What will we be learning?
In this video tutorial, I will be showing you how to use a new software, canva, to create awesome web graphics and graphic designs. Wether you’re creating logos, blog graphics, info graphics, social media headers, or advertisements, we GUARANTEE people will ask you where you got them. The professional designs and easy to use interface will surprise even the most seasoned veterans.
Why is canva important? How can I benefit from canva?
Canva is the #1 choice for website graphic design. No matter what you’re trying to make, you can benefit from Canva. And that’s a guarantee. I guarantee that you can create professional graphics in less than 5 min or your money back 🙂 Oh wait! Canva is 100% free!
So I got in a couple of questions lately about how I made certain graphics on my website. And the one that people have been actually asking about are these ones right here. These, kind of these header logo banner style graphics, kind of almost like ads.
And what is, is simply just kind of like an ad for the wordpress course. The video tutorials that I offer. It’s kind of just an ad for that to link to a landing page that I have. And so people have been asking about this one and also the one that I have after the post.
And in my opinion they are quite professionally done. It looked pretty nice. But the thing is they are actually very very simple to make. I actually made them in about 1 to 2 minutes. The longest part that it took was what I actually wanted to write on there.
But to actually make it, it was very very simple. And actually the program that I used, it wasn’t Photoshop, it wasn’t illustrator. It was something much much easier than those. And it is something that I use for blog images every single day.
And that toll that we are going to be using is called canva and I did a little blog entry before, kind of a review of this before. But this time I want to actually show you how to create some of these illustrations or photos.
And these took very very little time to make and they are very easy to use. It’s literally a drag and drop interface. So I want to just show you how exactly it make it. Before we do that, let’s talk a little bit about what some of these things are.
So let’s go in into our actual main page of canva and we will see that this is where we would log in. and I am not too sure. This is in a beta stage of the website and they say to give accounts, they have five accounts left. So I am not too sure, maybe they are restricting access now or maybe they are going to charge in the future.
But for right now it’s free to use. It’s very simple to use. And I think that it has a lot of potential in the future. But pretty much what you do here is you can select different sizes. This is a Google plus photo. Its 1240 by 700, social media photo 800 by 800. They just have different sizes you can chose from.
Let’s just choose any of them. The one that we are going to do is social media. And so from what it’s going to do, it’s going to give us a blank canvas to work with. And you will see that there are different layouts, so these are kind of templates or themes like in wordpress.
That’s you can just click and edit from there, right. If you wanted to start from something and just make small changes from there, feel free to do that as well. There is different text that you can add, different little blocks of quote in different badges. They have different backgrounds to use.
So what are going to do is, we are just going to add that same background that we had in our original banner ad. But one thing I want to mention is this bottom right corner. You see, it’s free for all these ones and its 1$ for the bottom right.
So the canva has a freemium business module where, for the majority or not the majority, maybe there is a lot of things that are free. A lot of things that you can easily make beautiful graphics with, that are free. And then they have other ones that are charged, just a dollar to pat for them.
So, yeah you know, very very, still there is a lot of things to choose that are free. You saw there was a lot of text that was free as well and different layouts and different pictures. And so you know, there are many things that you can make from here. But yeah, that’s kind of their freemium module.
So the first thing that we are going to do is we are going to add a little text widget. And so what I am going to do is I am just going to copy the text over. And we are going to actually do it here. Alright so what we are going to do is copy the text over and you can just drag it, right.
Drag it to make it a little bit bigger. And we will see what the font was that alpha slab 1. And see that there is so many fonts that you can choose from. That you literally can make anything you want. And I believe the size of the actual font was 36. So we will change that as well.
And we will just drag it over to make it a little bit bigger so everything can fit inside. And you can just drag it up to wherever you wanted to go. And so the next thing that I want to show you is how to add this picture, that picture in the corner.
So what we are going to do here is just search for it. So you are going to search for something and where I found it was in technology. You see there is many different shapes, lines, banners, buttons that you can choose from. And so we are just going to drag it and drop it in.
And here, you can just make it a little bit smaller, so it just fits better. And I kind of liked it in that corner where it was kind of visible, kind or not. So it just doesn’t distract from the main purpose of your website. And here you can drag a photo or upload your own.
And that’s what we had before as we actually had a picture of the actual wordpress course. As you can see, you are just going to drag and drop it in and it formats everything for you.
And so the next thing that I want to do is let’s try to get one of these text boxes. We may not do both of them just because they are exactly the same. We just add a subtitle right here. And we will double click it and paste it in.
Ok. And paste it in. and we will extend it so it’s a little bit bigger. And if I recall correctly, it was Lucida light or lilitha one. That was the font that we used. And it should update. It takes a little bit of time for it to upload. Sometimes it’s a little bit slower.
But yeah, we will just put that right here. And the thing that I did miss though is if we wanted to add that little line. If we looked in our demo, we have a little bit of a line, kind of a break that we can add. So how do we add that?
So we go into search and we scroll up into lines. And there is literally hundreds of lines that you can choose from or dividers that you can choose from. Let’s just choose any of them. We will grab this one and we just pop it in right there.
And so that’s pretty much it. Now let’s just. We could add the additional text right here. But I am not going to do that, not for this video simply because it’s exactly the same. But yeah, you can add it right here. Choose whichever font you want.
Let’s just add a button. And so the button that we are going to do, we are just going to click buttons, and we are just going to drag it and drop it in. same thing as the font, you can resize it to however big you want. And we are just going to shrink it down a little bit.
And when we double click on it, we should be able to just change the font of it. Let’s just say, join now. And we will move this up to this side like that. And so if you want to just, you know, export this right now, you can perfectly just export it right now.
You can add more text, whatever you want to change, you know, it’s very easy to do. You can just slide things over. Just move them over however you want. But in order to actually publish this, there is one or two ways.
Because this, we use all free images, you know, you can just publish it right here. We just press link and publish. And then you can publish the image. And it says that you are able to publish this on free of charge, it’s going to use only one free account for element and your own images.
If you do end up using any other elements that are charged, you will get charged by that. And so you can download it right there and then it will open up in your viewer, in your preview, whatever program that you use.
And you can just screenshot form here. Or you can just screenshot directly from the canva website simply because we use all free graphics. Anyways, so it doesn’t really matter. We are not cheating the system or doing anything that we shouldn’t be doing.
So that’s fairly simple, fairly good looking graphic in my opinion. You can use this for making, if you want to make ad banners, you know, header images or even if you just want to make simple blog images, kind of like for your, you know the featured image or thumbnails and things like that.
You know, definitely very doable with the canva website, very easy to use interface and really there is no, learning that you have to do. It’s all right here for you.