Okay so it may seem complicated to use Canva but it really isn’t. I self-taught myself how to use it and how to design graphics, even though I was never a design geek.
So if I can learn it, you can definitely learn it too. But don’t worry, I got your back so I’ll have a free video tutorial below on how to make graphics using Canva. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up to Canva for free here.
Pre-Sized Design Options
Another feature I absolutely love about Canva is the fact that they already have pre-identified sizes for just about everything. Want to make a Pinterest pin? Just select Pinterest pin. Want a Facebook post graphic or a printable? They have sizes for that too! All with one simple click.
Plus, if you create a graphic in one size but also want to use it for another social media platform, you can quickly resize your graphic and easily readjust the elements to fit its new size. It’s pretty awesome.
Free Stock Photos Available
Oh man, and don’t even get me started with all of the stock photos they have available (even in the free version). Plus, they have free stock images for just about every single niche and can be found with a simple keyword search.
Actually, the fact that they have a search function is what I love the most because you don’t have to pre-download any images beforehand. You can simply type in a keyword and see what comes up. If you don’t like the image selected, just pick another.
Once you’re signed in, it’s time to decide what type of graphic you want to design. Is it for Instagram? Your blog? Pinterest? And once you’ve decided, go ahead and select that size under “Create a Design” like shown below.
2) From scratch or with templates
Decide if you will be creating your graphic design from scratch or if you will be using pre-made templates. Me personally? I always try to aim for templates as they are a hugeee time saver.
Here are my favorite templates to use for various Canva graphics designs:
For Instagram / Facebook Posts
Ivory Mix is not just a stock photo site. They also provide Canva templates for just about anything and everything but I especially like their Instagram post templates as there are usually some awesome infographic kinds made as well.
Plus, the Instagram size templates are also perfect for Facebook so you can easily upload one creation to both social media platforms! See examples of these templates below.
For Instagram Story / Lead Magnets
Styled Stock Society has absolutely gorgeous (and engaging) Instagram Story templates. When I was more active on Instagram, I would use these story templates on a day when I either forgot to post something or needed something quick and easy.
And because creating digital products is now one of my favorite things to do, Canva printable templates make it easy for me to create one quickly. On my mom blog, I have a free resource library for my email subscribers that I constantly need to update. So templates like these below make it super easy for me to do just that.
For Pinterest Pins
Remember I said I love creating stuff on Canva? Well, after creating multiple pin templates for myself to use, I figured why not share the love with you too? So, I created a pack of 7 Free Canva Pin Templates just for you!
They are super cute and easy to customize for any niche! Plus who couldn’t use more free pin templates when Pinterest wants “fresh” every.single.DAY. Yeah, I’m all about templates as they help keep me productive.
Here’s a sneak peek of the free templates you can get below.
3) Create your graphics
Yay! So once you know whether you will be using a template or creating a graphic from scratch, it’s time to start customizing or creating your own graphics.
Below is a great video tutorial on how to use Canva to create Pinterest pins using free pin templates.