Use Canva To Create Custom Graphics For Your Blog

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Canva is a free tool that allows you to create custom graphics that look professional within minutes instead of hours.

The best part about Canva is that it doesn’t require any specialized knowledge to use.

Whether you are a web designer, graphic designer or a complete novice, Canva is one of the easiest tools for you to create breathtaking designs, artwork and visuals for your blog.

Why I recommend Canva

canva

Canva is a free graphic design tool that is designed for beginners.

Although it is designed with beginners in mind, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be used by professionals.

Canva is making design amazingly simple for everyone, and both professionals and beginners can use it to create amazing graphics within seconds.

The best part about Canva is that it offers hundreds of different templates for many different purposes. Whether you need a thumbnail for your latest blog post or want to design a quote to post on Instagram, Canva has got you covered.

It allows you to choose from hundreds of ready-made templates. And if you are ready to get your hands dirty, you can start from scratch and build something on your own.

I love Canva and use it all the time! (FYI most graphics on this blog are created with Canva.) I recommend using this tool to design graphics for your blog because it is both free and very easy to use for beginners.

When you design a graphic on your own, you need to know what size is required for the graphic based on the platform.

For example, the size of graphics required for Instagram is totally different from Facebook and both are totally different from blog thumbnails.

But when you use Canva, you don’t need to worry about it because they offer free templates for all types of designs and these templates are sized based on the platform they are for.

Let’s design a blog thumbnail (AKA how to use Canva)

To create a blog thumbnail, first select the blog banner template from the home screen:

canva guide

Now, choose a template for your blog thumbnail from the left sidebar (unless you want to make one from scratch):

Once the template is loaded click the Text Heading to select it:

Now, click the ungroup button in the top bar to be able to edit the text:

Now, double-click the text to edit it, and then enter the Title and Subtitle for your post:

Once you are happy with what you see, click the download button to download the graphic file so you can upload it to your blog or to a social network:

download your canva design

And here's a video showing you how to do this:

If you need more help then Canva has an entire section packed with tutorials to help you create blog and social media banners, worksheets, ebook covers, infographics, background images and more. If you prefer videos, check out their YouTube channel.

Now you know more about creating custom images and graphics for your blog, but what about icons?

Use The Noun Project to find icons

When trying to describe something, it is better to show than tell. Thus goes the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

One of the easiest ways to make your blog more visually appealing is to use icons on your blog. You can use icons to describe concepts or to make your headings look more appealing.

Unless you are a designer, you may not be able to create your own icon. To help you cross this obstacle, let me introduce you to The Noun Project:

the noun project

The Noun Project is a curated collection of over 2 million icons that you can download and use on your blog.

Whatever icon you need for your blog, I guarantee you can find it on The Noun Project website.

The best part about Noun Project is that all the icons are available for free if you give credit to the respective creator of the icon.

download free icons

The icons on this site are designed by thousands of individual designers around the world.

Moreover, if you aren’t interested in crediting the author, you can buy a subscription or buy credits you can redeem to download and use icons for royalty-free without crediting the real author.

The Noun Pro subscription costs only $39 per year. If you are ready to up your icons game on your blog, then consider going pro.

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