When you are just creating your website, trying to make it look professionally stunning can be challenging if you don’t have any experience in designing. Does this mean you need to outsource to professional designers? Of course not. In today’s article, I will show you how to create graphics for a website with Canva for free. This is going to be very exciting, so let’s get started.
What Is Canva?
Created in 2012 to assist university students in learning graphics, the Canva today is a designing app that contains millions of photographs and graphics that can be easily accessed, edited and published online.
Meanwhile, designers can also use it as a marketplace to showcase and sell their artwork. Currently, more than 4 million users (and growing) are benefiting from this app for the purpose of commerce, education and fun projects.
How Does It Work?
To use Canva, you need to create a user account first. Then, find the design that you want to make from any of these categories.
- Social Media Post (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)
- Documents (Presentation, Letterhead, Magazine Cover etc.)
- Blogging and eBooks (eBook, Kindle Cover, Infographic etc.)
- Marketing Materials (Poster, Business Card, Gift Certificate etc.)
- Social Media and Email Headers (Twitter Header, Google + Photo, Email Header etc.))
- Events (Invitation, Card, Photo Collage etc.)
- Ads (Facebook Ad, Wide Skyscraper etc.)
I am a big fan of using Pinterest for my online marketing, but I always feel that my graphics are somewhat lacking. So in this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to go about creating a good-looking graphic for one of my favorite post.
How to Create Graphics for a Website in 5 Steps
Step 1 – Select a Design
In this step, I have chosen a Pinterest Graphic which has the dimension of 735 px X 1102 px as my choice of design.
Step 2 – Select a Graphic Element
Now, I need to select the type of graphics to use on the blank template. There are many ways to do this and it’s all up to your creativity.
- Create your graphic from scratch by using elements such as frames, shapes, icons and photos.
- Use a pre-designed layout that can provide a nice framework for your graphic work.
- Add stylish text columns.
- Change the background to a color that you like.
- Or, upload your own images onto the template.
Step 3 – Edit The Graphic
In this example, I have chosen a pre-designed layout that I think is a nice fit for my Pinterest post. All I did was drag and drop the graphic onto the template and use the pop-up command box to edit the text.
Step 4 – Be Creative
I didn’t quite like the default text that come with the layout, so replaced it using the subheadings element, adding my own promotional text.
Step 5 – Publish It
See how nicely the image fit into my Pinterest post? Doesn’t that look professional or what? 🙂 I am actually quite happy with the overall result of the graphic creation. All I need to do now is to save it, attach the image to my article and publish it.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Canva designing app and the graphics that are marked ‘FREE’ are all free to use. The only time you have to pay is when you select a premium image from the library which will cost you $1. Even so, you get to try out the graphics first before making the purchase.
Let’s Hear What Some People Say About Canva…
Canva has indeed simplified the work of designing website content for many beginners. It is very easy to use;
And has most of the basic tools and graphics to help you create a stunning image – just like mine.
It’s also a great tool to post on your social media. You can learn more about this technique through the training at Wealthy Affiliate University. Click on the image below to see how you can get instant access to the webinar.
So, Is Canva Worthy of Your Time?
Do you remember how many times you tried to design something but can never find the right measurement? The fact that Canva has got all the designs pre-measured is a huge time saver for me. When you place all your graphic elements on the right template, you can’t go wrong, really.
Besides that, there are tons of free image resources to choose from and honestly, it’s not that expensive to pay $1 for a premium image either.
That image took me about 20 minutes to complete at zero cost and zero experience. It saves me from paying $5 on the same gig at Fiverr too. So I really like the fact that Canva can help to keep my start-up cost low as I move along to other project ideas for my website, such as creating ads and eBook cover.
I hope you have learned something new from this article and would consider using Canva for your website and product designing in the near future.
“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.” – Massimo Vignelli
Do you have any thoughts or questions about using Canva to create graphic for your website? Please leave your comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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