By now you know one of the best ways to hook a reader is by pairing your amazing content with amazing graphics. One way to create those graphics is by adding text to your images. But how do you do that without expensive software or online membership fees? My go-to solution is Canva.
What is Canva?
Canva is an online graphic design tool you can use to create graphics for web or print. It's easy to use, with a drag-and-drop method of taking images, graphics, and text onto a canvas.
Canva is mostly free to use. Yes, FREE! Some graphics cost $1, but it has a huge library of free graphics. You also have the option to upload your own image from your computer or Facebook photos, so you don't need to use the paid graphics.
There is really no limit to what you can create in Canva. They literally have just about every kind of graphic covered, from business cards to Facebook ads—and if you don’t find what you are looking for, you can use custom dimensions.
Using Canva to Add Text to Images
Canva is particularly useful for adding text to images. While other online design tools offer the option to add text to images, Canva makes it easy by offering text templates, which takes the guesswork out of layout and font pairing.
Simply choose the text you would like to use, drag it on to your canvas, and drop it where you would like it to show up. To change the sample text to your own custom text, highlight the line you want to change and start typing.
Of course, you can create your own text, too, by clicking the "add text" lines you see in the graphic above. Whether you use a premade template or create your own text, you can always change the colors, fonts, font sizes and more very easily.
Getting the Most out of Canva
There are two tricks to using Canva well, and both involve patience. Be patient with yourself and your design skills, and take the time to get to know Canva and all it has to offer. Practice, practice, practice, and take advantage of the tutorials. The tutorials alone are a huge resource! Unlike other tools, the Canva tutorials are aimed not just at teaching you how to use the product, but also at teaching you about graphic design.
The blessing and the curse of Canva is that it saves constantly. Every time you make a change to the graphic, it will save. If you are like me and have a habit of walking away from your work and forgetting to save—risking losing it all—this is a great feature.
Unfortunately, the auto-save feature makes designing in a hurry impossible. Again, just have a little patience, sit back, and take the time to critique your work. While you wait, you might see something you want to change. Or you might see how much you are improving and just how awesome you are!
Of all of the tools I have used to create graphics, both online and offline, my go-to is Canva, especially when it comes to adding text to images. Its price, its ease of use, and the resources it provides are unmatched in the design world.
Give it a try and bring out your inner designer!
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