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Because I like to give a variety of ways that digital kits can be used, today’s tutorial is about creating a facebook timeline using today’s free mini kit! You can follow the basic guidelines in any program and if it can be done in Canva, I think you can scrap in any program!
What is Canva?
If you haven’t heard of Canva before, it’s a free program that you can upload your own photos and digital elements and create all kinds of things. These can then be saved and used online or even printed (depending on the pixel size you set up your project with.)
Let’s jump in and get started!
Go to Canva.com and create an account if its your first time there.
Then we’re going to create a custom dimension:
For a Facebook Timeline, you’ll want the dimensions to be 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels:
It will open up a blank screen with your menu on the left. Choose Upload on the bottom of the left hand column and load the elements and paper from your digital mini that you’re working with:
This becomes your personal library and those items will stay there until you delete them. Canva does have items you can purchase, but I love that you can upload your own and just use those as much as you want! It may take a bit to upload because these aren’t small files! But once they are there, you can use them again and again!
Now we’re going to slide the pink polkadotted paper over to fill our space:
From there I began creating my cluster, adding a shadow under each item. Here is part of what I have:
I’ll add another flower, step by step, and show you how I create the drop shadow. First I slide over a flower and resize it:
I move the flower where I want it. Then I duplicate the flower by holding down Alt/Option and clicking on the flower and sliding it away:
Now I’m going to click on the first flower (this one is a layer beneath the new one. And I click on Filter up towards the top:
I’m going to slide the Brightness all the way to the left and the contrast all the way to the right. Notice how the flower has turned completely black:
Now we’re going to change the opacity. On the opposite side of the menu bar from the Filter is 5 little items. Choose the one in the middle that has the tiny boxes:
Slide the transparency slider down until the flower looks more like a faint shadow. Then you slide the top flower back over, leaving just a sliver of the newly created shadow to poke out:
Once you have your cluster done, added text (which is super cool on Canva because they have lots of fun, free fonts to work with), it is time to save and download our timeline so we can add it to Facebook. Up in the very top right hand corner there are menu items there and we are going to choose Download:
It will say that PNG is preferred and that is true if you have anything transparent on the base layer that you want to preserve. But in our case, because the pink paper covers the entire bottom, we are going to download it as a jpg. This will make it a slightly smaller file for uploading to facebook!
After that, go to your facebook profile and upload! That’s it!
Mine looks a little thrown together and I would probably put a little more time and effort into it, but I wanted to give the basic idea for this tutorial! Hopefully this will be enough to get you started! Let me know in the comments what you think!
Here is today’s mini:
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