HOW I CREATE MY GRAPHICS + Awesome Graphic-Making Tips for YOU!

by - November 01, 2019


Hey friend! You've seen lots of graphics on this blog. Just scroll down, and every post has a graphic!

Today, I am going to take you through a step-by-step process of how I make my graphics for my blog!

Here's what we'll be discussing today:

  • How to choose the perfect photo (PLUS AWESOME FREE PHOTO SITES)
  • How I created my BLOG HEADER
  • How I create my BLOG BANNERS
  • How I create my BLOG GRAPHICS

Let's get started!

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT PHOTO

Finding a professional photo for your site is important. The photo has to have good quality.

Here are a few AWESOME sites to check out! They have FREE photos to download, and you don't have to credit them.

Unsplash  my go-to photo site
Pixabay  my second go-to photo site
Pexels   one I don't use often (just because I use the other sites first)

As with any website, be cautious when searching for photos, because sometimes inappropriate photos will appear in your feed.

When you have an idea for a post, choose a photo by searching through these sites (Canva also has great photos, and I think they partner with Unsplash). You could search randomly online, but you'd have to be careful about copyright. Copyright is tricky business, so just stay safe by using these three websites. ;)


HOW I CREATED MY BLOG HEADER

Did you know you can create your own blog header? When I first starting using Canva, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't even know this was possible!

The blog header is the big, flowery "Julia Nelson" image that you see when you first view my blog. You can make your header on your own (which is cheaper, but time-consuming), or you can hire someone to do it for you.

I use Canva for nearly all of my graphics.

When you first go to Canva, you'll see this.


Click on the search bar, then type in "Custom Dimensions."

I put in my custom dimensions for my header, which brought me to this. My graphic is already filled in, but it will be plain white when you get there.


On the sidebar, you'll see GRAPHICS. Click on that, and you can scroll and search for different thingssuch as the flowers that I have. You can rotate and change the sizes too. Very flexible.

You'll also see TEXT. You can use the text templates that Canva provides, as shown below, or you can customize them. Look at this screenshot and note the areas I circled/underlined:



When you're done with your design, you can download it.

HOW I CREATE MY BANNERS

The banner is the photo at the top of all of my posts. My blog banners are created a little differently from my header.

First, search for "Blog Banner," then click on the option, which will bring you to the following screenshot.

I upload a photo to Canva from my computer ("Uploads" on the sidebar), or use the free photos already provided, and then drag it to the plain white box.


See the templates and photos on the side? Explore and experiment with those. I don't use a template for my banners.

Don't forget the text!!

HOW I CREATE MY GRAPHICS

I also create graphics. These are the photos at the bottom of my posts that you can pin to Pinterest!

Here's how I create my graphics.

First, search for "Blog Graphic," and you'll get this:


I do use a template for my graphics. Explore and experiment with the template choices for your blog. And don't forget the text!


So there you go! That's how I create my graphics for my blog! (And yes, you can also create mock covers for your books!!)

Feel free to experiment with the choices Canva gives youbut remember, while creating graphics might be important, don't let it distract you from your writing!


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what about you?
Do you create graphics for your blog? Have you ever used Canva?

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4 comments

  1. Neat! I don't make a ton of graphics but when I do I use Pixlr...it's a photo editing app. XD Not exactly what it's intended for I guess, but it's easier for me to work with.

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    1. Nice, Kassie! I used to use Pixlr, but the formatting got really weird for me... That's awesome if it works for you! :D

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  2. Great post! I use Canva and Pixabay a lot and I just learned about unsplash! Can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Thank you, Ryana Lynn! Glad you found this helpful! :D

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