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How To Use Canva To Create Visual Images

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How To Use Canva To Create Visual Images For Blogs, Pins and Social Media Images? Canva is my most favourite app when it comes to creating visual images. I use Canva to create all my blog images and pins since the first day I build this blog.

I am sure many of you are already familiar with Canva. This free app helps you to create almost any type of visual images that you can think of. You don’t have to be a designer to create beautiful visual images to attract your audience. If you don’t want to download the app, then just head on the Canva site, create a free account and you can start creating beautiful images.

How To Use Canva To Create Visual Images

Tutorial: How To Use Canva To Create Visual Images

In one of my post, 9 Tricks To Increase Blog Post Share, I did mention that creating a pinnable image is very important. I find that using the Canva mobile app is so much more convenient for me. I can create my visual images no matter where I am at and save it to my gallery for future use.

After you have installed and login to the Canva app, you will be welcome to a home screen that looks something like below. For this tutorial, I will show you how I create visual images for my blog post.

canva home screen

Canva has about 60,000 ready templates that you can use to create your visual images. I usually use a blank template to start, so that I can get more creative and make my pins look more original.

Canva Pinterest Template

Even though I am creating a blog image, I would usually choose the size of a Pinterest image. Why? So that I don’t need to create another visual image for my pins. I can just pin directly from my post.

Canva Pinterest Blank Image

The first thing I do is I add a background image. You can use what they already have in Canva or you can use one from your own gallery. I usually use pictures from stock photos. You can get them free from Pexels or from any other stock photo site.

Background Canva Image To Edit

Once you have added your chosen background, just click on the + sign and you can start editing your visual image by either adding text, shape, images, etc.

Canva Tutorial To Create Pin Image

I usually add a square transparent shape at the front of my background before I add the text to make the text stand out and to avoid covering the background at the same time. You can adjust the transparency level too.

How To Edit Using The Canva App
How To Adjust Transparency Level On Canva

Finally, I will add a suitable text which is usually taken from my blog post title and also add on my website URL.

Adding Text To Canva Images

If I am satisfied with the image, then I will upload it to my blog post. If I am not satisfied, I will edit it again. This is to make sure it looks attractive for others to share it too.

Editing Visual Images On Canva

There you go, my basic tutorial on using the Canva app to create blog images and pins. If you do have a question, just ask me in the comment section below.

Do you love using Canva too? If you have any tips to create attractive visual images using Canva, do share with me too.

How To Use Canva To Create Visual Images
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  1. Wow, this is such a helpful post πŸ™‚ I use canva on my desktop for my blogpost images but never tried mobile app. I will try it now!

    Ana (Natural Beauty And Makeup)

    1. karenmonica says:

      Do try the mobile app too, you will enjoy editing using the Canva app πŸ™‚

  2. I have been using GIMP for most of my images. The learning curve was steep and it took me several months to figure out that program. One of my friends uses Canva and really likes it. I plan on trying it out in the near future, this Canva tutorial will be helpful!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I have tried a few other image editors including GIMP but seem to have difficulties to really understand it. But with Canva I was editing as soon as I installed the app πŸ™‚

  3. You wont believe. I have never used canva πŸ™ˆ this tutorial is for someone like me. βœ”

    1. karenmonica says:

      Do give Canva a try. I hope the tutorial will be helpful. Just let me know if you need any help using the app later. πŸ™‚

  4. Joline says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about canva. Especially for making pins. I’d love to learn to use it to make infographics too.

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am sure you would love using Canva and create beautiful infographics πŸ™‚

  5. While I’ve had and used photoshop for almost 15 years, my mom is always needing graphics. I’ve told her about Canva, but she hasn’t had much time to figure it out. I’ll be passing this on to her as it’s a great tutorial to get started.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thanks Stephanie. I hope your mum would enjoy using Canva.

  6. Am not really good at canvas but with this post I should be able to try it out. Saving this post.

    1. karenmonica says:

      I hope you will find this Canva tutorial helpful. Do let me know if you need any help using it.

  7. This is perfect! I also use Canva whenever I make thumbnail for my YouTube VLOGS. It’s easy to use! Also, thanks for recommending Pexels. I’m checking it now.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, Canva is very easy to use. Pexels has loads of pretty stock photos.

  8. Mayuri Saxena says:

    I love using Canva! It is not only easy to use but also has some great templates. I have never used Pexels but I am going to look at it right now!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, Canva does have some great templates.

  9. I have been using Canva for a while now. However I only use it on a desktop computer. I’m going to have to try it on a mobile phone. It would be so much easier to just create pinable images on the go.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Try the app Nina, I am sure you would love it too πŸ™‚

  10. Courtney says:

    Oooo so many great tips!!! When I first started blogging I used Canva all the time to make my Pinterest images

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that’s great Courtney πŸ™‚


    I think I tried Canva a while back but only once. I normally use another free site to create images.

    1. karenmonica says:

      What site that you usually use Melanie?

  12. I’ve always used Photoshop but canva definitely is easier! Which makes me want to give it a try

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am not that good using photoshop πŸ™

  13. Neely Moldovan says:

    This is so helpful! I get stuck on Canva so much! Ive never been able to figur it out

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hope this tutorial helps then πŸ™‚

  14. Yeah, I had always use desktop to create images on canva, but now I can try this on mobile app.

    1. karenmonica says:

      The mobile app is great too Ritu, try it πŸ™‚

  15. Great tutorial on the app! (I am usually using Canva on my laptop vs my mobile device, so this was actually super helpful!)

    1. karenmonica says:

      Glad you found this helpful πŸ™‚

  16. I’ve been using Canva for years now. It’s such a great app and I’m so glad you’re spreading the word about it!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great Gena. I am sure you always creates beautiful visual images πŸ™‚

  17. I adore canva! It helps me make all of the best pins! I also like that it saves my previous work so I can repost

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that is awesome Jess πŸ™‚

  18. Wow, I use Canva for editing pictures for my blog I really need this tutorial and a great idea from you. Thank you for sharing!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am sure you are enjoying Canva too Maysz πŸ™‚

  19. never really heard of canva but know some few graphic editors thanks for enlightening me

    1. karenmonica says:

      Do give Canva a try πŸ™‚

  20. Melanie williams says:

    This looks like a very useful guide to Canva. Always helps to re-train on photos when you are a blogger xx

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you Melanie πŸ™‚

  21. I love canva! I use it for every blog post and pinterest post! I like the mobile app as it is handy and quicker, but I feel like all the features that are on the website itself isn’t on the mobile app. I pay for the canva subscription as well!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, there are some features on the website that is not on the app but that doesn’t stop you from editing some great graphics on the app πŸ™‚

  22. Wow, what a great app for the phone, right? Is there a desktop version as I usually make graphics on my computer.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, there is definitely a desktop version…I mentioned that in my post above πŸ™‚

  23. I just re-signed for Canva for Work. It’s amazing!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great πŸ™‚

  24. Excellent post, this step-by-step tutorial really helped me!

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