boxes. Here, I chose the pink/purple one.
Resize the image by dragging the dots on the corners and sides of the box until you have the size you want.
To add text, click the Text tab and select the style you want. Pull the dots on the side to res-size the text. Canva is a bit temperamental, so try not to throw stuff at your monitor while you try to re-arrange and stretch things.
...not that I would know. Maybe.
Use the Customization bar at the top to change the font, size, color, spacing of your text.
To add a transparent backdrop on the image, click the Elements tab and select the first white box. Resize the box and on the top right, click Arrange > Back. This will place the box behind the pink bar.
Click the pixel-looking box to change the Transparency of the box. I set mine to 50.
Go to the Text tab to add your catch phrase. Canva won't allow you to change the color of parts of a text group. My solution was to insert a blank space where the word "Gorgeous" then insert another text box with the word changed to a yellow color.
If you didn't already resize the image, you can do so now by selecting all the items and dragging the circles on the corner. This way, everything gets resized together.
Download your image and save as PNG for the best quality.
You're done! Now you can go out and make tons of insanely gorgeous graphics to promote your blog posts.