Canva is a free online tool used for graphic design.
It uses an easy drag-and-drop system and provides millions of images (stock photography, vectors, and illustrations), as well as fonts.
I’ve started using Canva for quite some time now, mostly for our posts’ featured images, and I’m very happy with it!
And since I’m happy with it, it’s free and very easy to use, I thought that I should spread the word for those of you that don’t know about Canva yet.
The type of images you can create with Canva
You can create a lot of different designs with Canva, used for things like:
- Social media posts – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more;
- Documents – US letter document, magazine cover, certificate, résumé, and more;
- Blogging & eBooks – Book cover, photo collage, infographic, and more;
- Marketing – poster, flyer, logo, business card, and more;
- Social media and email headers – Facebook event cover, YouTube thumbnail and channel art, Twitter header, and more;
- Events – Postcard, invitation, announcement, program, and more;
- Ads – Facebook ad, skyscraper ad, large rectangle ad, and leaderboard ad.
All of these come with proper pre-made sizes, which is very useful and time-saving.
For example, if you want to create a header image for Twitter, you don’t have to search on Google to find out the recommended size for the header image, because it will already be properly set by default.
Of course, some images, such as those that will be created for your WordPress blog, will require a size that will match your blog’s layout. Every website/blog has its own layouts.
Luckily, for this type of situations, Canva has a feature that lets you create images with custom dimensions.
How to use Canva to create images for your WordPress site
As an example, let’s say you want to create a header image for Twitter.
To do this, you’ll have to:
- Click on the Create a design button;
- Scroll down to Social Media & Email Headers;
- Click on Twitter Header, which will already be 1500x500px in size.
After selecting the ‘Twitter Header’ design, you’ll find yourself in the editing area.
As you can see, it also shows a preview of how it will look on Twitter, with your profile image and all, which is awesome!
On the right side, you’ll have your design, preview and editing tools.
On the left sidebar, you’ll find pre-made templates, which you can also edit. Or you can create something from scratch by searching for different images in the media library, adding text, and so on.
Example 1 – Using and editing an existing Canva template
Click on a template from the sidebar and begin editing it.
You can edit the text, change the font and color, change the color of different elements, move things around, and more.
This was just a quick example, but you have other tools available that you can use to customize your design.
Example 2 – Create a design from scratch
Now let’s see how can you create something from scratch, without a template, using the media library and other features.
Remember that you can also upload your own images!
You probably have noticed that Canva also has a feature that lets you align the elements on your design, which is another thing that I really like.
Save and download the file
Canva has an auto-save feature, but just to make sure, save the file before downloading it by going to File -> Save.
After saving the file, proceed with downloading it by clicking on the Download button and selecting the proper image file type – PNG or JPG (important!).
So, that’s how easy it is to create awesome images for your WordPress website with Canva!
Not all images are free. The ones that are free have a ‘FREE’ label on them.
But, no worries, because another awesome thing about Canva is that you can buy images for just 1$, which will remove the watermark for one design for 24h.
So, if you think that you won’t need an image again, you can just buy it for 1$, download it and use it.
On the other hand, if you want to keep reusing an image, you can buy it for 10$, which will permanently remove the watermark, and you can use it in all of your designs.
Or if you purchase ‘Canva for Work’, you’ll have access to over 400.000 free photos, illustrations, and templates!
Buying Canva for Work
For only 9.95$/mo (paid annually) or 12.95$/mo, Canva for Work brings in even more useful features and tools, especially if you have a team working with you, which you can share your designs with.
Here a some of the features:
- Exclusive access to over 400.000 images;
- Team functionalities;
- You can resize your images, which can be very helpful and time-saving because you don’t have to recreate the same design just to use other dimensions;
- Upload custom fonts;
- Unlimited folders to organize your images;
- Export designs as GIFs;
- Download designs with a transparent background, which is useful for logos.
Canva pros and cons
- It’s free;
- Even if you need to buy an image, you’ll only need to pay as little as 1$;
- Very easy to use;
- Tons of photos, illustrations and templates you can choose from;
- No bugs.
Canva for Work offers a lot of extra free images, but not all of them. You might still find yourself needing images that don’t come free, and it will cost you 1$ extra.
So, if you plan on using Canva for Work just to get/create free images, you might end up spending more than you’d usually spend by just purchasing one image at a time for 1$.
But, it depends on the number of images you need per month, and if you’re lucky enough to find every image that you like, for free.
For example, if you need 15 images per month, paying the 12.95$ subscription would be great, if all the images that you’d want would be free.
But if you only find 8 free images that you like, and you’ll have to pay 1$ extra for the rest, you’ll end up paying 12.95$ (the subscription) + 7$ (1$ per image that isn’t free).
That’s 19.95$ – 4.95$ more than if you’d buy every image separately for 1$.
That’s a wrap
If you didn’t know about Canva until now, I hope you’ll try it out, enjoy it and use it to create images for your WordPress website.
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