Canva: Fast and Easy Social Media Image Creation (free)

Canva: Fast and Easy Social Media Image Creation (free)

Laura Blog [read me!]

Whenever I want to post something cute on #Instagram, #Twitter, or #Facebook, I head on over to Canva to whip up some cute social media pics.

Although I am not too shabby with Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, I find Canva refreshingly low on features and fast on quick styling.

So let’s get you cranking out awesome images to share all over the web!

Step 1: Go to Canva & sign up (free)

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Looks like you need to connect it up to your Facebook or Google account or an email. I use FB.

Sign-up takes as long as it takes you to remember your password.

Step 2: Take a 23 second tour!

Once in it asks you what you want to use it for. I think that’s just market research mostly.

Then it runs through a 23 second demo of how to create an image with text and download it to your computer. Yep! That’s how fast Canva is.

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Step 3: Now it’s your turn!

Now it’s your turn to create something! But no fear…if you want a bit more practice and time to get used to the tools on hand, there are other items for you to test out in the multi-item tutorial.

For instance, it prompts you to put a hat on this monkey.

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Why pick just one!? 😉

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Do notice how the Canva water mark is on the monkey. That means he is a ‘premium’ image and you have to pay $1 to use him.

But no stress…just search and find a different monkey for free if you don’t want to pay, or you can upload your own images for tweaking!

This is also where pairing this tool with free CC0 stockphoto websites (like Pixabay, PicJumbo, and Pexels can come in handy!

Step 4: Okay, now it’s really your time to shine!

Get in there and create something for social sharing!

I personally like the square layout. Here are a few things I have whipped up over the past few weeks.

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Conclusion

Don’t let expensive platforms tell you that you have to buy them in order to make amazing pics for social sharing. Not so!

And a bonus tip for using Canva:

  • Create images in batches.
  • Save them in a Google Drive Folder with the dates associated with their publishing.
  • Trickle them out on social on the day(s) you plan.

Working in batches and advance will ensure you meet your posting goals and that you never miss a relevant holiday, birthday, or other special day.

Happy creating!