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Canva- A Quick Crash Course Blog

Canva, a more than popular tool most recently used on mobile devices as means of creating stimulating visual marketing and social media related images. However, do you know enough about Canva to become an effective Canva user? I hope you are able to leave this crash course well informed about the many uses of Canva!

There are hundred’s of pre-made templates that you can download and use to DIY your blog’s design. If you are struggling with web design, did you know you can use Canva to design certain elements of your site? Read more about this and other topics below centering around Canva!

10 Types of Visual Designs You Can Create With Canva

  1. Blog Post Image Template
  2. Sidebar Graphics
  3. Blog Email Newsletter Header
  4. Lead Magnet
  5. Content Upgrades
  6. Email Opt-In Mockups
  7. Blog Post Graphics
  8. Blog Post Infographics
  9. Tip-O-Graphics
  10. List-O-Graphics
  11. Blog Media Kit

Many users still don’t know the powerful features of Canva. With Canva, you can create the following:

  • Design product labels
  • Create workbooks / Planners / Ebooks
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Banners
  • Invitation cards
  • Logos
  • Templates
  • Photo collages
  • GIFs
  • Mobile videos
  • Infographic
  • Resume
  • Desktop wallpaper
  • Postcard
  • Worksheet
  • Certificate

3 Ways To Enhance Your Blog Posts with Canva

1. Blog Title Image

Canva’s Blog Title design template is best for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn shares. If you’re looking for a portrait or vertical blog title image for Pinterest and Google+ shares you can use Canva’s Blog Graphic template. It works great!

2. Infographics

The best thing is Canva created an infographic template, which is SO helpful. You can use any of the ready to use template designs and switch out the font, colors, and design elements. Have an outline ready for your infographic, which will make it easier to get done.

3. Photo Collages

Photo collages are a great visual piece with a variety of images in one. You can use the ready-to-use Photo Collage template in Canva to show steps of a recipe or instructions. The Canva photo collage template is square shaped however you can create a photo collage with many of their photo grids.

You can use collages for designs and to display your portfolio. Use the Pinterest template in Canva and the multiple image photo grids as shown below.

Tip: Find the right photo with Canva’s built in photo library

To start, type a keyword or two into the search bar, and choose from any of the photos or illustrations — that means no more Google image searches. The extensive photo library hosts a wide variety of subjects and themes, like abstract images, textures, landscapes, people, and animals. Once you’ve found the perfect image, just drag it over to your design, and drop it where it needs to go.

Canva also allows you to upload your own images and use them on your design, which is perfect for adding your logo and other branded visuals to content.

Tip: Resize your whole design to fit various platforms.

The Magic Resize tool is available for Canva for Work users — a paid plan starting at $12.95 per month. Users of Canva’s free tools can still resize their designs by creating a copy of the original visual. Click “File,” “Change Dimensions,” and select the format to which you’d like to resize the design. That said, Magic Resize is quite a time-saving feature that lets you copy and resize one design into formats for various channels. Just click on “File,” navigate to “Magic Resize,” then choose the different formats you want to use to adapt your visual. Then, click the “resize” button, and you’re done.

Visual content is #Winning!

Social media users are much more likely to engage with posts that have “visuals” tied to them.

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