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PHOTOGRAPHY 101

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PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Why I Use Canva and You Should Too

One of the things that makes for great blogging content is great images. The bigger, brighter, sharper images are always pleasing to the eye and hopefully that means your readers will stick around a little longer. The same applies to graphics on your blog.
Here are five reasons I use Canva and why you should too.

1.  The basic version is free

I used to pay on another site to create my post graphics. While it worked pretty well for some things, I always felt limited by it. With Canva there is so much to work with on the basic version. I have all the things I had with my paid version - but at no cost - with a lot more options.
There is a wide variety of designs you can choose from. Want to make a long skinny Pinterest graphic? They have you covered. Looking to make a Facebook cover page, you got it! Want to do a custom dimension? Go for it!

2. Saving your work

One of my biggest gripes with the old service I was using was that I could not save my work. One time I made my Media Kit on it and that was a huge mistake. I had to recreate the whole thing anytime I wanted to update it which was a pain in the butt. Especially since they were usually very minor tweaks to show improved numbers.
These are just a few of the graphics I have created which even includes an invoice a photography client had requested. I love that I now have a template that I can adjust as needed for future clients. Also sometimes I waiver between what image to use for a post, it's nice to be able to save and see them side by side. You are also able to delete and dismiss graphics once you no longer need them.

3. Stock Photos

If you haven't read this one bloggers nightmare story you're in for a scare. When using images on your blog it is important to never - and I mean NEVER - use a random image from Google. Photographers are paid money to produce these images and own copyrights to them. If you can't use your own image then you should always pay for a stock image. With Canva they make that super easy. You can literally search thousands of stock images and when you go to save your graphic you pay for those components. Stock images are $1 a piece.
Here I searched dog and once I check out and pay for the images the Canva watermark will disappear. Super easy way to legitimately get the photo you want and not worry about the potential to find yourself in a lawsuit!

4. Photo Sizing

Sometimes you want to create images that have a neat juxtaposition. Two photos side by side or in a collage. Canva is super user friendly and makes editing, sizing and places images a breeze.
5. Options

Sometimes you just don't know where to start with what would make a good graphic. Canva gives a ton of examples on the left (some free, some paid) that you can brainstorm ideas with. This has definitely upped my level of creating graphics people are more likely to click on.
So there you have it why I am now fully a Canva convert. This is not a paid post and zero affiliate links have been used. I just love it and think you will too!

I can only imagine how much more Canva has to offer in it's upgraded version, plus tons of stuff I probably don't even know the basic version can do!

Are you pro Canva? What's your favorite feature?

12 comments

  1. I have never heard of canva! I have been using picmonkey but sometimes I want something a little more professional looking! This sounds perfect!

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  2. Thank you for sharing! I've already been testing it out and updating some posts! I love it!

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  3. Canva is THE BEST. The paid version is even better - magically resizes your images for different social media AND saves your colors and branding for you! The BEST.

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  4. I love, love love Canva, but just started using it a few weeks ago. Not sure what took me so long ;)

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  5. I love this post! Had no idea it existed. You've converted me!

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  6. I have never used Canva, but you nearly have me convinced. PicMobkey is my current go to, but it is less than desirable.

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  7. Yay! Now I can also switch from PicMonkey to Canva x

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  8. Never heard of them but I'm totally gonna give it a try! Do you find you use it mostly on your desktop/laptop or on your phone?

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  9. I have been using Canva for a while and I LOVE it! Its so convenient and easy!

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  10. Ive been s-l-o-w-l-y making my way over to Canva, any tips and tricks post would be incredibly helpful :)

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  11. Great post! I've only every used Canva for creating graphics, but now I am curious about their stock images and sizing and such. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. awesome, I've used picasa for years and make graphics in keynote, i'm so old school. I think I'll finally try this out. I was never a fan of picmonkey, but this looks way better.

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