I started using Canva for Work ($12.95 / month) about a year and a half ago. It’s been fantastic! I don’t use Photoshop so I rely on Canva for Work for my blog graphics, short eBooks, and PDFs. My favorite thing about it is that Canva for Work allows you to create your brand with your custom colors, fonts, and templates for easy customization. I used to struggle so much with creating consistency in my brand but Canva for Work makes it simple. Although, I’m sure it didn’t help that I changed my brand and colors pretty much every 6 months. 🙁
To choose my theme colors I like to use Adobe Color Wheel and Colour Lovers. I’m not an artsy person, color schemes don’t come naturally to me, and those two websites offer up color palettes ready to go. Of course, you can hire a branding expert if you want to be fancy and professional. I’m just the kind of person that likes to DIY and DIN (DIN = Do It Now). I might work with a branding specialist one day but for now, I feel good about where I am at with my blog and my brand.
The other thing I’ve struggled to define are the fonts for my brand.
The other thing I’ve struggled to define are the fonts for my brand. I’m still struggling with fonts. It’s not a matter of being unable to find one I love. It’s the exact opposite. I tend to love all the fonts and it’s hard 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 a regular contributor to Far Beyond Love, I don’t it to scream WOMAN-ZONE. It’s a challenge.
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I love playing with fonts though 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 gold mine 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 though, 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 time to upload the font files to Canva to complete your brand and have it easily 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 for Work
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. Here you see my branding colors and fonts. Just go right ahead and ignore that Buttercup font for the headings, that was an old style that I dropped for being too feminine and not quite the aesthetic I’m going for. It’s pretty but it’s not right for FBL.
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 new font files from Creative Market 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 for Work, feel free to drop it in the comments below or send me an email. I’m happy to help.