Here's a quick tutorial on how to use Canva to create design templates that can be reused to make quick and consistent custom artwork. You can then use these images for Visual Soundbites, episode artwork, or for sharing through social media!
We've created a few blank templates you can choose from. Simply click on the format you want to use, then click Use Template to get started:
Once you've signed in or created an account, you can start designing a reusable layout for future images. Click the Elements tab in the sidebar to add some different shapes and then click Text if you want to add text.
Example: Visual Soundbite Custom Artwork
I started with a simple shape to use as the black background then I added text to use as a placeholder that can be updated each time I create new artwork. On the right side of the image, I left some white space that can be used for the photo I choose to include in each new design.
In this case, I want to use this template for my Visual Soundbites, so I am going to navigate to the Visual Soundbite feature in my Buzzsprout account. So jump back over to Buzzsprout and go to Episodes and click into an episode. In the right sidebar click Create a Visual Soundbite.
When you get to the design screen set the selector to Artwork Only and then click on the Design in Canva button. Once the Canva window loads click All Your Designs in the sidebar and then click on your new design template. Now, you will drop in your photo. You can upload your own or use photos available from Canva. Then customize your text. Once you're happy with your design, click Send to Buzzsprout to load your Canva design into Buzzsprout! Back in the Visual Soundbite tool adjust the color and location of the Wave and click Create My Soundbite. You can also click Edit Canva Design if you want to make any adjustments to the artwork. Now, with your template in Canva, creating new custom artwork is quick and easy! The next time you want to create a new Soundbite, you can customize the artwork by using your Canva template! Not only is this easy it builds consistency within your marketing materials.
Creating Custom Episode Artwork
Templates are also great when creating custom episode artwork. To do that, simply search Podcast Cover in Canva (instead of the Facebook Video as shown above) and select the Podcast Cover option. This creates a new design with a canvas size of 3000 x 3000 which is a standard size for episode artwork. Then follow the same process above, but with your episode artwork, instead of your Visual Soundbite.
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