From time to time we all have to put together images to help promote our music whether it be for gigs, new releases or social media banners etc. Well in this post I’m going to show you how to make some of those images which you can spin up really quickly using a website called Canva.
What is Canva?
Canva is a website described as a ‘graphic design tool’ where you can create media projects for print and online.
All the templates you create are outputted to recommended sizes whether for print or online, so that’s certainly a headache you can leave out of the equation.
It’s really simple to use as the interface is mostly made of up of simple toolbars and drag and drop elements, so you can get something going in minutes.
The best thing is, it’s free to use, although you can pay to use some features such as premium photos and designs but I haven’t needed to yet.
If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up at canva.com.
You’ll then be presented with a dashboard. To get started all you need to do is type what you’re after into the search panel or browse an idea from the carousels below the search panel.
Having selected what you’re interested in creating (e.g a poster) you’ll move over to the design page. I’ll just quickly go over what’s on here.
On the main section on the right we have the canvas where we’ll be creating our designs.
Moving over to the left we have a sort of tabbed browser menu where you’ll be able to select different elements for our designs such as text and graphics.
Note that some of these elements have a ’Free’ label on the bottom right. Anything that doesn’t have that label is a premium element which you’ll have to pay for.
We could either start by scratch or with a ready made template. Using a template might be a good idea if you’re after a little inspiration.
Making a Music Poster
If you’d like to see how I created this poster for my band, watch the video above.
Obviously we could make a much better poster if we spent a bit more time on it. It does enough to go to show just how quickly you can get something going. Give it a go!
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