Having a selection of templates on hand for your social media strategy helps you achieve brand consistency and will definitely speed up your content creation process!
But do you know what to do with them once you get your hands on them?
If the answer is no (or kinda or not exactly), that’s totally fine… and I’m going to help you fix that!
If you’re getting frustrated with the design aspects of creating kick-ass social media content, but don’t have the budget to hire a designer, I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m truly passionate about helping savvy solopreneurs succeed and I’m delighted when I get the opportunity to share more ways to help you do exactly that!
If you don’t have enough hours in the day to work on creating your own designs from scratch, I'm here to say that there's a perfect solution for you! But I’m not just going to tell you about it, I’m going to show you too!
And that's where Canva comes in...
What Is Canva?
Canva is pretty much the coolest thing to use nowadays to quickly and easily create custom graphics for your business!
Canva is a FREE graphic design tool website that uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts! It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.
The tools can be used to create stunning graphics for social media, print, web, and more! In a nutshell, it’s going to change your life and if you’re not using it yet, you totally should be!
How To Use Canva
I’ve created a video tutorial to not only get you comfortable with using Canva but to also help you get familiar with the most common tools available! I’m touching on all the basics so you know how to work with them and can become a pro in no time!
For demonstration purposes, I’ve used my own FREE Instagram Post Templates for Canva*, so if you haven’t already, be sure to grab yours here first so you can follow along even easier! ⤵️
* The 5-pack that was used at the time this video was made has since been upgraded to an 8-pack!
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The Video Tutorial
My templates are fully customizable so you can make every aspect of them your own!
Edit text. Edit photos. Edit colors. Use them over & over again, the possibilities are endless! So let’s dig in and see how it’s done!
Here’s everything that you’re going to learn in my video tutorial:
1 | Make A Copy (00:54) → Whether you’re starting with my templates or a set you’ve gotten elsewhere, you must make a copy of your templates before you start customizing them! If this is your first time playing around with Canva, I suggest making even more than one copy so you can have a “practice” set of templates to learn on.
2 | Photos (02:29) → Add & customize your photos in templates! I’m showing you the ‘Elements’ section with Canva's searchable photo library plus I also explain the ‘Upload’ section so you can create a gallery of your own photos. I walk you through how to add photos to your template, then how to replace, re-position, and more!
3 | Shapes (05:12) → It’s helpful to know how to work with those rectangles, circles, lines, and all other shapes! This section covers how to re-size, move, and align them, plus how to change colors and more!
4 | Text (07:32) → I’m breaking down how to customize all of your text, including how to re-size and how to use text tools to change colors, fonts, size, alignment, spacing, and position. It's super simple (and super fun) to play with fonts!
5 | Additional Tools (10:12) → Without diving too deep, I'm giving you a brief overview of what's available and what to expect when you're working with different elements. Filter & adjust photos, copy elements, control position, remove elements, adjust transparency, add hyperlinks, lock elements in place, and change your screen view to zoom in or out.
6 | Download (13:43) → Once you're thrilled with the way your design looks and you're done customizing, the last step is to download! I show you how to select the file type and page(s) before you download your finished masterpiece!
If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a pretty big graphics nerd (and I may or may not have had my nerd glasses on this whole time!). 🤓
I would love to hear from you if you have any other questions about social media templates or using Canva that I haven’t already covered above or in my tutorial video! Please don't hesitate to contact me with an email or DM on Instagram!
And just in case I didn’t convince you to do so earlier, here’s one more chance to grab my FREE Canva 8-Pack of Instagram Post Templates to get you started on your way to brand consistency!
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Hey there, I'm Casey! I love helping solopreneurs & bloggers build their new brands!
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