I started using Canva in late 2015 and it has been a fantastic investment for my blog. I can upload fonts to Canva and set my brand colors for each access which makes creating graphics, printables, and short ebooks so simple, especially when you’re not savvy in PhotoShop or InDesign. I used to struggle so much with creating consistency in my brand but Canva makes it simple. All of my fonts, colors, logos, graphics, and images are saved in Canva which is a huge time-saver for me.
To choose my theme colors I like to use Adobe Color Wheel and Colour Lovers. I’m not an artistic or creative person and choosing color schemes doesn’t come naturally to me so those websites have been very helpful. You can also hire a branding expert but I’m the kind of person that likes to DIY and DIN (DIN = Do It Now) which makes me an impossibly difficult client. The Adobe Color Wheel and Canva make the process simple, especially for non-creatives or beginners.
Other than colors, the thing I’ve struggled to define the most are the fonts for my brand. I tend to love all the fonts and it’s been hard for me to narrow it down to one serif and one sans serif. It’s even harder to choose one serif, one sans serif, and one script. It’s even harder to choose one serif, one sans serif, and one script that isn’t too over-the-top feminine. Since my husband is an occasional contributor to Honey & Pine, I don’t it to scream WOMAN-ZONE. It’s a challenge.
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I love playing with fonts and one of my favorite places to get them is Creative Market. Creative Market is pretty much my go-to shop for anything creative or blog-related. You can find fonts, icons, graphics, images, templates, blog themes, etc. It is basically a goldmine for bloggers. Everything you could ever need to design your blog is there. It’s easy to get carried away but it’s fun to shop around. When you’re shopping for fonts, make sure you check and confirm that you are purchasing the extended license or the commercial license so that you can legally use your new font on your blog. You do not want to find yourself in legal trouble because you tried to save a few bucks and cheap out on paying the font artist what they deserve for their design and work.
When you’ve settled on a font, it’s easy to upload fonts to Canva to complete your brand and have it available to use when designing new headers, business cards, and graphics.
Important! – You have to be using Canva for Work in order to do this. If you’re using the free version of Canva, you don’t have access to the brand information.
How to upload fonts to Canva
After you log in to your Canva account, select Your Brand in the left menu.
The screen with all of your branding information displays on your screen.
If you scroll down a little bit on the page you’ll see a section in the lower right corner for Uploaded Fonts. Click + Upload new font to open the related dialog box.
Find your font files in your computer and click Open to add them to your Canva brand.
That’s it! It’s seriously that simple. Now, whenever you go to create new graphics, templates, freebies, workbooks, logos, PDFs, etc. in Canva your font is there and ready for you to use. If you’re ready to shop fonts, get on over to Creative Market!
If you have any questions about using Canva, drop it in the comments below or send me an email.