We talked about aesthetic basics. We customized the spacing, made copies to test out different photos, and changed up the grid style.
In this guide, we're going to dive into adding text for titles and quotes!
Tip #1: Add text
Open up your project and...
A. Navigate to "TEXT" in the left-hand bar.
B. Look around until you find a font style that you like. (Hint: There are some that are labeled "FREE" and some that are paid. There's so many free options that you shouldn't need to pay unless you completely fall in love with a certain font.)
C. Drag your font onto your aesthetic (it's in black in the photo below, but we'll change it shortly).
D. Select your text and click on the box on the Options bar to select a different color. Click on the box with a + to choose any color, or go with one of the preselected options. I'm going to go with white.
See how the smaller text on the bottom wasn't selected? (Note: your text you selected may not have two types of text) Select that text and change the color too.
Also, change your text to something new! I'm going to go with a quote from a story.
E. (Note: this only applies if you have two text boxes) Changed your text into your quote? Good. Now, see how it doesn't really match up well? The box is constraining the text and making it wrap oddly. Let's fix that.
Select the text box and choose the down arrow in the top right-hand corner. Click on "Ungroup" to separate the two text boxes.
Tip #2: Isolated Text for a Title or Quote
What if you want to isolate the graphic and have text on top of a blank section?
A. Select the photo that you want to replace and click on the rainbow box to select your new background color.
B. Move your text around, change the color, etc. And, wow! You have a new, beautiful aesthetic. Congrats!
Tip #3: More Free Photos
Check out Canva's catalog of free photos. You can search different terms (I used "ice" and "magic" to get these photos) to find a bunch of photos that are free to use!
Congrats, you're finished! Share your photo on Twitter, Instagram, etc.! Have fun checking out all the different options in Canva.
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ABOUT JULIE aBE
Julie is a MG & YA writer. She works in marketing during the day and writes stories at night. She is represented by Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic.
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