Create your Thumbnail/Banners like a PRO! (Easy Tutorial)

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Sometimes we always think that if we don't know how to design or how to use that software, we can never design. First of all, let me tell you, everyone can NOW design a decent to professional looking thumbnail/banner for your post. All you need is the right tools because technology and internet being so advance these days, you can basically get almost anything you want from the internet.


Introducing canva.com


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This AWESOME 'browser design tool' will allow you to create an amazing thumbnail/banner in just minutes. And before I continue, just gotta put it out there, I'm not in any way affiliated to Canva.com. I just think that many Steemians should know that even if they're not designers, they can create a decent looking banner without hiring a designer. Best thing about this site is, it is also available on mobile and is VERY easy to use on the go!

I will try to give you an outline and an example of how you can use canva.com to create your design in less than 10 minutes.

Start Designing!


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First of all, you would have to create an account. It's free to create an account but you'll have options to upgrade it to premium later but it's not compulsory. You get several categories here to select 'what you're creating these designs for'. This is so that canva.com can give you the best User experience. For me, I went ahead and selected Personal use which brings me to the following page.

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Creating an account will also allow you to store your designs in their system so you don't have to be afraid to lose them. I selected 'sign up with facebook' because I dread filling in all of my information but you can create a standalone account if you want to.

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And in a matter of seconds upon creating your account, you will be directed to this simplistic page. Don't worry! You're almost ready to start designing. All you have to do now is click 'Create a design'.

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Once you click 'Create a design', a page will expand and you can select tons and tons of templates. It will basically cover all your needs. Just choose the template you want and feel suited for your design. If you want to create a poster, click the 'poster' template. If you want a thumbnail, you can use the 'youtube thumbnail' template which will work just the same.

For now, I will be showing you how to design using the 'youtube thumbnail' template.

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Once you click the template that you want, a new tab will pop up in your browser. This will be your design site. From the template you selected, you will be given tons of varieties of thumbnail cover designs. Pick one that suits the 'feel' of your thumbnail. I went ahead and selected this simple design to edit.

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Remember the thumbnail for this post? Yea, I did it under 3 minutes on canva.com. Because it's SO SIMPLE!!! Just double click the text that you want to edit and change it. ITS THAT SIMPLE!

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Edited the top header. Remember, you can use what the design template have already given you but if you want to customized it more, you can. Which I will show you later.

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Clicking the text edit will also bring up these customizable bar where you can change your font type, size, colour and many more.

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And when you're satisfied, just clicked the download button on the top right hand corner. In the download section, you can select what format you would want your design to be output into. I would recommend PNG as it retains the quality and has transparent if your design has any.

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bbzzzttt bzzzttttt... creating and loading your design. And of course... you can read some quotes about design while you're waiting for the design to be prep.

Design is the silent ambassador of your brand - Paul Rand
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This familiar windows will pop up and just save it to whichever folder you want! And you're done!


Final Output


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Pretty simple ey? That's cause it is! It is so easy to create a decent looking design for your post and this will not only make your post look more of quality, but looking more professional and this is just a simple design. You would have a range of other templates and layouts to choose from.

You can even customized and add your own style to it. But be warn! The designs given are already good, editing it too much will probably just ruin it.


Customize your Design


Elements Tab


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You can definitely add all sorts of elements from the element tab. Just drag and drop onto your design. You can scale and position it anywhere you want it to be.

Text Tab


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And if you want more styles of headings and more text on your design, drag and drop these onto your design.

Background Tab


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You can also change your background if you think the ones given are not working. Just make sure you know a little bit of design when you do so. Picking the wrong background may cost you a nice design.

Uploads Tab


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What if I need to add my personal logo or my sponsor's logo? Fear not! You can upload your image and like the usual...drag and drop it onto your design.

Search Bar


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The search bar above have also proven itself quite useful if you're searching for a specific art/illustration.


I want more out of canva.com


Even though canva.com is free to use and have provided tons of free templates and design to choose from, you can still opt to upgrade your account to a premium account which of course allow you access to many more collections. I personally just need a simple & nice design so the free account gets the job done, however, if you have benefitted from canva.com, you can go for the premium account.

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I hope that you've found this design tool useful! So what are you waiting for? Start getting that blog of yours looking good!

PS : This post have been posted before on my Steemit profile but I think it's essential to share its benefits again to new and old followers.

Thank You

If you like what I do, check out my other posts on meetups, animation, and designs.

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This was very helpful and I can say I totally agree. I have used Canva for a while. I like how you can create easy collages and hey you cannot beat the price :)

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@ zord189
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which I loved and
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@ nachomolina

Excellent, just started playing with Canva myself... looking at switching from all the paid apps I’m using to a free service which I think this will suffice 👌

Favourites this on Partiko 👍

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I think canva is sufficient unless if you want more nicer backgrounds or elements, then premium isn't that expensive as well. :D

I love Canva
I use it so much that I permanently put it on my credit mention haha

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It's the best! I use it to do some quick thumbnails

Yup this is the only tool I used when creating images. Really good, and free!

Yeaps! And fast too!

Nice! Yeah Canva is such a great app! Sweet tutorial... wish I found it months ago when I was blindly trying to figure out how to use Canva 😂

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Haha! Are you still using it now? Hope this tutorial can help you a little. It's basically just changing the text to yours, that's about it.

Andddddd this is exactly why I quit design! 😂 Technology has made it way to easy for quick easy designs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome and I use softwares/apps/websites like these too. But damn these softwares and taking jobs from designers and undervaluing their work haha, especially when being compared with prices and time durations.

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Oh, I totally Agree! I hate fiverr till this day because it's charging and lowballing the whole artist market. It is a tough world for designers.

Nice @zord189 you introduced me to canva last time around and I have had a few goes. I'm getting there but I have a long way to go to hit the quality levels that you do.

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Haha the best part about canva is that you don't really have to change the templates that they've already provided. Just change the text to yours is fine. :D

Strangely enough, I use canva for all my work but I'm not as advanced as you are 😉 thanks for this article, I definitely learnt something from it.

oh that's cool! nah I don't actually use a lot of the features of it. I just use it to make quick thumbnails when I do not have much time. It does get the job done :)

I need to go and revisit this. I have an account and haven't had the patience to fiddle. Thanks for the reminder. :D

Haha, you should, I go here to make really quick thumbnails, either that or I just use a photo as a thumbnail

Nice find, will Five it a try

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Thanks, hope it helps you out in creating nice Steem thumbnails