The definitive guide to creating designs on Canva for your blog posts.

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What is Canva?

Canva gives businesses, organizations, and even individual professionals with a very simple design platform that enables them to create amazing and professional quality graphic designs. This online design solution offers a throng of powerful features, including a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a vast collection of over 1 million photographs, graphics, and fonts.

With Canva, anyone and everyone has a user-friendly, reliable design tool that makes it easy to take an idea and turn it into a stunning design, whether in print or online. Canva can be implemented to create professional looking designs for almost every purpose.

Some of the content you can create using Canva:

Blog Post Banner
Infographic Creation
Custom Text and Premium Fonts
Image Cropper
Add text to photos
Speech bubble maker
Image Transparency Tool
Photo Enhancer
8,000 Templates
Photo Blur
Photo Vignette
Design Grids
Logo Creation
Photo Frames

Why Is Canva Popular Among Writers and Content Creators?

Canva offers users, whether novice designers or professional graphic artists, a simple yet robust online design platform that can turn any idea into a powerful, stunning designs and graphics easily and quickly. It is an ideal design tool and content creation platform for those who are not experienced graphic designers.

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With Canva, companies and organizations are able to address common issues that plague content marketing efforts — consistently producing engaging visual content. Canva has the tools and functionalities that enable users to create awesome, appealing, and relevant content.

Canva’s powerful drag and drop editor, along with its vast selection of images, fonts, and templates, makes it easy for users to build documents and designs from scratch. Users also have the option to create custom designs and templates that contain elements of their brand and company. With easy to edit templates and designs, Canva helps users ensure consistency of themes across documents.

Templates, documents, and designs can be configured so that others can edit and introduce changes. On top of that, users can also comment on their work, which enhances communication and collaboration.

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With user-friendly applications, over a million of images and fonts, and comprehensive free package, you simply can’t go wrong with Canva.

Getting Started

Go to Canva’s homepage and create a free account. You can do so using your email, Gmail, or Facebook.

Once you have created your account, you are able to start creating immediately.

However, there is a lot you can do with Canva, so don’t feel overwhelmed.

Rather than creating your own design from scratch, it’s probabaly best to start with a template from Canva.

As seen in the image above, Canva offers a vast array of preformatted tmeplates. Just under the social media catergory, you can create imahes preformatted to fit the ideal dimenssions of an Instagram story, Facebook post, Twitter Post Pinterest Graphic and more!

For the purposes of this guide, click on Blog Banner (this will allow you to create a large landscape oriented featured image for your blog post).

Once you select Blog Banner, you will see a blank canvas with several design templates on the left of your screen. Click on the template icon from the menu if this is not already selected:

Creating Your Blog Banner (Featured Image for Blog Post)

Now that you have created a Canva account, selected the Blog Banner option, and clicked on templates, you can begin creating you custom blog post image.

Select a template from the scrolling options on the left. For the purposes of this example, I’ll select the first option which contains a white desk background and says “Blog Post” in bold capital letters:

Once you select a template, Canva will automatically fill the blank design screen with the template of your choosing:

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Sample Blog Banners

Canva provides you with a pretty amazing array of templates and designs. Below are some of the blog post banners I have created for various articles, using Canva:

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Canva Pro vs. Free Version

One of the typical drawbacks of a tool like Canva, is that they are expensive. Canva is free and offers many custom features for free. There is a pro version of Canva, but unless you are producing graphics professionally or collaborating with a team, I would suggest utilizing the free version.

If you are interested in additional templates, check out my newsletter Canva Design, explained below.

Download Custom Canva Editable Templates

Once you become familiar with using Canva, you will likely look for new templates and designs. Luckily, there are custom templates available from third party sellers. However, some of these can be quite expensive.

That is why I created Canva Design, a newsletter, which sends out both free and premium custom Canva templates directly to your email.

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Canva Design is newsletter that provides custom Canva templates of blog post banners and infographics, available for…

As the editor of Medium Blogging Guide, and numerous other publications on Medium, I am constantly creating new blog banners for my various blog posts.

Like many writers, I utilize Canva.
One of the cool things about Canva, is that it is easy to share your designs with other users.
Canva Design is a newsletter, which sends out both free and premium custom Canva templates directly to your email.

Canva Design

Canva Design is newsletter that provides custom Canva templates of blog post banners and infographics, available for…

Premium Canva designs will be sent out every Monday to subscribers. Free Canva designs will be released periodically. Subscribe now!

Sample Designs

Many of these custom designs that I will be sending out will include popular blog banners that I created for posts in the past week.

Some of the emails will also include custom infographics, diagrams, and social media posts.


How Much Does the Canva Design Newsletter Cost?

There are two options:

The free plan — Access to a smaller set of custom image templates sent out periodically.

The premium plan — Access to all of the custom design templates and infographics. This includes both the free designs as well as the premium Monday email with new designs.

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As an introductory offer, I am offering a 50% discount on premium plans. That means that you get access to a range of custom design templates, for only $2.50 per month or $15 per year!

This is an absolute steal!

If you have looked for editable Canva templates before, you have seen how expensive just a few images can be:

Take advantage of this limited time offer and get custom Canva templates that are easily editable.

These templates will:

Make your blog posts look more professional

Make your blog posts more visually appealing, allowing you to share them on various social media platforms (such as Pinterest) without having to create separate custom images.
Ensure that your content indexes higher in Google. Google heavily prefers custom images. Using a generic stock image does not help your story stand out and it does not help it rank in Google.

Author: Casey Botticello
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