Creating a Header Using Canva

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As I said last week I'm going to help you create your own header using Canva this week. Now I'm not claiming to be an artist of any sort. In fact I'm fairly rubbish when it comes to that stuff, but Canva make it really easy to make something that looks great.

Creating a Blog Header using Canva is easy and it's free!


The first thing you need to do is go to Canva.com and choose the kind of document you want. You can choose one of the preset dimensions or you can customise your dimensions.

The Blog Title is an obvious choice here and it measures 560px x 315px.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Designs premade or choose your own to customise.


A good size for your header is 1140px x 300px but if you'd prefer the Blog Title dimensions then go for that. My header measures 1000px x 225px.

To customise your dimensions you need to click here:

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Custom dimensions in Canva

Then type in your desired dimensions and click "Design!"

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Type in your own dimensions, and get creating!


You'll be presented with a blank canvas with the dimensions you requested. 

Now it's time to get creative.

If you've already decided on your blog name great! A word of caution though, try to make it clear and something that you can use for the entire time you'll be writing your blog. I learnt this the hard way and ended up changing my blog name. To avoid confusion I'd recommend finding a blog title that you can stick with.

Using your blog title and your chosen colours you can create your blog header.

There are loads (and I mean loads) of text choices in Canva. You can write your text in a simple box, much like mine, in your selected text and leave it at that, or you can choose one of their preset designs.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Preset headers galore! Check out Canva's list.


I'd recommend trying out a few of the present designs first, just in case you find something you like.

As an example I'll go through the process.

Choose a preset design - I chose this one simply because it had my name on it!

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Choose your favourite design.

Next you need to change the colours of the preset design to your own colours.

Click on the colours and it will bring up a pallet of basic colours, then click on the plus sign to bring up the box where you can type in your colour code.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Type in your colour code, or pick a colour from the pallet.

If you've already decided on a colour scheme that's great and you can change all the parts of preset design to fit in with your ideas.

Here's what my finished article looked like after changes.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: A standard design with colours changed.

Now the picture above obviously doesn't have my blog title so I couldn't use it just yet. Next you'll need to change to text to say what you want it to.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Text change, now it's Morgan's Milieu.


If you don't like the preset font you can change that too, again have a play around to see what you like.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Font changed, colours changed, it's getting there.

When you've settled on your font play around with taglines and colours.


Like I said, be sure to try out the other styles too...

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Simple yet elegant design.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Another design, play around, find your favourite style.

I kind of like the picture above, it reminds me of pirates. I can imagine having a skull icon or something above that big X.

Playing around with the presets is fun because you don't really have to do much creating, it's already done for you (great for people like me). If you're more creative and think you can come up with something better you can always design your own.

Canva has icons, illustrations and other pre-made things you could use for your header. You can even upload your own images if you choose.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Add icons, images, shapes or frames to your header for free too with Canva.

Once you've finished designing it's time to download your image. In the top right corner click on "Donwload".

Select your choice from the list, I generally use jpg for anything I'll be using on the blog.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Downloading your finished image.

When you click you'll be presented with a progress bar, it should only take a short time and when finished your image will be there.

Customisation Tips For A Blogger Blog - Creating a Header Using Canva | Morgan's Milieu: Download your image, save to your computer. It's yours, for all eternity!


You have your new blog header!

Next time I'll show you how to put your new image onto your blog.

Until then...

Keep blogging!



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20 comments:

  1. These are so useful, I've created a special board for them so I don't lose them. Thank you

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  2. Ohh! I have never tried Canva before. I'm due a new blog header so will have to give it a go x

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    1. You really should, there's so much available and it doesn't cost anything. Even for a art dunce like me it's easy to create something that looks good! :)

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  3. I have never used Canva and have instead used Pic monkey, but I have heard good things about it from a couple of people this week. So I think I need to try and I also think I shall find your tips very helpful :)

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    1. I looked at PicMonkey, I like it but I think for creating something from scratch I prefer Canva. Let me know how you find it. :)

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  4. This sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from #coolmumclub

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  5. Ooh I love Canva, Morgan. It's so useful for so much! I love playing around with it. It can take time to get to grips with it, so this is a really useful guide to getting going. Looks lovely! xx #sharewithme

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    1. I couldn't agree more Leigh, it does take a while to get used to it. I'm sure there's things about it that I'm not up to date with! Thanks so much for stopping by. xx

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  6. Sorting out some blog artwork is at the top of my blog to do list...pinning this post for later reference! Thanks Morgan! x MMT #coolmumclub Thanks for linking

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  7. This is great! I had never heard of it before but I have already had a look and will definitely be using it! Thanks!! :)

    #brillblogposts

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  8. Ooh this was helpful, I hadn't heard of Canva but I shall be having a little look, whilst referring back to you post as I don't have a header. I have an idea in my head so I shall see if I can make it work. Thanks for sharing. Nicky x #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Glad to help - hope you manage to create that header! ;)

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  9. Great tips and tutorial hunny. I have been trying to learn more about canva and using it as I am always using picmonkey but canva has so much more to offer. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Yes, Canva is great - I've found it so useful and I use it much more than I use PicMonkey. :)

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  10. Ive just started using it but was a little confused. Thanks for your tutorial.

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    1. I hope it was helpful to you Gemma. Don't be afraid to play around with colours and fonts. I think the best way to learn how to use it, and use it well, is to play. It's how toddlers do it right? ;)

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