Do ever wonder how some Etsy shops have the prettiest, cleanest, most professional looking banner/ cover photo for their Etsy shop front? Maybe they hired a professional to create it for them?
I’ve thought about hiring a professional to do my Etsy banner for months now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it because there just HAD to be a way to do it myself! I love diy and I knew if there was a will there was a way. So, I went on a google rampage looking for something that could get me that “pre-made” Etsy banner layout, when I came across the Canva.
I’ve been doing a lot of photo editing on PicMonkey and its great, but it only goes so far. Canva is a game-changer for me. They have just about every pre-made template known to man…Well, from what I can gather AND… a good portion of it is FREE. If you’re an entrepreneur and you are not using Canva.com, you absolutely must signup (its free) and start transforming your social media sites.
*How to create a professional Etsy banner/cover photo*
Below I have given you step-by-step, basic instructions on how to go about creating your Etsy banner/cover photo.
(Below) Step 1: After you have signed up and logged into Canva, you will click on “Create a design button” on the far left hand side of the page.
(Below) STEP 2: Once you get to the design page scroll down and look for the “Social media & email headers” in that section you will find your Etsy cover template. Click the button and it will take you to a pre-made layout with the exact dimensions you need to create an Etsy cover photo.
(Below) 3: This is your template design page. This is where all the magic happens. Save your file under the file button, I circled in yellow where your “undo” and “redo” buttons are because those are very important to know!
*There are some free premade designs available on the left side of the page, but I like to keep mine simple and just use the color chart to fill in or upload photos, which I will talk about in a little bit.
(Below) STEP 4: Here is where I uploaded 2 pictures and my logo.
*On the left you will see “Layouts, Elements, Text, Background, and Uploads” these are the categories you have to choose from when you are designing anything with Canva. I did not fill in my background to a different color, I left it white. But you can change the color at this point by simply clicking the “background” button on the left side of your screen.
When you click on “Uploads” it will ask you whether you want to grab pictures from your computer, Facebook, or if you’d like to purchase images.
Upload your images and then click or drag the images to where you would like them to appear on your banner.
- After you upload your images, you are still able to edit them through a few filters canvas offers, or you can change the brightness or contrast of the picture. All you have to do to get these features is double- click on your image and above that should be an option to “FILTER” click that.
(Below) Step 5: Here I will show you how to add shapes and how to bring them in the background or forward. Adding shapes to your Etsy cover photo can really add more depth. Below I added a pink circle.
Click “Elements” on the left, that will open up to a few different categories to choose from. Select “Shapes”.
I clicked the “filled in” circle. But, do you see how my filled in circle completely overs my logo? In order for my logo to be front and center you MUST click the “arrange” button…That will give you the option the send your shape “back” into the background.
On the next slide you will see the result of sending the filled in circle to the “back”.
(Below) Step 6: Now, that my filled circle is where it needs to be, here is where I made a little boo-boo while trying to write this post….as I was editing this image (adding arrows and circles) I realized I didn’t take a picture of the “ADD HEADING, add subheading, and add a little bit of body section”…SO, basically what you are seeing below is a DOUBLE screenshot of me editing this picture haha.
*In this section you will be adding the text that you want on the banner, to add the text you can click on “ADD HEADING, add subheading, or add a little bit of body section”, that option lets you customize your text the way you want it. But, if you’d you like you can choose a pre-made font underneath. But, I prefer to customize add my heading, choose my font, font color, and font size….as indicated to the blue arrow on the right.
(Below) STEP 7: This is the last step!
*The last thing I did to give my etsy cover photo a bit of cleanliness was to add some frames around it. I made the frames by clicking the “elements” button, and then clicking “lines” from that point on you can choose any free premade line that you wish, you can even change the colors.
Here is what my final product looked like…Well, this Etsy cover photo was an example just for my special readers. Hopefully I was able to help some of my readers. If it did, send me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.