One thing I’ve noticed with blogs I follow is that they all have something in common, and it’s not the content.

Years ago when I started blogging, I was always trying to make my blog look great. Having a nice design with eye-catching colours was my goal, but every time I designed a site, I still wasn’t happy with it.

It took me a few years to realise that it was nothing to do with the theme or design framework itself. It was more to do with the graphical elements of each blog post.

Those graphics used in the blog post content and main feature images pulled the blog design together. Also, good graphics will keep people on your page a little longer helping to improve SEO.

Adding stunning graphics plays a role in making a “good design” or making it “look nice” as my clients used to say.

Video Tutorial – How To Create Blog Images & eBooks With Canva

Example Graphics You Could Make

Here’s a look at some blogs I’ve visited recently and what they all share in common is stunning graphics. Graphics that you want to click on while reading a post or graphics that catch your attention while scrolling a social feed.

Notice how the bright colours and icons make you look twice. Imagine scrolling Twitter and seeing these images.

Look at these from HelpScout blog.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

These placeholders form the CoSchedule blog.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

This opt-in graphic is from their video marketing tips.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

These form Buffer’s 25 Days, 25 Social Media tactics email course.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

…and this from 127 Time-Saving Keyboard Social Media Shortcuts.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Here’s another from Vyper Marketing case study blog post.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

And another example from GetVero blog post Migrating from Mandrill to Vero.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

You get the idea.

Now you might be wondering – How do you create these kind of graphics?

If you didn’t read the headline, it was…

Canva – Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software

There are lots of tools you can use, but the one I like most is Canva

Just to clarify, I’m not saying all the designs above were created using Canva…but they could have been!

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Here are some examples of images we’ve made using Canva.

This cover and full PDF checklist from how to add personality to your marketing and choosing the right social platform for building your community.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

This 21 landing page tips cover.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

And, some others I made in the video tutorial above.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Then with a background image added.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

And, finally a picture of me matching an example from Coschedule as shown in the video.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Some Canva Tips:

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Check your design you’ve saved, or click File to trigger the autosave.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Upload your own design or graphics.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Arrange the order of your images.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • To create really thin lines.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

I suggest you create a rectangle, zooming in and making it thin. Canva doesn’t have a line point size option so this is my work around.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Rotate shapes for some extra design flare
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Use transparency on graphics to fade them out.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Add links to text in your PDF eBook.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Canva For Work

My favourite features in the paid version are:

  • Resize templates after you create them. This is a powerful feature. You can resize design to existing templates.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Then choose a pre-design template style size.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Or, you can choose dimensions and add your own custom sizes.

How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Upload your own fonts that you buy.
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
  • Export to transparent PNG!!
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide
How to Create Blog Graphics With Canva | OptimizePress Guide

Transparent PNGs are those files that have a clear background.

They also have Canva Print coming soon.

Like I said on the video and tweeted Canva.

Now go and create some amazing blog graphics and eBooks!

Have you enjoyed this article?

Please share your comments below and tell us if you like these how-to style posts and what others you would like to see.


    12 replies to "How To Create Jaw Dropping Blog Graphics With Canva"

    • Andrew Lock

      Canva is brilliant, thanks for reminding us about it David

      • David Frosdick

        You’re welcome Andrew!! Thanks for stopping by the blog :) Hope you’re keeping busy!

    • James Dyson

      Canva is really awesome. Thanks for putting together this post David

    • David Frosdick

      You’re welcome James!

    • Wilfred

      David, thanks for posting this awesome video on Canva. You’ve made it looked really simple to use!

    • Nurudeen Tijani

      @DavidFrosdick – great post and very informative. Do we have access to the blue (or other colors) banner you’ve used in some of your post images. I am referring to the blue banner displayed in the last image of this post.

    • Marcelo Sartor

      It’s brilliant, thanks for reminding us about it David

    • Jay

      David,
      Canva is awesome, thanks for the tip I’m addicted.
      Question: what is the best size for featured images on blog posts using the smart theme?
      Jay

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