Creative Canva for your social media graphics

Creative

I’ll admit when I first heard about Canva I was a little sceptical and not overly impressed… However just recently I decided to give it a go again for creating some image quotes to share on social media which it is ideal for! I think you probably still need to have a bit of any eye for design to get the best results. Because it is good to adapt the templates you use and upload your own imagery, so that it creates a more original look, see below for some examples of how I changed the template base I started from plus more here. The weird thing for me is I feel like I cheated and couldn’t claim that I ‘designed’ them as such – but I will be continuing to use to create fun, relatively quick graphics for social media.

It’s pretty much drag and drop so very easy to use for anyone, whereas Photoshop has a much bigger learner curve. I’m going to run through a basic tutorial to get you started, but the Canva Design School goes more into depth.

TEMPLATE
TWEAKED
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Runway
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people will stare

 

Tutorial

1. Choose a quote that you would like to create a graphic for.

2. You can look at the Canva templates for inspiration – what one ‘fits’ with your quote?
step1-choose-template

3. Find a suitable photo or pattern for the background – I went to allthefreestock.com and found this one from kaboompics.com that I felt matched the mood as looking out to water seemed peaceful and reflective.
step2-photo

4. Upload your photo and then drag onto the canvas (or is it Canva in this instance?)
step3-upload-photo

5. Resize your image by dragging at the corners, play around with the scale and cropping
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6. Set the text in position
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7. Add extra text if needed from the Text tab
step6-add-text

PRO TIP – Adjust the line height (this is one thing I always notice when someone has DIY’d their design either too bigger gap between lines or crammed in tight, but it’s such an easy fix). In particular this makes a difference with larger amounts of text because then it becomes an issue with legibility.
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8. Refine the design – use an objective eye to adjust sizes, colours, elements and consider balance within the design
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Sometimes this means rethinking bits, for example when I added the name of the person who said this quote I realised there was too much going on – so I scrapped the #fashionquote and made this the credit (don’t be afraid to delete – or even rejig everything entirely!)
step7b-refine

 

9. Yay – Download your finished design!
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