Canva is the computer app that I use every day!  A super easy design tool, Canva makes it possible for pretty much anyone to create eye-catching images without graphic design experience.

I'm going to show you in 10 easy steps how I used Canva for free to create the graphic on my Calls for Artists page on my blogYou can start from scratch, but for ease of demonstration, we are going to use a ready-made template.

10 easy steps to using the graphics app canva by the good life of an artist merrill weber


http://www.thegoodlifeofanartist.com/p/calls-for-artists.html
 1. Create a Canva account and choose a template.  I'm using the EMAIL HEADER option for this example.
Step 1, Create an account and choose a template, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
2. Scroll through the options in the left hand column and select your design.

Step 2, How to use Canva, choose your design from the examples in the column on the left, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
3. Upload your image or images from your computer.  This design calls for one photo.
Step 2, How to use Canva, choose your design from the examples in the column on the left, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
4. Click and drag your image on top of the example image.  Resize it by dragging the corners.
Step 4, How to use Canva, click and resize, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
5. Click the background (turquoise) to select it, and choose the color you would like it to be.  There are many standard colors, or click the plus sign (+) for even more!  
Step 5, How to use Canva, choose color, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
6. Click and highlight the top line of text, then write over it with whatever you would like it to say. You can change the font, font size and color, if you like.
Step 6, How to use Canva, choose font, resize, choose color and write text, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
7. Highlight the second line of text and repeat step #6.
Step 7, How to use Canva, choose font, resize, choose color and write text, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
8. Click on the project name and rename it. Click done.
Step 8, How to use Canva, rename, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
 9. Under the file pull-down menu, click save.
Step 9, How to use Canva, save, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber
10. Click the download tab, select your file type and click download.
Step 10, How to use Canva, download and save, The Good Life of an Artist Blog by Merrill Weber

That's it!  Super easy!  I hope you enjoy Canva as much as I do.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!

P.S.  Canva is now available in the Google Play store HERE.  I just downloaded it and will report back soon on ease of use.