How to Create An Awesome Featured Image (Using Canva) To Make Your Blog A Brand

Images are the key to your blog’s success. Visuals have always been at the heart of your blog’s content. Everything has to look nice, pretty and appealing. Everything has to also look, consistent and blend into your theme as well as stand out from the crowd.

One way to do this is to have a template for your featured images.
Say what?
Okay, I might be making no sense but here’s what I mean:
Here’s mine @ My Bookish Life if you haven’t noticed:

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And even the BMP has a template:


Have you seen PaperFury’s?

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These are just a few examples, but it just helps give consistency throughout your blog. And though mine aren’t that developed just yet, it gives your blog some IDENTITY!

You want to make your blog known. Whenever someone sees a post of yours, they know it is ACTUALLY YOURS because it has your style written all over it.

In other words, if you’re featured images stay consistent, your blog will be known for it.

We’re going to be using Canva today, which is better than Picmonkey because you can edit your template over and over again. You cannot do this with Picmonkey. BeFunky is also a good example of templates.

Let’s begin then, shall we?

Wait! HOLD ON! Here are some things you need to know before you get started

Top Tips

 

  • Be sure to look at your recommended featured image size! You don’t want your image to look oblong and blurry on your blog! Go to your site’s information to see the recommended specs and go from there.  
  • Don’t copy other people’s styles. Be unique and make it match your blog theme.
  • Change up the fonts, colours as well as images for new posts but keep the layout the same. You can obviously keep the same font and colours to match with the blog theme.
  • Be sure to add a watermark which should be small to your images to help your work stay YOURS!
  • Canva requires an account so quickly make one!

 

1. Choose an image

There are so many great FREE stock photos out there that you can use. So take a look, Pixabay is my favourite for these but there are a lot of others like http://www.rekitanicole.com/ which are great too!

 

 

  1. Add an overlay

 

Adding overlays is most common. The colour for your overlay should be the colour of your blog. Make it transparent so you can still see the image but also have a hint of identity. Of course, you don’t have to add one, as it is YOURS!

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  1. Choose your colours

 

I use Tin Eye’s colour lab for this. Upload your image there to get a  feel of the colours. Then go! Copy and paste the hex code into a document colour on Canva and TADA!You’ve got your colour palette

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  1. Add text

 

You can be as creative as you like with this. Add your own text, play around with fonts and colours and you’ll end up with something like this.

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  1. Save It!

 

Name your design, download and upload to your blog post! You are done, and you have a perfect image! Now, use this template for all your blog posts and you’re good to go…

 

Now you have completed your design! Use this template for ALL your featured images and you’ve created your blog’s identity. BYE!

 

Canva | Your Best Friend | How to use it for your blog // 1 // Featured Image Hacks

Hey lovely bloggers, Farah Edzua is here writing for you, my tips and experiences on Canva. Some of you already know about this but for the newbies, you may not know about this awesome hack! 

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What Is Canva? 

I bet that some of you may ask yourself, what is Canva. Canva is a free site that has a variety of tools and templates that help you to create the best graphic for your blog but however, they offered you a premium package if you want to be more advantage. It doesn’t require any skills in order to make beautifully designed graphics. That’s one of my main reason, why I liked it so much.

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Way to use Canva for your blog (1)

  • Your Featured Image Template 

To be honest, I’d never seen any ways that easier than using Canva method. Some of you did make a featured image for your posts while some of you, didn’t make it and personally, it doesn’t matter if you want to make it or not. It’s all up to you but for those who make it, I got you the easiest method in order to make your own personalized featured image.

  • Open Canva site
  • Create a new design 

Note : Choose the size for your featured image and I think presentation template works well.

  • Start to get creative!

At this point, you’re the one who decides what is your graphic going to look like. You could make your own template or even use the template that Canva has offered you. You could use this as your guide.

 

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This is the very basic one but however, you could customize it to match with your style

 

How it works?

So basically, it could save you so much time. You literally need to go to Canva and click on the template that you made and change the title, your post category, and the background. Then, you could quickly save it to your computer and upload it to your post!

That’s it for today post. I hope that you found something new from this and help you out in the future! Follow if you aren’t already to see more helpful posts from other BMP Team. Like and comment down below your questions, thoughts or anything related to blogging and we’ll try to response to you as fast as we could! ☺️

🎉Good Luck, Bloggers!🎉

 

Where to Find Fonts for Your Blog Graphics | My Fonts Recommendation

Hey guys, it’s me FarahEdz and I’m here with ton of information about Fonts that you could use for your graphics! I also give you my recommendations of Fonts for you to use! Make sure to read everything so you didn’t miss any important thing!

Where To Find Your Fonts

This website have ton of beautiful fonts! The good news here is they offer the fonts for free, without paying anything! Most of my fonts, I got from DaFont and I believe most of the YouTubers often use this website too!
You literally need to download this on your computer! For those who are using Mac, they will need to click on the zip file they had downloaded. After that, a folder will pop up. Find a file in the folder says either (name).otf or (name).ttf. Click on one of them and then, the fonts will be automatically downloaded to your fonts book!
For the Windows user, you could totally search up the steps on Google. I promise you, the steps are super duper easy!

Well, Creative Market is a website that offers you Beautiful Fonts but however, for those who are on the budget, I’m not recommending you this website. Mainly because they require money to have. Although most of their fonts are paid, their fonts are obviously even prettier than DaFont.com website ones. If you want to advantage your graphics, I highly recommend you to buy either the fonts or graphics that the website offers you!

My Personal Favourite Fonts

Of course, I got all of these from DaFont.com! I seriously can’t choose because all of them are so freaking beautiful! Tell me which one is your favourite 😉

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So yeah! That’s all that I have to share with you today! I hope that you found this helpful! Make sure that you wait for a new post from me, because in the next post, I will be sharing with you, Blogger Hacks, How to Graphics and so much more! If you got questions about anything that related to blogging or designing, make sure to leave it on our contact page or comment it down below!

~FarahEdz