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Canva Review – Design Beautiful Blog Graphics For FREE

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Published by Abhishek Raj

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Don’t you sometimes get envious of those amazing and pixel-perfect graphics used on various blogs? I can’t say about you, but I do get envious whenever I come across a beautiful graphic. OMG – how magnificent, amazing, marvelous…I want to learn how to do this, NOW!
Recently I came across a free online utility called Canva, which lets anyone create stunning graphics with zero designing experience – Yes, it’s as easy as a drag and drop. The best part is, you can design graphics for a variety of platforms ranging from blogs, cover images for Twitter, Facebook, Google plus, to even presentations. It covers almost everything that you can imagine!

How to use Canva?

Step 1 – Signup for a free account. You can also use your Facebook account to login

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Step 2 – After you log-in, you’ll be greeted with a number of design layouts for various platforms. Choose the one of your choice. You can even choose to design a graphic of a custom dimension (I use this option to create 800*400 pixel sized posters for my blog posts)

canva design options

Step 3 – The rest is your creativity. Add backgrounds, images, icons, texts, change layouts… Keep on working until it satisfies your creative mind 😉

Step 4 – Settled down for a design? Great. Now use the download link at the top to download your graphic.

Is it all for Free??

Yes, absolutely. Canva is free to create graphics as long as you are using its free elements (like free icons, shapes, images, texts, etc). However if you end up using some paid elements, then it’s only $1 a piece.

Need some tutorials to get started?

You can visit canva blog to get started with their designing tips and resources. And, here’s a pretty good video by Lisa Irby that walks you through the detailed tutorial –

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Why using beautiful graphics is important?

  • A beautiful graphic instantly attracts the attention of your readers. It is perhaps the first element in a post that interacts and makes the impression.
  • Good graphics get pinned on Pinterest quite often. So you’ve the possibility to attract traffic from Pinterest too. Just imagine what will happen if a graphic goes viral over there 😀
  • Possibility to attract traffic from Google image search is out of question – provided that you’re using alt-image tags properly!

How do you design?

If you’re a blogger like me, you also must be using graphics on your blog posts. Right? How do you design those graphics? Please share your ideas in the comments below…

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Abhishek Raj is the founder of Budding Geek. He is an inveterate blogger with a decade of experience in the internet technology & online marketing industry. Abhishek takes pride on being featured in some of the top industry websites like Marketing Land, Social Media Today, LifeHacker & ProBlogger.