One of the hardest things for many newbies on the web is creating graphics for their websites so that everything looks professional. That is why I’m happy to introduce Canva, which was shown to me by my friend Julian Mather. Canva is a free tool, though it does have paid options. I have never used their paid features; the free ones do great basic graphic work.
On their website you create an account by providing a valid email address and selecting a password. Once you get to the Canva dashboard, they have a tutorial called the Beginner’s Challenge. I highly recommend this to get a feel for how the graphic editor works. If you need a hint on any step, you can click a button and a video will pop up explaining the simple procedure.
You can change the color of graphic elements, add backgrounds, add text, change fonts, resize and even rotate images. You have the option to use stock images they offer, some of which will incur a charge, or upload your own images and graphics to incorporate.
Canva features preset image sizes so you can create email headers, social media, presentations, Facebook covers, Instagram posts, blog graphics, cards and Twitter posts in the correct dimensions. Need a custom size? No problem — just enter the dimensions to create a canvas that suits your image needs.
Once you have finished your design, you can download the image to your computer.
I highly recommend you give Canva a try if you are new to graphics. Even if you already have graphic skills, don’t overlook this. It can be a quick and easy graphic creator for any project.