Canva is one of the best online graphic design tools and an essential resource for any bloggers, marketer or social media influencer. But a lot of people online don’t know how to design a Canva graphic and honestly, it is so easy.

If you are unfamiliar with Canva, it is an online graphic design tool. You can check out our walkthrough of Canva to familiarize yourself with the tool.

It is of my favourite tools and I use it all the time. I’ve been using it since I started blogging and it has helped so much in the last year.

The great thing about Canva is that it is FREE to use, which is great for new bloggers.

Most new bloggers struggle to find good graphics to make their blog look great and that’s where Canva comes in. Canva has so many great tools that will help you design graphics that you’ll be proud of.

So, how do you design a Canva graphic?

Steps to Design a Canva Graphic

Choose the type of design you want to make

The first step to take once you have visited Canva is to choose one of the types of design options. The social media design is quite popular, as it works great on social media and in a blog post.

There is a wide variety of design options you can choose from. If you want to design a graphic with a specific size, then you need to choose custom dimensions in the top right corner.

I tend to do this a lot, as some social media channels have different image size standards.

Choose a layout

The next thing that you should do is to choose a layout that you like. The layouts in Canva act as templates that you can use to design your graphics. This is extremely helpful to new designers who have not used Canva before or for people who struggle to make graphics look professional.

As you can see, this specific social media layout option was designed for people who wanted to design a beautiful invitation graphic. All you have to do is change the information in the graphic to your own as well as change the colours to what you want them to be.

Change the information

Once you have chosen your layout option, you can start to change the information to your own information.

Here is an example:

You can do this simply by clicking on each part of text and editing it to your liking. You can use the editing feature at the top to change:

  • The type of font;
  • The font size;
  • Font colour;
  • Change the font to bold and/or italic;
  • Align the text to either left, centre or right;
  • Change the text to either uppercase or lowercase; and
  • You can change the letter spacing and line height.

Change the colours

You can easily change the colours of your text, background and any other element. To do this, simply click on whatever you want to change and then click on the colour box at the top of the screen to choose your colour.

Here you can choose from:

  • Canva’s default palette colours;
  • The colour wheel; and
  • You can input your own HEX code for a specific colour that you want.

Once you are happy with this design, you can download your graphic from the top right corner. It is as easy as that. You can literally create a professional graphic in 5 minutes.

That’s what I love about Canva, you can create something beautiful in 5 minutes, saving you a lot of time and money.

Designing from Scratch

You can also design a Canva graphic from scratch, in case you don’t want to use one of the templates from the layout tab. Once you are familiar with Canva and have an idea of what you want to design, then you should try and design a graphic from scratch.

Trust me, it is easier than you think.

I’m going to create a graphic that looks a lot like the template I just used for the previous graphic. The reason I’m doing this is to show you how easy it is to design a Canva graphic like that on your own.

Choose a type of design option

The first thing you have to do is choose a type of design option, just as I mentioned earlier. You can also choose custom dimensions in the top right corner if you want to a specific size.

I will be choosing the social media design option again. This size (800 x 800px) is perfect for blog posts and social media images.

This time I didn’t choose a layout template, because I will be designing the graphic from scratch. The graphic I’m going to design will only include 5 shapes and 3 text boxes. I’m going to keep it simple.

Never forget the famous words: Keep it simple stupid! (KISS)

Great words to live by and to remember when you are designing graphics.

Design the background

Like I said above, I will include 5 shapes. I will be adding 3 square boxes, 2 of those boxes will act as a background for the graphic and one of the boxes will act as a divider for the 2 boxes. All of these boxes can easily be resized.

As you can see above, the circles on the sides/corners of the box allow you to resize and manipulate the graphic to your liking. You can also easily change the colour of these boxes at the top of the screen.

You can also choose a background from the background tab if you don’t want to create your own background. This is a personal choice and it will depend on what you need or want to design.

Add text

The next step is to add text to your graphic. Simply click on the text tab, click on one of the text options and it will pop up on your graphic. I have chosen 3 text boxes, 2 headings and 1 subheading.

As you can see, with every step my graphic gets closer to being finished. I’ve used the Montserrat font in this step for this graphic, as it is one of my favourite fonts. It is professional, looks amazing and has multiple weight classes, which can be used together. In this case, I’ve used Montserrat Bold and Montserrat Light.

Add elements

The last thing that you can do, this is not a must since not all graphics require more elements to make it interesting. But if you feel like you need to include more elements, then this step will help you.

You can find loads of elements in the elements tab, such as:

  • Grids;
  • Frames;
  • Shapes;
  • Lines;
  • Illustrations;
  • Icons; and
  • Charts.
I went for the simple approach and only included 2 extra elements.  This will make the graphic a bit more interesting.

The only thing that you need to do now is to download your graphic. Hopefully, you now know how easy it is to design a Canva graphic.

The more you design, the easier it will get. Play around with the tool and see what you can design. If you are struggling to create something that looks good, use the templates. You can use these layout templates as either a framework for your graphic or as inspiration.

Happy Designing!