How to Use Your Own Fonts in the Free Version of Canva
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Who doesn't like free? I sure am a fan. I've downloaded a ton of free fonts and graphics over the years. Even fonts that come with the license to use however I want. I have purchased some too, but not near as many as I've obtained for free. I've also been using the free version of Canva now for a long time. I haven't bit the bullet yet and chosen to go all in...I may in the future, but for now I'm using the free version.
With all that said, I have grown pretty tired of the font choices even though they added several not very long ago. If you're familiar with Canva you know just what I'm talking about. Those of us who blog know how important it is to keep the graphics cohesive and to be sure we're sticking within our brand. It occured to me one day that I don't have to use just the fonts that Canva provides I can use my own. Let me show you how I use my own fonts in Canva's free version.
Use your own fonts in Canva's free version
1. Know what text you'll be using on your graphic
It's important to plan out your graphic and if you'll be using any of the fonts already available for part of the graphic. I like to use just two fonts. Canva offers one of the fonts I already use in my brand, but it doesn't offer the script font I use. When I'm planning out the text on a graphic I like to pick one or two words that I'd like to stand out and bring attention to...these are the words I'll be adding later.
2. Design your graphic as if you're going to finish it in Canva
Go ahead and design the entire graphic as if you'll be downloading it in its final design. This way you'll be able to judge just how much space you're going to need to leave for the text you'll be adding after it's downloaded. Don't forget to delete that text you'll be replacing keeping an eye on how much space will be needed and keeping in mind that a different font may take a little more space especially if you're wanting to go a little bigger.
3. Download your graphic in jpg format.
I have found that this is the best format to work with both adding text to after you've downloaded and it's best for your website because the file sizes aren't as large as a PNG. I know when you go to download graphics in Canva it always says that the suggested version is PNG, but it's not.
4. Open the graphic in an editing program.
I use a Mac Book so I simply open the graphic in Preview after I've downloaded it. I can then add the text in the font of my choice (provided it's a font I already own).
5. Add the rest of your text in the font of choice.
Simply add the text you want in your preferred font being sure to line it up between the words already there. That's it! You've just used your own font in Canva's free version - congratulations!
6. Rename and save your graphic for using however you choose.
One last step I do before saving my work is to rename the graphic. This a good time to add hashtags and keywords for Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram etc.
I'd love to hear if you have other work-arounds for Canva's free version! And I'd love to hear if this tidbit of info helped you in anyway!!!
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