July 31, 2016

DIY Tutorial: Make Headers

Whether you have a blog, or just want to create headers for a collage, or project page, etc. Canva is a very easy program to use. 

Take a look at a few that I have made in Canva. 

I will show you how I make my headers and then you can create your own. 

First take a look at some headers I have created. I will have the tutorial after my examples. 

I used bits and pieces of design features to make original styles.

For this black header I began by choosing a custom size. I typed in 1000 x 300 as that is the size opening for my blog. 
I chose a black background. 
I chose a Greek key line...and enlarged it and changed it to blue. 
I created a white rectangle from shapes, and inserted a blue border. 
Lastly, I added text to the white rectangle and under the rectangle. 

This pineapple header is one of my early designs. 
I created a custom size, 1000 x 300. 
Added an upload from my computer pics, the pineapple.Inserted text. Super simple.

I created my custom size.
Added a blue border.
Inserted Text.

Another one of my early header creations, but I was getting brave enough to add top and bottom Greek key borders/lines.
I began by creating my custom size.
Chose a white background.
Added a Waterlogue version of one of my own pictures.
Added text. 

For this header I created my custom size first. 
Then I found a chalkboard image and uploaded it to Canva so that I could import it to my header project. This is how I got the chalkboard background. Inserted text! I have though of making business cards with this look...just in a different size. 

The corresponding pics are below.
  • On your Canva page, click to Start a new design. 
  • Slide the choices on the dashboard untill you see "custom."
  • Add the size you want. My header is 1000 pixels x 300 pixels.
  • Click the "background" icon on the far left side of the Canva dashboard. Choose the color you want...or white. 
  • Click the "search" icon and several options will appear. I chose "borders." Click the border you want. You will probably need to resize it and maybe rotate it. 
  • Add text boxes. 
  • Choose the font you want. 
  • Change the size of the font to the size and width you like for your header. 
  • Text Spacing. Look at Letter spacing! This is a really cool feature that allows you to spread out a word's letters. I use this feature all of the time.
  • Title Adjustment within the text box...center, right, or left.
  • Save the finished version. 

You can make a header with pics too. Just upload them and place them where you want by dragging them here and there. 


In this last header with the pics I scooted the text boxes higher and resized the fonts, then...I imported each photo separately and dragged the corners to make all of them the same height. 

There is a lot of dragging and scooting involved in creating a multiple item header...but after some practice it will be super simple for you. 

With a little practice, you can make headers as simple or as elaborate as you want. The creativity is in your hands. Have fun.

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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