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How to Add Text Over an Image

I am happy that my post about Canva has gained some good feedback from our friends here in Virily.  I a willing to share whatever knowledge I have so please don’t hesitate to ask whatever assistance you may need.

As per the request of our friend, Raaman, I created this simple tutorial on how to add text over an image using Canva.

When Creating a blog graphic, the first thing that we need to consider is the size of our image. We can use horizontal or vertical images depending on our choice. Personally, I use vertical graphics for my blog because I usually share it with Pinterest. But for this tutorial, I will be using a horizontal image.

Step 1. Choose the Design Layout or Size You Want to Use

For this tutorial, I will be using a blog banner. You don’t have to worry if you are using Canva because the site has different sizes depending on where you want to use the graphics for.  At the homepage, you can find different sizes and you have the option to set your own dimension.

Step 2. Choose or Upload your Image

You can upload your own photo by opening the upload folder located at the left pane. You can also choose from the existing images available within the site. Some image may be obtained for a fee.

Step 3. Click TEXT

From the left pane, click TEXT and choose from the options.

Step 4. Click Size/Font

You can adjust the size of the font using the button above the canvass.

Step 5. Choose Font Design

You can choose from the different Font designs available. A drop-down menu will appear once you clicked the option above (please refer to Step 4).

Step 6. Create a Shadow Effect

To create a shadow effect, highlight the text and click copy. Add color using the color palette on top and adjust accordingly by dragging the text.

Step 7. Click Download

If you are satisfied with the result, you can now download the blog graphics. You can always edit your work. Any changes will automatically be saved.

So here is the final product. I hope through this tutorial I was able to answer some of your questions regarding Canva.

Thank you for reading.

Written by Sharon Lopez for Virily.Com – All Rights Reserved 2019


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  1. This is a detailed tutorial. I always like reading tutorials like this, as it’s easier for any beginners to follow through and get things done. I haven’t use Canva before though I have heard about it, as I am using another tool (GetStencil) for adding text.


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