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.
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.
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:
Then type in your desired dimensions and click "Design!"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you don't like the preset font you can change that too, again have a play around to see what you like.
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...
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.
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.
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.
You have your new blog header!
Next time I'll show you how to put your new image onto your blog.
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