Recently I’ve gotten some comments and compliments (thank you!) on my blog graphics and banners, and people have been wondering what site I use to make them. I wanted to share with you Canva, the website, and talk about the reasons I love it, and what it offers!
I discovered Canva right when I started blogging by Googling about free graphic design websites. I am very familiar with Adobe Photoshop from taking an advertising and graphic design course at my school, but I don’t own it for myself as it is outrageously expensive! I’m not very handy at drawing and creating art on the computer either, so premade clipart is a godsend! I’ve found Canva to be a wonderful alternative when it comes to making blog graphics. The user interface is very simplistic, and everything is so easy to use. It’s great for both experienced designers that want to make quick and easy graphics, but also newbies that have never designed before! I particularly like their Design School which offers a bunch of quick tutorials for creating graphics with Canva.
Here are a few of my favorite things that Canva offers!
- The site gives you the opportunity to choose from preset graphic options such as Social Media button, Facebook Covers and Posts, Instagram posts, Blog Graphics, Twitter Post, Business Cards, etc.! But you can also use custom dimensions (in pixels, millimeters, or inches) to create things like blog banners so that your graphic will fit perfectly with your site or whatever else you want to use it for!
- There are tons of free clip art and shapes that are available for use. And if there is something you want to use that is paid, it costs only $1.00. (Every graphic that I’ve made with Canva has been all free elements or my own images, or clip art that I’ve found online for free.)
- That brings me to another great feature: you can upload any of your own images (like vectors, pictures, etc.) to use in your projects.
- There are so many different fonts you can use for text, and they keep adding more!
- For those of you that don’t want to work too hard with your design: there are templates that you can use and customize to fit your needs, but you still have the basics already done for you!
- When you’re all finished it gives you the option to download your graphic as either an image (png) or a PDF file. I’ve done both and they download just as clear and beautiful as on the site.
Those are just a few of the reasons why I LOVE Canva, but I’m sure if you check it out yourself you’ll find many more reasons to love it too!
What program or site do you use to make blog graphics?