Make Easy But Powerful Social Media Graphics: Canva |Stencil
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Make Easy But Powerful Social Media Graphics: Canva |Stencil

Learn simple, effective techniques to make beautiful social media & web graphics using Canva or Stencil in under 1 hour.
4.4 (64 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,866 students enrolled
Created by Kristen Palana
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create professional-looking web and social media graphics using free online tools in 1 hour or less
  • Take your regular logo and put it on a transparent background in four minutes or less
  • Be up and running fast using the most essential and useful tools in Canva and Stencil
  • Deliver graphics through the free social media post-planning tool, Buffer
  • Get a birds-eye view of the design process from concept to final product
Requirements
  • No previous design experience is necessary. Only basic computer skills are required (such as knowing how to copy and paste text, save a file, use the Internet, etc.)
Description

Are you ready to take charge and learn quick and easy methods for creating and editing powerful web images/social media graphics like a professional in just 1 hour?

Whether you are an entrepreneur, employee, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. 

With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and  professionally create and manage your OWN unique images for your  website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.

-No design skills required. 

-No expensive software required. 

-Beginners and busy people welcome.

Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally make your own images without having to always pay someone else to do them for you.

In this course you will learn:

  • Easy and quick ways to create professional web & social media graphics in minutes using free online tools

  • How to take your regular logo and put it on a transparent background in four minutes or less

  • Learn the most essential and useful tools in Canva

  • Learn the most essential and useful tools in the Canva-alternative, Stencil

  • Absorb the most important design principles as we work together making real social media graphics for a real client

  • Understand how to better choose and organize type, images, colors, and layout in your designs 

  • See how to schedule and deliver graphics through the free social media post-planning tool, Buffer.

  • Get a birds-eye view of the design process from concept to final product by following step by step case studies.


This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable digital imaging skills that can be used every day. You can watch and follow along with me as I show you through case studies for an actual client how I make professional-looking social media graphics and web images using the free online tools Canva and Stencil.

I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP. 

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your new image creation skills using Canva and Stencil today.

Who this course is for:
  • Complete beginners, design novices, and traditional artists looking to add digital skills to their toolbelt will get a lot out of this course.
  • Entrepreneurs, crowdfunders, authors, and small business owners who don't have the time or budget to pay others to create web and social media graphics should take this course.
  • This course was designed especially for busy people who want to be up and running ASAP
  • People looking for an in-depth Canva or Stencil course that covers every tool and feature should NOT take this course. Here, we are only using the most useful tools and techniques for getting started quickly and easily.
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 01:42:36
+ Introduction and Overview
2 lectures 04:36

Welcome to the course. In this lesson I'll let you know what you can expect to learn, who this course is best suited for, and tell you more about who I am and how I can help. 

Preview 01:52

In this lesson I'll show you some samples of social media graphics made using both Canva and Stencil. We'll go over what is possible and how you can already start thinking about which social media platforms you will be making graphics for. 

Make sure to click on resources so you get the links to sign up for the free versions of Canva and Stencil.

Preview 02:44
+ Creating Web and Social Media Graphics With Canva
8 lectures 40:49

In this lesson we'll get you set up with a free Canva account and I will give some tips on getting started making social media graphics that look professional.

Preview 03:24

In this lesson we'll talk about why templates are so cool and how they can not only help you with layout design, but also help you get ideas for your social media messages. We'll also pop on over to Brainy Quotes to get some inspiration for creating an inspiring message.

Choosing Templates and Sizes For Different Social Media Platforms -Let's Start!
04:47

In this lesson, we'll add your quote to the template and work with adjusting the font, font color, font size, and spacing. I'll also give you some sage design advice and get into some typography advice and design principles such as hierarchy. (See the downloadable resources for top design principles you can use to make better images...) 

Working With Text in Canva (-And Some Good Typography Advice)
08:00

This quick quiz will test what you already know about typography best practices in design.

What Have You Learned So Far About Type?
3 questions

In this lesson I'll show you how to add images from Canva's library as well as how to search royalty-free image sites (where images are copyright free and 100% legal to use as your own). From there I will show you how to add and upload your own images as well as hot to adjust them. Make sure to look in the resources section to get my list of places to find free images, music, and videos for your projects.

Adding Images (-From Canva and Also Your Own)
07:24

In this lesson I will show you a super easy and quick way to take an existing logo and put it on a transparent background. I normally do this task in Photoshop or Gimp, but after creating this lesson, I'm just going to use the free online tool Lunapic instead. It's a time saver! :-) 

Preview 03:42

In this lesson we'll get into some more of Canva's features and tools. We'll also use Filters and settings to tint our logo so it better matches the colors in the overall design and creates more aesthetic unity in our final image. 

Using Filters, Icons, Frames, and Other Canva Goodies (-Plus We Tint Our Logo)
04:23

This is a quick quiz to review some design principles involving logos and images

Let's Review Images and Logos
3 questions

In this lesson I'll show you how quick and easy it is to download and share your finished graphic. We'll also talk about other collaboration and sharing features as well as how you can use a post planner to help share your graphic across social media platforms.

Downloading and Sharing Your Finished Design
03:12
Now that you know how Canva works, try making your own design. You can re-watch the videos and follow along step by step or just have a go and see what you remember and what you come up with. Practice makes perfect!
Now It's Your Turn! Make a Web or Social Media Graphic Using Canva
1 question

The focus of this course is mainly on using the FREE features of Canva, however it does have some very cool features available through Canva Pro. If you'd like to learn some of them, have a look at this lecture. Also check the resources tab to get links to the latest Canva Pro features.

Extra: Resizing for Social Media, Animated Gifs & Making Videos Using Canva Pro
05:57
+ Extra: Using a Post Planner. Mini Buffer Crash Course
1 lecture 08:36

In this optional extra lesson, I'll give you a quick rundown on how I use the free post planner, Buffer to post my Healing Hands social media graphics across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+. I'll show how to make a post, discuss best practices such as adding links and hashtags, and discuss scheduling posts for the most optimum times your target audience is online.

Extra: Using a Post Planner. Buffer Mini Crash Course
08:36
+ Create Social Media Graphics Using Stencil
3 lectures 22:25

This lesson is a case study and and introduction/crash course in how to use Stencil. We'll make a new graphic and go over some of Stencil's most important features and tools.

Making a New Social Media Graphic Using Stencil (Case Study)
10:53

Case Study #2. In this lesson we'll make another new graphic from scratch and explore tools and settings as we make informed design decisions. This lesson will help you gain insight into how designers think when moving elements around and deciding on colors, fonts, and layout.

Stencil: Let's Make Another New Graphic, This Time From Scratch (Case Study #2)
09:18

In this lesson I'll talk about finalizing the Case Study #2 image, go over icons and other Stencil features, and invite you to submit your own designs for feedback.

The Final Stencil Image Wrap Up. +Icons and Other Features.
02:14
​Now that you know how Stencil works, try making your own design. You can re-watch the videos and follow along step by step or just have a go and see what you remember and what you come up with. Practice makes perfect!​
Now It's Your Turn! Make a Web or Social Media Graphic Using Stencil
1 question
+ Resources, Extras, and Conclusion
6 lectures 26:10

Don't stop at making social media graphics. Have a look at some of my favorite  free and intuitive tools that will have you also making illustrations, web sites, animations, and more. Get a taste of what is  possible in under 10 minutes and be up and running ASAP.
[This lecture  comes from my full course, Skyrocket Your Creativity: 7 Easy Ways.]

Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools That Will Free Your Creative Soul
10:24

Here are more free resources you can use in your creative projects.

75+ Resources to Get Free Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects
00:22

In this extra lesson, I'll show you a quick and easy FREE online tool made by the Adobe Photoshop people that will allow you to fix and enhance your web images for free. Use this tool to brighten images, increase contrast, crop, adjust, and more.

This lesson comes from my course (that also utilizes free tools), Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight

Extra: Making Image Fixes on the Go Using Photoshop's Free Online Editor
07:06

In this Case Study lecture I'll show you how I make my cartoon series, "Out There Doodles" by keeping a sketchbook full of text snippets, scribbles, doodles, and other ideas that I then further develop later on the computer.

Extra: Keeping Sketchbooks and Journals: Enhance Your Creative Process
06:22

I'm so happy that you took this course. Thank you for visiting my online classroom. Please don't be a stranger and I hope to see you again soon.

Thank You For Taking This Course. Please Review
00:42

Here is more information on how to connect with me, see my online portfolio, and where to find special offers.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
01:13