As a Newbie Blogger, I had done years of reading and research. It was overwhelming to say the least.
Where to start? Well, just take a deep breath, let it out, and jump in. This has been my rationale on starting my blog from day one. It may not be the biggest and best out there, but by-golly I’m working on it. While I’ve been trying to make at least a post a week (haha), I have totally ignored the appearance of the whole site. I need A LOGO! Many blog help posts suggest having a logo to brand yourself. It’s an image others can associate you with, so they know who the heck you are when your ‘business’ magically appears in the World Wide Web. I, for one, have plenty of knowledge on graphic design, and with the right programs could conjure up something decent. However, I do not have access to these pricey programs any longer…what to do, what to do?
Whats that, you say? Well sister (or brother), let me tell ya. I was kinda jelly of other blogger’s awesome, eye-catching graphics. I know, I know… I’m not comparing myself to others, but dang. I want some pop, ya feel me? I went straight to the App Store on my iPad. I use the iPad for E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G!!! Don’t believe me? Just ask the man of the house. I searched for graphics apps, and Canva was high on the list with the most positive reviews. I have been using Canva for about a month now and have created my logo, graphics for such posts as Floral Arrangements Made Easy and Loss is Painful.
Canva has templates for Pinterest, Facebook, business cards, and much more also. You can even make a custom sized graphic for whatever you need.
I made this 4″x6″ poster in a flash on my phone using Canva for the DAV Yeti raffle we hosted this past week.
I’m going to walk you through an Instagram post template. Oh this is going to be fun!! I’ll use the graphic we build here for this blog post!! Here we go!
1. Select a design template.
I have selected the Instagram Post template. You can see what has been selected at the top of the screen: Instagram Post – Untitled Design. Tap on the design name at the top to change the name of the design. I generally name my designs something that pertains to what their use is. This one I’ll call Canva Post.
2. Lets choose a layout.
The menu on the far left you see has different tasks you can perform on your design. In the photo above, I have selected the layout tab. Another menu pops up. Scroll through the menu until you find a layout you like. For grins, I’m going to choose this birthday one. It’s bright and eye-catching. All parts of the layout can be altered, so don’t worry if it doesn’t match your exact expectation.
Notice that the image side of the layout has a grid pattern and Canva logo on it. This image is owned by Canva and is subject to costs. That’s ok! We are going to replace it with one of their free images. Go ahead and click on the search tab.
3. Inserting images.
In the search tab, there are other tabs. You see three of them in the image above: Free Photos, Grids, Frames. For this design, I chose free photos to replace that cupcake. I chose the ferris wheel as it has the blue background and an implied ‘C’ shape for Canva. After all, I’m giving them a little love here. By touching it and holding it down, you can then move it over the area where the cupcake was, and it locks itself into place. Viola!!
4. Changing the text.
I also changed some of the text in the thin blue box. To change text, just tap on the text and type in what you want. I can’t say it enough; it’s EASY!! Now, see the menu on top of the graphic? (See photo above) It allows you to do several things to individual pieces of the graphic. I have the blue box highlighted, so it will allow me to copy the box, move it above or below other items by layer, delete the item, and change its color and opacity. Play around with it and see what you like. You can even change the font in another menu that appears on the keyboard.
5. Almost Done!!
Once you have everything situated just the way you like it, it is time to download your image. There are several ways to do this. Again, I am using an iPad to do everything, so my downloading options may vary from an android version. At the top of the screen you see the share and download buttons. The download button gives you two options: download image and download PDF. I click on the download image as it automatically saves to my photo gallery on my iPad. I can then go into my WordPress based blog app and insert the image wherever I need it. That’s it! Say it with me: It’s EASY!!
You can also share the image in an email, message, and even to WordPress. However, I have noticed these options will only take you to the app through a link, or in the case of sharing it to WordPress, it created a whole new blog post.