Want to create your own DIY graphics? Let us introduce you to Canva. It’s a super fun to use, free online design tool.
Canva lets you design beautiful, DIY graphics for your business, quickly and easily, and it’s totally user-friendly. You don’t need to be a design pro to create some great looking, professional prints and digital graphics.
We’ve made a list of 13 things you can do with Canva to support the growth of your business….. let us know what you think!
The best part is, when using Canva, you can choose a pre-designed template e.g. A4 or A6 postcard, or you can start from scratch, including setting your own custom dimensions.
Just click the ‘use custom dimensions’ button at the top right corner of the home page, and input your desired size* – too easy!
*Psst, wondering how big you can go? Canva will let you customise the dimensions of any design between 40 pixels up to 5,000 pixels… that’s equivalent to 1.06 cm up to 1.32 metres.
Take a look below at the list, we’ve included a few of our own examples to give you some inspo:
- Social Media Graphics Galore!
Canva is perfect for designing graphics for your daily posts, just drag and drop the images and text you want, and align them using the nifty photo straightener tool. You can export the file and post it on Instagram, Facebook, and any other social media platform.
A big thank you to our client Marnie Downer for the following three, fabulous examples. Marnie is a top quality Naturopath in Mount Lawley, take a look at her website here.
2. Facebook Event Banner
The image dimensions for a perfect event banner and cover photo can be tricky – especially if the photo you wish to use is the wrong size. If it’s too big, you might be forced to crop it, which can wreck the visual appeal of the whole image, and if it’s too small, you’re left with a section of empty space. You also don’t want anything important to be obscured by your profile pic.
Simply select the preset ‘Facebook Banner’ template from the ‘create a design’ menu, import your photo*, shrink it to fit the dimensions, and fill the leftover space with some colour.
*Canva has a heap of free photos for you to use, but if you want to import your own – just drag and drop them into the ‘upload’ section…the maximum file size is 50 megabytes.
3. Facebook Ad
If you’re running a Facebook campaign, create a few variations of the same design and test the effectiveness of each one…
4. Website Banner
Can’t find a template with your specific size requirements? Create your own custom dimensions, and arrange your photo, brand colours, and text to suit your website design.
Thanks to our client Karen Easter for letting us use her home page design. Karen is a psychotherapist in Darlington, specialising in anxiety, trauma and addiction. Take a look at her services here.
Running an event or program launch? There are lots of cool illustrations, frames, and icons for you to use, plus a bunch of layout suggestions to help guide your perfect design. Impress your guests with an invite they can’t say no to…
These gorgeous invites are from the Canva marketplace – another great resource you can use to get template ideas!
6. Email Header
Keep your brand consistent with customised email headers, and letterhead. You can even import your existing brand colours, just click the ‘your brand’ tab from the home menu and input your hex codes. You can input up to three default colours.
7. A6 Flyer
Need some quick, fun promo materials? Customise some A6 flyers, the dimensions are 1240 pixels wide by 1748 pixels height.
8. A4 Poster
With Canva, you can create up to 30 graphics in a single thread. Rather than start from scratch each time, make your first graphic the master template, duplicate it, and tweak whatever you need.
9. Business Card
Whether you’re after something quirky, professional, or colourful, it’s easy to make your calling card stand out from the crowd. Upload your business logo and get creative!
10. Gift Voucher
Spoil your valued clients with some trendy gift vouchers – they make a nice promo tool too!
Thanks to our awesome client at Maylands Physiotherapy for the use of this gift voucher… for more info about their professional services, head to their website here.
Wondering what dimensions your profile pic logo should be? Canva offers a host of helpful info in the ‘design school’, including this crafty image size guide for the main social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube, and Linkedin).
Choose a shape, splash on your brand colours and customise some of your very own stickers!
Want to connect with more clients online? Create a guidebook or eBook that highlights your business services. Canva lets you export the file as a PDF (portable document format) so it’s easy to share in an email, or on your website.
These pages were created for our client Bill Shepherd, for his beautiful Marriage Ceremony Guidebook. Bill is a wedding celebrant from the South West, have a look at his website here.