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Do your WordPress posts contain blog images? In the past, blog posts were usually just text. However, to make your posts truly stand out in this day and age, you need visuals. In BuzzSumo’s research, for instance, articles with images every 75-100 words were more likely to be shared.
Unfortunately, there’s a problem:
Everyone is not a designer. What if you don’t know how to use professional tools to create blog images for WordPress? Canva is a program that does this. You’re about to learn how to create stunning images for your blog posts using Canva.
Canva: What is it?
Before we get started, let me briefly introduce Canva. Design can now be accessed by anyone due to its cloud-based platform. You could compare it to Photoshop, without the steep learning curve (or as deep as the features).
No matter what your level of design expertise, Canva allows you to create blog images for WordPress in minutes. As a result, you should not be scared of adding yet another time-consuming task to your list. Learning the basics will help you create blog images without adding to your workload.
How to make WordPress blog images using Canva?
Before you begin, you’ll need to sign up for an account with Canva. You can create an account for free, so there is no need to be concerned. By following these instructions, you can create blog images once you’ve created an account and logged in:
Step 1: Choosing your image dimensions (or creating your canvas)
Blog post images can be uploaded to Canva using one of the many models presets. However, that’s not what you should use. The Facebook ad option can be found at the bottom of the screen after clicking on More:
That’s right, that’s right. What’s the point of choosing the Facebook ad option when you’re creating a blog image? This option allows you to share your blog posts on Facebook as well as on your blog. I believe it’s the best, but you are not required to use it.
Step 2: Select a style from the presets
Creating blog images for WordPress in Canva is possible if you want it. The problem is that they already have so many beautiful presets that were created by professionals. So, I recommend that you choose one of these presets from the sidebar:
Ensure that it is marked as FREE, since some layouts charge.
As for the background, you don’t have to worry about it because I’ll show you how to alter it in the following section. You should only pay attention to the style and appearance of the text.
Step 3: Choosing a background image
The copyright law prevents you from simply using a random image as your background. Licenses must be obtained before using an image. Rather than trying to explain the legal issues surrounding Creative Commons licenses, I’ll tell you where you can get high-quality, free, and legal backgrounds:
- Unsplash – Unsplash has stunning landscape images. They are good for background information, but not for specialized topics.
- Pixabay – Pixabay has an excellent search function. For this reason, you should check here if you need an image.
- Pexels – The best free images and videos shared by talented photographers and creators.
Take a look at some images and download them. Once you have that, upload it to Canva by clicking the Upload button:
You can then drag that new background onto your design canvas after uploading it:
Click on the background image and choose Edit Image at the top if you want to change the style of your background image:
You can move on to the text as soon as you’re satisfied with the background.
Step 4: Add your text and style it
A placeholder text should already be visible if you selected a preset layout. By clicking and typing on this text, you can edit it.
When you have selected your text, you will have the option to change the font style, size, or color:
On the left, you can add more text by clicking the Text tab:
Having two fonts that pair well with one another helps create impactful images. In Canva, these pairings are suggested pretty well. Font Pair can be used to create font pairings, however, it can also be a time-saver if you wish to create your own. The WordPress typography post by Joe also offers some great ideas.
Step 5: Overlay the text for a professional appearance (optional)
Adding a transparent image overlay to your text will make it easier to read if the text is hard to read. Often successful bloggers use transparent overlays on their blog images – you might enjoy the style as well.
Add a transparent overlay with Canva by going to Elements – Shapes and dragging your desired shape onto your background:
Once you have chosen a color, you should make the shape transparent. Transparency is essential since, without it, you will just have a shape overlit. That’s not good! Click on the shape and then choose the transparency option to add some transparency:
You can adjust your transparency preferences but it’s usually a good start to start at 50%.
You can then just resize the shape to fit behind your text and you should get the following:
Step 6: Adding and styling elements (optional)
Canva provides a comprehensive library of non-text elements for you to choose from. Generally, you can find a free version of an element you need, but not all of them are free.
For example, you could drag the WordPress logo onto your image if you wanted one: Search for WordPress and drag the element onto your image:
While ignoring this step is fine, there are some situations in which vector elements make sense.
Adding your logo or watermark is as simple as uploading an image and dragging it to the canvas.
Step 7: Download and Save your image
That’s all there is to it! You’re done now. The image you created for your blog is awesome. By clicking on the Download button at the top of your screen, you will be able to download your image as a .PNG: Now, you can download your image as follows:
Make sure to optimize the file before uploading it to your WordPress site. Finally, you can sit back and admire the beautiful blog image you created.
Canva will make creating images as easy as pie once you manage to get the hang of it. You’ll get more engagement and shareability with these WordPress blog images, which is a win for everyone!