How To Create Professional Graphics Without Being a Graphic Designer!

April 3, 2015

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone this, but I a not really a Graphic Designer. You see, I have never gone to school (save for a couple of Adobe courses) to learn graphic design, all of what I have learned was from doing, or copying, or using programs that make me look like I have WAY MORE cred than I actually do.

Obviously, most of you already know and love PicMonkey. PicMonkey is so easy to use, and perfect for editing, cropping, adding text etc to your blog post images. They also give you some “layering” features which is great, but trying to build a more complex graphic can be a bit overwhelming I find, and I always just turn back to photoshop.

And then I discovered Canva.

What I really love about Canva is the amount of pre-built templates they have that are specifically designed for modern blogging, social media and small businesses. Need a Creative Brief template? Check! Need a new Facebook Header? Check! Need a cool Instagram post template? Check! Canva, also just introduced “Ad” templates which will make custom banner ads for your site oh-so-easy now.

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Canva has a slew of free stock images and pre-made templates for you to use. And if you are looking for something a little more personal or fancy, you canuplaod your own imagery or purchase one of Canva’s “premium” layouts or images.

But of of the things I love the best about Canva and that will make you look like a Graphic rockstar are their FREE text layouts (complete with swirls and graphics and allsorts of funky stuff) . You too can create that hipster-vintage-grunge “quote of the day” thing and be the coolest cat on Instagram!

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And I realize that by talking up Canva and am very likely losing potential client dollars here but I am all about sharing the love. And this isn’t even a sponsored post! So check out Canva today!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Hannah April 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Ooh! I’ll try it out! I need to figure out better graphics.

  • Reply Kyla@Mommy's Weird April 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Oooh. LOOKING INTO THAT!

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