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Hey Loves! One of the most important things when it comes to blogging is the visual in terms of images, fonts and colours. Today I’m going to use a FREE tool to show you how to create custom images for your blog posts and the free tool I’m talking about is Canva. I know that not all the bloggers can’t afford to buy Photoshop or Illustrator to create blog graphics so I thought this post might be helpful.
The first step you have to do is to sign up in Canva, you can use it for free but it requires a registration which is good because it will make sure that you can find all your graphics in a specific place.
CREATE AN IMAGE
Once you have signed up, you’ll be directed to your design board – you’ll find many templates but the one I’m going to use today is Blog Graphic as you can see.
The default size of this template is 800 x 1200 pixels, if you want to customise the size using the same template then you’ll have to upgrade your account.
Once you’ve clicked on Blog Graphic, a new page will appear – you can see on the left hand side under the tab Layouts that there are multiple layout options, some of them are free and some are not.
You can choose any free templates you want, it’s up to you! I’m going to use the one shown as you can see, you only need to click on it once and it’ll automatically allow you to edit the template.
EDIT THE TEMPLATE
I’m pretty sure you can find many tutorials out there, if you would like an in-depth tutorial – let me know in the comments below and I can do a series of custom images for your blog posts with different templates and designs.
EDIT THE IMAGE
You have the option to add images from Canva, click on the tab Elements > Free Photos. As you can see, there are so many free images which are royalty free so you don’t need to worry about the copyright.
In addition, you can upload your own images which is what I’m going to do in this case. Click on the tab Uploads > Uploads > Upload your own images. Once you’ve uploaded your image, just click and drag the image into the template and it’ll automatically adjust the picture into the template.
You can double click on the picture to adjust the picture up to your preference. If you click on the picture, other options will appear such as transparency, filter, crop, etc. you can play around with them and see what you’d like to change.
EDIT THE SHAPE
If you click on the tab Elements > Shapes, you can add any shapes that Canva has provided to your templates. In this case, I’m not going to add any shades but I’m going to change the colour of the rectangle – click on the object and you’ll see a small square on the left hand side then you can change the colour.
EDIT THE TEXT
You can add text with different font styles using the tab Text, you can drag and drop the font style you like and add the text you want.
In this case, I’m not going to add any font styles – I’m going to use the default ones. Click on the text to edit it, as you can see there are multiple options for instance, the size, font, colour, etc. I’m not going to change any of that, I’m just going to change the text.
SAVE YOUR IMAGE
Once you’re satisfied with your image, you can proceed to download the final product. Click on the button Download and a window will pop up asking for the file type. In this case since it’s a file for the web, I’d recommend to choose JPG then click on download and that’s it!
HOW TO REUSE THE SAME TEMPLATE
If you have liked the template used and would like to use it again in the future, it’s pretty simple! Go back to your design board (simply click on the logo Canva) and then click on All Your Designs.
You will see the designs you have created in this case, it’s the template that I had created previously. You can click on the template if you would like to edit directly or you can duplicate the template which is better in my opinion. Hover the cursor over the image and click on the arrow which will appear on the top right side and click on the option Make a copy.
Et voilà !
Hope you found this post helpful and on a side note, if you were wondering why I didn’t write this post in French is because all the key points are in English so I didn’t see the point writing this blog post in French. If I do any tutorials in the future, it will be the same thing which I feel bad about but I hope you understand.
J’espère que vous avez trouvé cet article utile et sur une note, si vous vous demandiez pourquoi je n’ai pas écrit cette publication en français, c’est parce que tous les points clés sont en anglais, donc je n’ai pas vu le point d’écrire ce post en français. Si je fais des tutoriels à l’avenir, ce sera la même chose mais j’espère que vous comprenez.
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