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Canva for Entrepreneurs: Design Your Own Facebook Cover Art

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Intro and Project

    • 2. Check Out Examples of Facebook Cover Graphics

    • 3. Design a Facebook Cover in Canva

    • 4. Export Your Facebook Cover Graphic

    • 5. Assignment & Wrap Up

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With this Canva course, you'll learn how to design your own professional-looking Facebook Cover Art with, a free web application.

Canva includes hundreds of eye-catching templates, free photos, graphics, icons, and text options to make beautiful Facebook Cover Art for your own page or group. 

Follow along with this quick course, and you'll be designing your own Facebook Cover Art in no time.


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Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

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1. Intro and Project: and welcome to a new training on camera dot com For entrepreneurs. Today, we're going to be creating our own Facebook cover art, whether you just have a Facebook page or a Facebook group. Having a professional, high quality, eye catching cover is important, and it's a way to not only promote your page but also promote some of your products. And we're going to be looking at that in the next lesson when we look at examples of Facebook covers that I like. So it's important to have a great looking cover, and that's what we're going to learn how to do in this training. Using canvas free tools, free templates and free resource is but also customizing it with our own photos, colors, texts and graphics. With all of my camera trainings, I want you to be actually designing while we teach you. So by the end of this training, you'll have your own Facebook cover art that is better than ever that you can share on your social media pages but also share with US instructors and with the rest of the students, so that we can give you some feedback and praise. Thanks so much for watching, and we'll dive right into creating your own Facebook cover art in the next lessons 2. Check Out Examples of Facebook Cover Graphics: before we actually create our own Facebook cover using can va. We want to find out what types of Facebook covers we like in Campbell. There's lots of templates that we can use so you could just dump jump right in and use one of their templates. But I like to look at people whom I look up to to see what they're doing. So a few people that I really like include Gary Vaynerchuk. Right here we got Amy Porterfield, Tim Ferriss, Louis House. These are all people with their own brands. They are the face of their brand, and you can see that in their Facebook cover. So most of these you can see it's got a picture of them. It's got some text that explains who they are here. Gary Vaynerchuk explains that he's the CEO of his company, Vader Media. He's a description. Syria serial entrepreneur. He's got his hashtag there for what he's doing. Same with Amy Porterfield. She has her name and then or her a description of who she is. Tim Ferriss has a little bit more, and I think his is a little bit too busy for my own taste, but I do like the photo. I like that he uses similar colors to tie in the photo. You got this poker trip right here with this green that ties into the green of his text and his logo. And again, you also see that all these people have their own photo of their face, even though this is their brand. Amy Porterfield, Tim Ferriss This is their face right there. Louis houses a little bit different. He's got this photo of him up on a stage and got has his logo for his summit of greatness, and he he's basically promoting that summit of greatness through his Facebook cover. So that's a cool idea to If you have a Facebook cover our Facebook page where a lot of people are going to and you're trying to promote something, you can actually use it as a promotional tool. Now, I kind of took all those and I brainstormed and came up with something that I like myself. So here is my Facebook cover that we're going to be recreating in Canada. So I used an image of myself right here. I have my logo over here on the right side and a little description of what the site is all about. I also tie in the colors of my website with this turquoise teal green. I'm actually using the exact same color that I used throughout my website. So if you go to video school online dot com, you will see the use of this color, this logo. Let's go over to Canada and we're going to recreate this. 3. Design a Facebook Cover in Canva: when you log into camera for the first time, you won't have these projects that you've worked on below. But you will just see some design templates up here above. So the first thing you have to do if you don't have an account is saying it for can vets totally free and then the cool thing about campus that they have all these templates. So right here above you have Facebook cover. If you want to see all the rest their templates. You can click that plus button on the right side, and you can see all of the different templates they have. The best part about this is that they're always updating the template to match the dimensions that websites are wanting. Facebook covers have changed. Instagram posts have changed. Everything has changed over time as resolutions have gone and higher and higher in canvas is going to keep up with that. So when we're creating our Facebook cover, just go ahead and click that Facebook cover template. It's going to open up a new tab, and then on the left you have layouts, so you have all your different basically options for editing. You have your layouts you have elements over here on the left side. This is where you can find photos, shapes, lines, charts, icons to add to your graphic. If you want to do it custom, you have text. And this is they have specific text that you can add in different styles. Also, she talked about a cool way to quickly add text to your can VA composition over here later on or your background if you have a background images, color patterns and then your upload so under your up close, this is where you would want to upload your own images. You can even import from Facebook if you want. I've already uploaded a lot of the images that I'll be using in this series of tutorials on Canada for entrepreneurs, so I won't have to upload them again. But this is just from my computer. I typically start out with a layout I don't like just using the exact layout that they have . I like adding my own photos or customizing the text, so it's a little bit different. And really, the main reason for that is just because I don't want my Facebook cover or my instagram post or whatever it a look exactly like someone else's post. So you would just go through here, find at layout that you like. I know the one that I used was pretty far down here, so I'm just going to keep going and find the one that I was using. I know it's kind of a funny photo, actually. And that's how I remember it was a guy and a girl kissing, I think. And I just liked how it was laid out in terms of the spacing right here. So when you have a loud that you want, you just click the layout and it will pop up over here in your camp, a dock space. If I want to change it, I can just click on any of these other ones and it changes right away. One cool thing that you probably notice is that has our social media icon a profile picture right here. So you can kind of see where it will be, which is way better than trying to do this in photo shop or another program which this would be possible to do. But now we know exactly where that profile picture will be and we can at it and move our pictures around it. So now we have this template. How do we edit it? So the first thing we want to do is change this image. To change the image, go to uploads or elements if you want to find a free photo, and you can just click on free photos to find free photos, and you can search if you want, But I've already uploaded image. Just click this. Upload your own images, but in to upload an image if you have one and then literally just click and drag it on top of that image, and it swaps it out now is there? But I want to resize it. So what I can do to resize is double click and then increase the size and drag it around until it's in the right position. I really do need to take a better photo than this one. I literally woke up right before this photos, so it's not that great, but it works for now. The next thing I want to do is change this Tex and this logo right here. So I'm going to actually just delete this little arrow icon which is kinda cool. But for video school in line, it's not the right one. I have my own video school online logos. I'm just going to drag it and drop it on top of the Canada document, just going to decrease the size by dragging in the corners. It automatically keeps the right aspect ratio. Then when I'm dragging the any image or text around, you'll notice some guys dot pop up. It's kind of hard to see, but do you see those little purple lines that appear that is showing when I'm putting this logo right in the middle of this little shape right here, there's pink shape, so I want to put it right in the middle there. Maybe I need to make it a little bit bigger, something like that. Then I'm going to just delete this text right here. So it's like the text in fresh trash can, and I could just click an edit this text. But I'm going to show you a quick tip to quickly add text to your Canada documents. So I'm just going to delete that. Then I'm just going to press tea on my keyboard and look at that adds a little text box, some going to type and learn new skills with the best online courses. So what I'll do is first change the color of this text. So I'm just going to click this color button. Change it toe white. If you want a custom color, what you can do is click this plus button and then create your own color. Choose your own color. I'm going to also change the style of the text from Carrie Mo to see what I want to use Isler on. Thin, I believe, is what I want. And then I'm going to change the style by clicking this arrow, choosing uppercase, going to make a little bit smaller, and then I'm going to make a line between the the text. I'm just going to move it over here. The next thing I'm going to do is change the color of this pink square, so I just click that square click the color click the plus sign, and I have a custom color that I use and I have the color code, which I got from a previous project using photo shop so you can use photo shop to get color codes. Generally, you'll probably just want to pick your own color if you want. And but that is the exact color that I am using for my other website projects as well. So everything's tied together. I also had a little lying here that I'm going to add. Sometimes adding little lines like that can really be great to just make your graphics look a little bit more professional. Canada has a number of lines that you can use, so just click under elements lines, and I'm using this free one right here. So just click and drag and drop it onto your project. Actually, I don't think Is that when it was this one with the circles on the end? Yep, change the color to white, and now I have to make it smaller. You'll notice if I just drag the corner down that it kind of works, but I don't want these circles to be as big. So what I can Dio is actually just increased the length and then dragged the corners down. So by increasing the length first and not just dragging the corners, I could make the circles even smaller so that I'm just going to drag us around. So that's in the middle of this square and just move around the text, maybe a little bit up, down. I think there's Texas a little bit too big. I'm going to make this smaller, and I'm gonna make the spacing between the text a little bit bigger. So drop down this arrow right there. Go to text spacing. I'm going to make the letter spacing something like 100. That looks pretty good right there. So you can zoom in or zoom out, which is awesome to see, really what it'll look like. You can also go full screen if you want. With this full screen slide show button. Now we have our Facebook cover image. Next, we just have to download it. 4. Export Your Facebook Cover Graphic: to download our graphic. We can just click this download button right here. I would choose the J Peg or J P. G. File size. You can use the PNG high quality if you want, but the J peg will be just fine for uploading to Facebook. They have other options as well if you have multiple projects. So if you want one thing that's cool about this on camera is that you can create a new page and you can do a new Facebook cover image. Say, I'm just gonna do this really quickly and then you can easily compare This is awesome so that you can just compare with a team or with yourself. I just add this photo here. You know, I would just change this tax to my own logo or whatever, and I kind of see what it looks like now. This isn't what I would actually do. But you can then just easily compare what they would look like. Show this to a client, show this toe whoever is helping you decide what Facebook graphic you want. So I'm gonna go with his top once I'm just going click this top one click image download is going toe, save it really quickly, and then it's going to ask you where you want to save it to. I'll just save it to my desktop right now. I will open it up to show you what it looks like. And there you have it. This is our file, which is the perfect size for uploading to Facebook. And you can see if you go to my Facebook page at video school online that this is the Facebook image that I am currently using. For those of you who are watching this in the far future, it might look a little different because I always like to tweak things and maybe use my face but cover as a promotional tool like we saw Lewis House doing. But for those of you in the course, as soon as I launched this, that's what is going to look like. Thanks so much for watching, and we'll see in the next lesson 5. Assignment & Wrap Up: it's time to take action. Now that you know how to use canvas dot com to create your own Facebook cover art, it's time to do it yourself. So if you haven't been doing so while you've watched these lessons, go ahead, create your own cover art if you want posted to your own Facebook page or your own Facebook group, and take a screenshot of that page or group and share it with us in the course that we can check it out. If you don't want to post it to your page yet just post an image of it so that we can check it out, give you any feedback or praise that we want to give you. I really hope that you've enjoyed this training and that it's been very practical for you. If there's anything else that I can do to make it better, just let me know. Send me a message and I'd be happy to improve this training as much as possible with your own feedback. Thanks so much and have a great day