I’m active in a lot of blogging and WordPress communities and one of the questions I see posted again and again is “What is the best tool to make blog images?” My answer is always Canva.com and in this post I’ll tell you why and show you exactly how I utilize it to make blog images and much more.
What is Canva.com?
Canva is a free web-based graphic design tool aimed specifically at non-designers (like me). It allows anyone to create beautiful imagery for almost anything you can imagine.
They offer a wide range of pre-sized templates for blog posts, social posts, advertisements, standard eBook covers or you can create whatever custom dimensions you need. After you choose your template size and design, you can quickly add backgrounds, icons, text or even upload your own images.
In short, Canva has everything I need for creating great looking images no matter what my use case.
Why I use Canva and why you should too.
Everything I told you about Canva above applies to the reason I use it, but here’s the short list for easy reference.
- Inexpensive (actually FREE for most of what you will likely need)
- Just enough features without being overwhelming
- Simple and easy to use
- Perfect for non-designers
Blog images and so much more.
When I first discovered Canva, I was looking for an easy way to make images for my blog posts. My goal was to expand into more image-heavy social sites like Pinterest and Instagram.
I used Photoshop previously but Canva made it dead simple for me to create nice looking and consistently branded images. In other words, I wanted my blog post images to all look similar while still being able to easily change the text.
Once I learned the true power of Canva, I began using it for several of my sites including my WordPress plugin business. And not just for blog post images either.
I’ve created a bunch of images for different uses including…
- Featured images for blog posts
- Inline post images
- Pinterest and Instagram
- Facebook posts and ads
- Advertisements for my products so our affiliates can use them
- Even images I use in some of my email Opt-in form tools (I use the Bloom Email Opt-in Forms plugin which allows you to upload images to your forms)
See some examples by clicking the thumbnails below.
Why I use the paid version of Canva.
As you know, I run several Internet business like this one and others like FooPlugins.com. Each business has it’s own branding, or put simply, their own color schemes that correlate with the sites, the social channels, the email newsletter designs, advertisements and more.
It was becoming a real chore for me to keep track of all these colors so I could refer to them when I needed to make sure I was matching branding for any particular site.
Canva also offers the Canva for Work upgrade at just $9.95 per month (paid annually) or $12.95 monthly.
Make no mistake here folks, I am in no way connected with Canva and the links I’m including to Canva are not affiliate links. I’ve just found so much value in this service that I had to share with you!
Here’s the full list of features and benefits found on the Canva for Work page.
In addition to allowing multiple team members and saving design templates, the paid version of Canva also allows you to save your color schemes. That is, when creating anything new in Canva, your existing branding is right there in the color menus for you to choose.
Simple and fast.