How to Make Professional Looking Graphics for Free

Got a blog? Need a way to make graphics that won’t cost you a dime? Well than welcome to the tutorial you’ve been looking for. CANVA!! It’s the best thing my roommate ever introduced me to. Honestly, it’s the easiest way to quickly and professionally make graphics.

**DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert nor do I claim to be… but I’m hoping this quick tutorial will help newbies figure it out.. or even encourage my fellow bloggers to use it.

So, how to use Canva? I will walk through it step by step for y’all in the clearest way I can but also keep in mind that it’s something you should really play around with in order to get the most out of it. Heads up… I’m a visual learner as you’ll see by my obsessive amount of screenshots.

Step One: Press the pretty green button

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Step Two: Choose your template (they’re conveniently labelled and the dimensions are customized to fit the type of post you want to make!) Canva makes it so easy and simple.. you don’t have to think about the dimensions of a blog banner or of a Facebook graphic compared to Twitter, it’s done for you! Honestly, that’s one of my favorite features because uhh I couldn’t tell you the dimensions for each for the life of me!!

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Step 3: Choose a layout (or get creative)!!

What you see below is the screen you come to after you choose a template. On the lefthand side you can see the different layouts that Canva provides (be weary some will have dollar signs when you hover over them and they ain’t free!!!). Each layout is very easy to use, you can simply replace images with your own and change the wording as well.. and boom you look like a graphic designer (almost).

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Step 4: Play around with it!!

How many of you are extremely visual learners? Because as I mentioned, I am! So, I made a quick example for y’all to show you each element of Canva and how they can be utilized to create a graphic. I know the title says “professional graphic”, which this isn’t necessarily my most professional looking, but it’s perfect to use for this purpose.

So, here we have a very simple blog title graphic that I created specially for y’all! Pretty basic, right? But how many elements does it take to create this? How many steps? ;et’s find out…

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The answer is: 6

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Is that more or less what you expected? In my opinion for a graphic that basic, thats a decent amount of elements. I broke down for y’all where I got each from but I’ll go through it in a little more detail as well.

1: The background I chose was pre-made. The only thing I did was mess around with the color, which is easy to do. You can either choose a pre-made color or play around with the color wheel to create your own colorful masterpiece, whatever floats your boat!

2: I selected the element section of the lefthand navigation and went to shapes. From there you can choose from different shapes with different colors, fillings, transparent, not transparent.. anything you can imagine. Also, on that elements section there is so so so much more. These elements can be very useful when you want to let your creativity run wild instead of being held back from pre-made layouts.

3: Thirdly, I uploaded a transparent Canva logo that I found on Google.. When I first added it I didn’t like the way it looked against the background so I messed around with the transparency and then decided to add 4. which was a solid circle behind it to make the color more muted but to still stand up against the loud background.

5. I added another element so that when I added my logo (step 6) it would stand out!

AND WAAAAA LAAAA!

I know this may have seemed really long and drawn out.. but it was the best way I could think to present all this information without overloading y’all with very very wordy paragraphs. I genuinely hope this helps and that my newbie’s benefit from it! Let me see the pretty creations y’all make and let me know if this helped!!

Ciao Marketeers!

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