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Introduction To Canva Pt. 1 | What Is Available To Use

*the feature is to help show you just some of the things you can do in Canva

I am NOT a graphic designer. I love making titles. I love picking out cool pictures. I love combining images and text. I love fonts.

When you become a blogger or anyone who will use images and titles for what you want to promote it’s important you know how to do so and what sources are available.

Now, as much as someone I know kindly recommended to use bigger programs like Photoshop or Illustrator. I’m not into those. For a time, I was studying as a VCT major, visual communications technology because I was into video editing. My introductory course introduced me to these programs and more like them, including website making. It’s not that I haven’t been exposed to them.

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I do not want an assortment of options, most of which I won’t use. I’m not that technical because honestly, I’m not making a lot of technical stuff. Anyone else?

But I definitely want something professional. And so throughout the past several months, I’ve worked on getting familiar with Canva and looking for FREE resources in other places that I can use when Canva doesn’t give me what I want.

And if anyone wants to give me one last argument about using the bigger programs, because everything is all in one place, true. You’re right, it is. But one, I don’t have the money, and two, bookmarking a site and then clicking on it is not that hard. Plus, some of those programs, take a while to upload. In the time I could click on a website and get what I want.

BUT if you use those programs, and enjoy them, by no means am I saying not use them. I just wanted to clarify why I am not going down that route right now, and I know others can relate to this.

Canva’s statement is that it empowers the world to design, and it’s true. Canva CAN cost you $$$ if you want more of what it has to offer, but here is what you can get for free, and what I get/use as a free user.

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This post will mainly cover the elements portion. But just before we get to that. If you want to open up Canva and kinda follow along with me. To use Canva is free, you just need to sign up with an email, or even your Facebook. You can go to Canva at http://www.canva.com very simple 🙂

 

Templates Galore– There are templates for social media. Twitter banner, twitch banner, YouTube, blog banner, invitation (wedding, birthday), and so many more other options. Just make sure you click to see more. If you want to follow some of the options I’m going to talk about, just click on a template. As you can see, you can create custom dimensions as well.

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Free Illustrations– if you’re looking for a cup, a pen, flower, wreath (notice many bloggers who use wreaths? This is where you can make them) and more. There is a decent selection of free illustrations, but you may also notice a slight problem…it still will feel limiting.

Now, you may see some pretty illustrations, vectors, an image you want to use, but either you have to pay for it to use it or you need to be paying the premium to use the image without Canva’s logo on the image. To me, there are a lot of beautiful illustrations that have the logo on it, I’d love to use, but don’t have the money. But as far as I know, as long as you do not alter the image and leave the logo on the picture, you can still use it. But…that’s not fun. (I’ve found sources for public domain illustrations and vectors.) Screen Shot 2018-04-21 at 3.30.25 PM.png

Photos, Grids, Frames– There is a multitude of options when it comes to adding photos and images. You can add your own as well. I often will find a photo on Unsplash and use that as my background image. But you can click on free photos to see what is available. Grids and frames also help you play with placement. (As I shared, I do have other places I get free photos from.)

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Shapes And Lines– You will notice on my titles I tend to use squares, circles, or rectangles. Sometimes I’ll use a circle with jagged edges. All of those are in Canva and they are great to use for title making. It helps your words stand out. If you are looking for a simple sign off, for example, you may want to check out Canva’s lines.

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Transparency Option– Let’s say you want to use a circle as the background for your title so your font will stand out, but you don’t want to completely block out the background picture behind the circle you have selected. Transparency allows you to fade selections so other things show through. You can see these in some of the titles I’ve created in the feature image.

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*Note- The Free Version Is Limited In How You Can Use It– I was helping someone create her logo and she requested a silhouette of a dancer. I found a free public domain vector image I could use. But I didn’t realize I wasn’t only getting the dancer. As you can see in the picture to the right, in a different example, the background is white. Whatever pictures you use in Canva, if they have a background, that background will still show up. You can’t make part of an image transparent or gone and keep another part in the free version of Canva. (But I have a resource for this)

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Icons, I ❤ Canva, & Charts– I don’t use these really, though I have with the icons a little bit. If you want to use Canva images you will find those under the I love Canva section.

Now, as I tend to share, hope this isn’t too repetitive for those of you have stuck around (thank you 🙂 ) here are some posts I’ve made previously you may want to check out. The first two especially if you are looking for free resources.

– Where To Find Free Illustrations & Editing Tools | Blogger 101

Where To Find Free Photos | Blogger 101

Blog Help For New Bloggers– The page has everything you will need to know as a blogger, and all the blogging topics I’ve covered thus far. 

This ends Pt. 1 of the introduction to Canva. 🙂 

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Are you interested in Cava? Did you hear of it before, and weren’t sure? I was the same! I hope this series helps you feel more confident, whether you use it or not to get out there, and keep trying 🙂 

T. R. Noble

Main Blog: Inside Cup

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13 thoughts on “Introduction To Canva Pt. 1 | What Is Available To Use

  1. Woohoo, this is fab! Thanks for sharing, it’s incredibly helpful for bloggers and anyone really interested in doing a little design for any reason.
    You are brilliant with your designs and I agree on your reasons for canva and similar – I’m a freebie user too, no expensive software for me! 🙂
    Caz x

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post 🙂 I love making designs but don’t have the skills on my own, and at this moment, not intending to get technical. I thought it would be helpful to share, and I hope it helps others. Freebies are awesome!

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