It’s becoming harder and harder to get noticed online. There’s a different algorithm change every week and attention spans are getting shorter by the second. To combat this, you need to learn how to take your social media and website graphics to the next level – that’s why in this post I’m going to teach you how to use Canva.
Using free, online design tools is a really good way to make your Facebook and Instagram posts pop. If you don’t have any design experience, but you want to learn how to create beautiful graphics for your social media without having to learn expensive and time-consuming design software, this tutorial is for you.
How to use Canva: Getting started
In order to use Canva, all you need to do is visit their website and create a free account. The free version has a huge amount of functionality, and even as a freelancer, business owner and course-creator, I’ve never needed to upgrade to the paid version.
So let’s dive into the tutorial. In this video, I’m going to teach you how to use Canva to create a multi-image Instagram post. Super handy if you have an online store with products to showcase, or just to show off a few different angles of your brunch.
As you can see, Canva has a pretty nice user interface and there’s not a steep learning curve at all. It was designed to be as simple as possible, which it certainly is. For a design software, that’s pretty impressive!
Creating these images took less than 10 minutes and as you would have heard – I’m going to take these exact graphics and turn them into an animated GIF in the next video!
How to use Canva: What is it good for?
You probably already realise this, but Canva is one of my favourite tools of the trade. I use it to design YouTube thumbnails, Pinterest pins and board covers, Instagram Stories graphics and plenty more. You can use Canva to create plenty of other awesome projects too, like business cards and eBooks.
The biggest limitation of only using the free version, however, is that you’re not able to create images with transparent backgrounds. This would mainly be useful if you wanted to create something like a business logo and overlay it on a background image or a webpage without having an ugly white background.
How to use Canva: Want to learn more?
If you enjoyed the above tutorial and you’re interested in learning more about Canva and how to use it for your business, your social media or just improving your design skills for fun – then you might be interested in Social Media Graphic Design for Beginners on Skillshare.
Social Media Graphic Design for Beginners on Skillshare is my latest course, featuring in-depth lessons which teach you how to create amazing graphics for your social media and your business. The best part? The course will teach you how to create everything using ONLY free tools!
There is a whole module dedicated to teaching you how to use Canva, along with how to create graphics for Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, your business, your website and even some bonus lessons.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you’re feeling empowered to go and create some awesome graphics for your social media today 🙂