Canva will make you a graphic artist, too!
First, let me tell you a few of secrets to become a graphic artist.
- Canva.com is free, so they did not pay me a dime to write this post.
- I am not a graphic artist. (Maybe you can tell that already.) Just so you know, I rarely got more than a C grade in art for anything except enthusiasm.
Easy steps to creating a graphic
- Templates start your graphic artist skills on the right page. Start with a size template for what you want to create. There are tons of choices. Facebook banners, trifold brochures, flyers, I’ve tried most of them. The one you see above is a blog graphic. It’s bigger than most pictures that you might use on your blog, so I don’t use as many pictures. It creates a more professional look, I think.
- Next, I browse through the layout templates. Most of them are free. Generally, the ones that cost something charge for the photograph parts of the design. Photos usually only cost $1. This is most valuable for me because I am design challenged. Notice how a graphic artist uses shapes. Look at the colors they put together. Most of the time I would never choose the colors they do, but that’s what makes them graphic artists, and me a dud.
- I have tons of pictures, so I usually use my own pictures, but placement is key. Framing is key. If you use a frame, load it by clicking on it first, then upload and drag your picture over to the frame. As soon as it hits the canvas – pop – it snaps into the frame. It is sooo magical.
- Look at where the text appears and what font they are using. Some of the fonts come inside a graphic or sign shape. These fonts are not always available, and I have not found a way to cut and paste just the text. But no matter, there are plenty of others to choose from.
- At the top on the right are five choices: copy, arrange, transparency, link and delete. Since everything is layered, I use “arrange” a lot. I’ve never thought about using “transparency,” but it would be an easy way to add a watermark to a photo if you do not have Photoshop or a photo processing program.
- When you learn from Canva, you will spot tricks that a graphic artist does. For example, it is stylish now to put a transparent shape on top of your photo. Canva can do that.
- Once you finish your design I usually download it as a jpeg because that is easier to post on social media, including your blog. However, if you are printing a brochure I would download it as a pdf with the bleed marks on it.
You may already be using Canva.com for your graphics. I learned about it this summer from Hack the Entrepreneur, which I bookmarked. Rarely a week goes by that I do not use Canva for something. Sometimes I use Photoshop first, but text comes out much clearer using Canva than Photoshop, so I usually finish in Canva. Now I am a graphic artist – just like you! 🙂
- Julie Stonian from Fabulous Blogging has 20 tips.
- Patrice P. of Creative Genius society lets you know the legalities of using Canva. Primarily this is an issue of using photos, so I use mostly my own.
- Here is the video Canva produced to use Canva.
- Dornubari explains a few of the tools and discusses the Canva Design School.
- How to Post to Multiple Social Media Accounts and Still Breathe Canva makes your life so much easier when you learn a few simple steps.
- Seven Tips for Using Photos in Your Blog Photos are as essential to blogging as food is to living. You can do without them for a while, but eventually your blog will die.
If you have tips about Canva, be sure to leave them in the comment box. If this helped you, feel free to share it with others by email or social media. I’d be so proud to help someone. It’s not hard, but I stumbled a few times.