Whether blogging, making social media posts, or even being a stay-at-home mom, graphic design skills can come in handy. You may be designing a blog header or an invitation to your child’s 12th birthday party. In either case, there’s a tool out there for you: Canva.
Canva is a free graphic design tool. It allows you to use images, illustrations, and text in any shape. It even offers templates of common social media sizes like an Instagram photo, Twitter header, Facebook ad, etc. I use it to make a lot of images for my blog.
When you first start using Canva, it offers a Design School that teaches you not only how to use the tool, but also tips on using it better. Here are a few of my tips for using Canva:
- Place a transparent square over an image to shade it an allow text to be seen over it.
- Use lines to create borders on word-y creations.
- To find images without violating copyright laws, change the “usage rights” on Google Search Tools. PR Daily has other good resources.
- Pair script fonts with non-script font.
- Use colors from the same family or opposite each other on the color wheel.
- Use only four different colors in one image.
- If using a plain background, use more interest fonts and colors.
- Check for typos in your creations.
- Always make sure you save your creations.
- Look up the color codes for colors you want instead of trying to make the right one on the color wheel.
Canva also has stock images, extra illustrations, text templates, etc. for $1 a piece. You pay once you download and have 24 hours to make edits without having to pay again. There is also a paid version of Canva that allows you to resize images, save templates, and have a custom brand kit.
If you have any Canva tips or questions, leave them in the comment section below.