Do you own a WordPress blog? Do you feel that having just images on the blog is not really enough?
Do you think feel the images you are using are not enough expressive?
Well, then it’s time that you start designing your own blog images.
But where do you get started?
Well, Photoshop might be a good answer.
But, working with Photoshop will require you to go through lot tutorials and will require time to learn designing the professional way.
Instead of doing so, you can use free image designing platforms like Canva and use it to good effect on your blog.
What is Canva?
Canva, as you can understand, is a design tool which is a lot easier to deal with and does not involve a lot of study and learning.
This tool is mainly cloud based, and even if you are not a designer, you can easily create images suitable for your blogs in no time at all.
So, basically you do not have to waste much time in designing blog images and yet, you will have pretty good looking images for your blog.
All you need to do is learn how you can get going with the basic tricks of Canva and you are done.
How to use Canva to create blog images for WordPress?
Since it’s an online cloud based tool, you will have to signup with Canva first.
Once you are done with sign up, you can login to your account start creating amazing blog images with ease.
Here are the steps that you can follow to design suitable images for your blog:
Step 1: Create the canvas
Before you create any image, you need to choose the size of your image which is quite important.
You can choose the required image size from the different options already present in Canva.
It’s recommended to choose the FaceBook Ad Option as your canvas size.
This will allow you to have an image that will not only look nice on your blog but also will fit in nicely on your social media page when you share your post.
But obviously you can choose other dimensions for your images as well.
Step 2: Choose the style you need
Although Canva has the option to create an image from scratch, you can just choose a style from the given designs instead of wasting time in doing things from the scratch.
They look professional and best part is that you can choose a design that’s available free of cost.
Just make sure to choose the text style and the aesthetics right and the rest you will be able to edit later.
Step 3: Choose the background image
This is a tricky part really. You will need to choose an image that comes with a CC0 license; otherwise you will have the copyright issues.
What you can do is, find some free image providing sites and you can use any of them as your background image.
Just make sure to read the license document and you can choose that image without any trouble on your blog.
Once you are done with the choice of the background image, upload it to your Canva account; drag it to fix it as your background and you are done.
You can use filters, different styles to enhance look and style of your background image.
Step 4: Adding the Text
Normally, if you have chosen from the template layouts, then your canvas will have some default text holders which you can use to put your texts on.
In case you want to change the style, font, color, or the size of the text, you can do that from the options given at the top of the page.
Apart from that, you can also add additional text areas, or placeholders to design your layout the way you want.
While utilizing text boxes as your impact text, make sure to use a nice font-pairing as this can help you highlight texts and get your visitors’ attention.
Step 5: Touch of professionalism
This is not a must, but having an image overlay can always make your text look a bit prominent and make it easier for your visitors to read them.
To add an overlay, drag a suitable shape on your background. You can find all the shapes under the option “Elements”.
Add about 50% transparency to the layer and it shall do the trick.
Make sure to resize your shape to match your background and text placeholders that you have.
Step 6: Add other elements
The above steps will give you amazing images for your blog.
However, in case you wish to add some other elements to make your image a bit more rich, then you have to look into the Canva library for the elements that you might be looking for.
Make sure to choose a free version of the elements that you wish to use.
It’s just drag and drop functionality that will add your desired elements to its desired place, so it’s pretty easy to go with.
Step 7: Download
This is the very last step and frankly there is nothing to learn about this step. Just save your image, and download it in .png format.
This will allow you to use the image anywhere you want.
Just make sure to optimize the image while using it on your WordPress blog; that will do.
As you can see, using Canva is really easier than you might have thought and definitely does not require a lot of learning or going through a lot of tutorials.
And the best part of using Canva is that even as a novice, you can get going with Canva.
Once you make it a practice to use this platform on a regular basis, you will be able to design those blog images real quickly which will save you time and effort as well.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started with Canva today and show your creativity to the world!