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Canva is an excellent design tool for small business owners. Canva allows you to create graphics easily and quickly! And, their handy app makes it convenient for you to work on the go. This blog post will show you the basic steps to use Canva for your small business to create stunning graphics for your website and social media platforms easily and efficiently. Let’s take a look at how to use Canva for beginners and how it can help your small business needs.
As I discussed in a previous blog post, 8 Important Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Be Using Canva, this graphic design tool can be a huge time saver for creating graphics for your website. With Canva’s premade templates, it takes no time at all to add your own images, fonts, and branding colors so that your website has a cohesive aesthetic.
Of course, there are other features that are not mentioned for sake of keeping this tutorial simple.
For the purpose of this How To Use Canva For Beginners tutorial, I will show you how to create an Instagram graphic. This will show you the basics of Canva and help you get started! Of course, if you need additional tutorials, you can visit Canva.com and review their extensive tutorial collection.
Click the “Create A Design” box in the upper right-hand corner next to your profile image.
Choose Instagram Post from the drop-down menu, or you can type Instagram into the search box. As you can see, there are different premade templates to choose from.
You can use the blank canvas that Canva provides, or they have premade templates to choose from. Click “Templates” from the left side menu to see the different template Instagram graphics.
In this tutorial, we will be using the blank canvas.
Choose your background color by clicking “background.”
I chose the light color gradient background.
Add your text to your Canva graphic. You can choose from premade font combinations, or if you have a branding font, you add it to Canva, and it will show under your business name like mine does in this image.
Choose which font you would like to use by clicking on the font. It will then add it to your canvas. I chose the “Merry Christmas” premade font.
You will see lines appear after you add your font to your blank canvas. Start typing your own text into the blue box. You can drag the outside of your text box (the blue lines) to make your graphic bigger or smaller by placing your cursor over one of the edge markers (dot and horizontal line).
You can click on your box and purple lines will appear. These purple lines are to help you center your text.
Next, add your URL to the bottom of the graphic by following the above step. I simply chose a smaller front.
Before clicking the download button to save, make sure you change your file name at the top (next to SHARE) using keywords. Finish and save by clicking the Download button. I always choose “JPEG.” PNG images can slow down your website and take too long to load. Then click the Download button at the bottom. This will save it to your device.
Once you get the hang of it, you can create your very own premade templates. That way, all you have to do is change your text, image, and colors. This is very handy when having to create fresh pins for Pinterest.
You can also purchase premade Canva templates and download them straight to your Canva account for those of you who do not want to spend the time creating your own graphics.
I have premade templates that are easy to customize, and you can use them with the free version of Canva. Get yours HERE.
I hope this tutorial, How To Use Canva For Beginners, encourages you to take a look at Canva and give it a go! If you are starting out and would like to test drive Canva, you can do so for free. Then, once you are comfortable, you can upgrade your Canva package. This will include millions of images, allow you to add team members, and so much more! What are your thoughts on Canva? Do you currently use Canva? Comment and let me know!
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