Flat out – there is just not an easier way to get that Facebook cover made than to use Canva.com. I have fancy Adobe software but I still prefer canva for this task.
We do not need to know the dimensions or the file size, our craft filled brains will not have to figure out where that pesky profile picture is going to land….. Canva takes care of this for us…..and it’s free!
In this tutorial, I will give you simple steps to get that Facebook cover “banged out” in no time at all.
How to create a Facebook Cover using Canva
This tutorial uses only the free tools and graphics available on Canva.
I have messed around with Canva and find this method works great for craftspeople and others who want to show off their product photo’s.
- Navigate to your homepage and select the facebook cover.
- Now find the “UPLOAD” button (on left) and upload plenty of your product images to use.
- If you want a background color, select the”BACKGROUND” button, click a background and find a color you like
- Next select “ELEMENTS > GRIDS”, find the photo layout you like and click it
- Select “UPLOADS”, click a photo, then drag it into one of the grid squares, it will auto fit (yippee…this is the best part!) Click the photo once to access cropping controls, click it twice to reposition your photo inside the grid.
- Select “ELEMENTS > Shapes” to create a box shape to display your text against (optional).
- Use the “TEXT” button to add simple text or choose one of Canva’s ready-made graphics.
- There is a big “Add New Page” button below your artwork. Make several designs, then to get rid of your discards, click on the artwork and a “garbage can” will appear on the right.
- When you are finished, click the “DOWNLOAD” button (top right) and choose “image for Web (jpg)” and save it someplace you will find it.
- Upload your new cover into your Facebook page, you’re done!
Some Helpful Tips When Using Canva
The way that I learn new software is to click every button. I try to see what every single button does, don’t worry about breaking it or messing up, it doesn’t cost anything. You can always delete everything and start over or create another document.
Your get-out-of-jail-free card is Command or Control-Z. This will undo your last move. Sometimes everything disappears…Command Z to the rescue!
Canva also has a “UNDO” button to the top left….this is the most important button as far as I am concerned.
When you click on a graphic element in your design, a drop-down menu will appear, notice the “Move Forward / Move Back” option. As you add new elements you will need this to keep your text in front of all the graphic images.
I like to stay away from the right edge of the Facebook banner because this area gets cut off in many instances, especially on smartphones. The bottom of the page gets covered with buttons and text, so keep your text in the middle or top to be safe.
After you learn this process, it can take as little as 5 minutes to complete a Facebook cover. I like to keep the design simple so that it’s easy and I don’t procrastinate.
Canva also offers premium graphic templates for one dollar. If you decide to use one of these, they only charge you when you download your file. You will be able to change and reshape all the elements.
Let me know how it goes for you. Kind Regards, Holly
(PS. The top graphic image is also made using Canva)
Here is the warm and fuzzy video introduction…..