You’ve probably already heard about Canva and how it’s an amazing FREE resource for bloggers. But in case you haven’t heard about it, let me introduce you.
Note: This is NOT an affiliate link post. I just love using Canva, and thought it beneficial to my lovely readers.
Canva is a free website for creating basically anything you want. It has thousands of templates for you to use, whether you are a blogger or need it for personal use. From calendars to business cards, the possibilities are endless.
But as a blogger, Canva is dear to my heart. It allows me to create graphics for my blog for free without worrying about having to pay a subscription. It does have a business plan called Canva for Work that is still very cheap (about $13), and you can pay that monthly or sign up for the annual fee, which would come to about $10 per month.
If you are just starting out as a newbie blogger, you’re going to want to use Canva for a few basic things:
- Your logo
- A thumbnail
- A blog header (optional)
- A signature
Canva comes with a lot of different fonts to use, so you don’t need to worry about trying to purchase one. There is an option to upload fonts if you did happen to buy a few. And if you need stock photos, Canva has a fairly large database. I don’t use that feature very often, as I like to find photos on Unsplash or take my own and then upload those into Canva to create graphics.
Youtube has some great tutorials on what to do specifically to create graphics on Canva for your blog. So I’ll let you research those.
But another awesome feature is the “Your Brand” tab, which allows you to set a default font, colors, and you can upload any logos there, so that they are all in one place, making it extremely convenient when creating new projects. The font and logos section is part of the paid plan, but it’s still great having the basic colors right at your fingertips.
I also use Canva to create my Pinterest graphics. There are templates for all social media posts and headers for you to choose from, depending on what platforms you use. There is even an Instagram post template. Once you click on a template, it will come up as blank on the screen, but on the side, there are already pre-made designs ready to go, so you can use those as a base for your projects. You can also use Canva to create freebies, like ebooks, worksheets, etc.
Of course, there are a few drawbacks with using Canva. For example, you’ll start noticing other bloggers who use the same fonts and stock photos or who have created logos similar to yours. But it’s still a great resource until you have the time and energy to shoot your own photos or pay a professional photographer, and also when you have the money to have someone else create your brand for you.
I love free websites that make life easier, and Canva certainly is one of them. I use it for all sorts of things unrelated to blogging. I even used it to create a color palette for my wardrobe. Hopefully, it can be of use to you, too!
This post is part 1 of a series of blog posts benefitting newbie bloggers. If you have a topic you would like me to cover, comment below and I’ll see what I can do!