One – Go to Canva.com
It’s a friendly site that helps you create great graphics.
Two – Choose a Design
There are many design sizes to choose from. Make sure you click on “More,” so that you can see just how many are available. Everything from e-mail headers to book covers.
The one I use most is the Facebook Post, as this size works well on blogs, twitter and FB. Click it, or whichever design interests you.
Three – Choose a Background
Most of my backgrounds are black. It’s a habit I picked up as a teacher. A black background frames everything nicely. But you can choose any color you wish and best of all, you can change it later. Plain colors are free. There are many interesting backgrounds you can pay for and they are inexpensive (most of them are a dollar USD).
Four – Upload Images
You can choose one of their images, or upload an image of your own from your computer.
Five – Add Text
Most of the time I use the plain text, which I choose from the menu on the left side of the page. The two things I remind myself at this stage are: 1) add my website 2) add the buy link. You wouldn’t believe how many times I forget.
Six – Download
If you’re happy with everything, hit download. If a part of your design costs money, this is when they will charge you. Pick up your design from your download file and save it wherever you want it.
Why am I doing this today?
A good, cyber-buddy of mine from Texas, romantic-suspense writer Marsha West, asked me to explain how I use Canva to create my ads. I hope people find it useful.
P.S. There are lots of You Tube videos about using Canva btw. What I’ve described is just the beginning.