Remember this post? Well since then I got a new laptop and Illustrator works great on it so I create all my graphics on that now. I still adore Canva and still use it from time to time, but Illustrator is my end game.
Excuse me while I will listen to that T-Swift song on repeat.
Ok, I’m back and here we go:
In Illustrator, I create a new document 735 X 1102 in size
Then I hit shift+command+p to place a photo
When I have decided what photo I want I resize it/crop it to fit the art board.
Then I use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle on the art board. Resize it to the size you want, I also changed the opacity to 75%.
I then added another, bigger rectangle, made the fill color none, made the stroke (the outline of the shape you made) 5 and also made it my brand color.
I added another, smaller rectangle (in my brand color again), then chose the ‘T’ or type tool. I typed my blog address, changed the font, tracking (letter spacing) and size.
Use the direct selection arrow (the black one) to move the things everything to where you want it.
After everything is in place, I move on to write my blog post headline.
Choose the type tool again then write out your title. Use a combo of san serif and a decorative font for the main title (size should determine purpose/importance) then in a smaller size serif (or sans serif) font type what else is needed to the title.
I just move around the text boxes to where I want and then I’m done!
I export my design by going to File>Export>Save for web (Legacy) and under the preset name I make sure it’s JPEG Medium and the quality is 30%. All the other settings remain the same.
Save your creation as a template so you don’t have to make it from scratch again.
Then I can upload my graphic to my blog!
Do you use Illustrator to make graphics? What tips do you have?