Do you wonder how other people make those cool little images that seem to fit PERFECTLY into the social media post they have written? Well, one of my favourite, and possibly daily-used tool, on the internet, is Canva. You find it at www.canva.com
I use Canva to create images to go along with my blog posts, to create Instagram images, to create my Q&A questions for my weekly Twitter chat, and many many more tasks. So, I thought you would appreciate a little walkthrough of the video to see how to make images for yourself.
Create your free account – then click on Create Design. You have a list of options on the right hand side, from Facebook post to A4 file – if you click on the plus sign over at the far right, you will be given a lot more options including Pinterest friendly graphics and twitter image sizes.
You can choose free images from Canva themselves, or you can upload your own.
There are lots of excellent images in Canva to get you started. If you pick ‘Facebook Post’ as your design type, then the left hand menu will automatically appear with free or paid image options.
Select your free image (one with FREE in the right hand bottom corner of the image) and it will fill your post like this:
Now you can edit all the sections of that image. If you click on the text, you can put in your own text. You can change the colour scheme to fit your own.
Add a layer of text over your image and change the colour with the colour picker.To keep to your brand identity, choose your brand colours and fonts and stick to them all over your blog and social media. Click To Tweet
When you are happy with your image, click on Download at the right hand top menu and save as a PNG file. You are done. When you return to Canva, all your designs will be stored for you.
Try making a whole week’s worth of post images at a time to save yourself time. The free account will allow you to save three colours for your brand before having to upgrade to a paid account.
To watch a quick video tutorial on using Canva, see below.
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