Many businesses are using Canva to help them create graphics for their website and social media platforms. Some even use it as a way to create documents such as flyers or posters for printing. As a graphic designer, I’ve got many clients who use Canva to edit the text and images of the Facebook or Instagram templates I’ve designed for them. It’s a very powerful tool and one I think is well worth using.
But it has its limitations.
Recently I had a client come to me about a graphic they’d created using Canva. They’d spent a considerable amount of time organising and placing the content and were happy with the finished product. That is, until they tried to print it off.
Canva is great in that you can use all of the available features, upload and use graphics, change colours, choose fonts and edit text. In fact, you can create pretty much what you want and envision, within Canva’s limits.
Problem is, Canva isn’t a graphic designer.
When using Canva, my client created their ideal graphic for their business. But not being a graphic designer, they didn’t know about needing to check font sizes, printing margins, pixel sizes and good colour choices. Canva by nature being software and not a graphic designer, didn’t provide any guidance to help.
End result was a design file which looked good on the screen when viewed using Canva but was unsuitable for printing or uploading to the web.
Canva Can Compliment but Not Replace Graphic Designers
I like to think of Canva as a useful tool, a bit like a fork. It is suitable for using with small pieces, but with the big ones, you need a better tool.
As a graphic designer, I use my years of experience and knowledge to produce graphics my clients can use anywhere. I understand where text is best positioned on a page, which colours work well together and which types of graphic file formats you’ll need. The work I design for you is fit for purpose and best of all, you don’t need to lift a finger.
To learn more about my graphic design services or to discuss a custom design you need help with, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
How can you tell if you need a brand makeover? Does your logo become outdated after a certain number of years? Is it based upon changes happening in your business? Or is it necessary if you buy someone else’s business?
As a graphic designer, I not only help create new brands, but also offer a brand makeover or rebrand for businesses who need a change. This could be for all sorts of reasons, including that they just feel like something new. I thought it would be helpful to give you a checklist of examples when a brand makeover may be appropriate, plus explain what can be included in such a makeover.
Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Brand Makeover
Not sure if you need a new logo, new colours or new web graphics? Here are a few of the most common reasons why businesses have a brand makeover or rebrand:
What Are Your Options for a Brand Makeover?
When most people think about branding, they are referring to the logo. But there are plenty of other branding bits and pieces to consider. Let’s take a look at a few of the key areas:
Should you use your PNG or JPG file formats?
Do you need your graphic designer to give you your logo as a PDF or SVG?
Learn the common file formats and where to use them right here.
You’ve hired a graphic designer to create some amazing images for your business and you need to decide which file formats you require. The good news is that most designers will give you a variety of formats as part of their branding packages. The bad news is, you may not know the differences between them or where to use them. Today is the day you are going to find out what each file type is and the situations that they are best suited for.
Raster Vs Vector File Formats
Image file formats can be broken down into two key groups: raster images and vector images. Raster images are those which are pixel based, where each image contains different coloured dots called pixels. These images are resolution dependent, meaning that they only exist at one size. When the size of a raster image is changed, the result is a blurry or pixelated image. Examples of raster images are photographs, web and social media graphics.
Vector files are like giant maths equations, with lines, curves and points assigned a specific characteristics. This makes them resolution independent, which lets you enlarge or shrink their size and they’ll remain looking the same. Examples of vector images include logos, digital illustrations and icons.
From these two distinct types of file formats comes the individual ones you will receive from your graphic designer.
Understanding Common File Formats & Where to Use Them
The common file types you’ll receive from your graphic designer include:
A DIY logo may sound like a great idea, but trust me, it’s not! I’ll share the five key reasons why you should avoid designing your own logo at all costs and what to do instead.
Thinking about using a DIY logo for your business? With all the variety of websites offering you the option to create your own logo, some of them for free, it must be the best option, right? Nope. A DIY logo is never a good idea and I’m sharing the reasons why.
Thinking DIY Logo? Think Again
We’re a nation of DIY experts, keen to give anything a go instead of paying a professional to do it for us, and that’s perfectly fine – unless it is something you shouldn’t do yourself – like your logo. Your logo can help your business sink or swim, simply because it represents your business. It is one of the key things people use when making that all important first impression, and a DIY logo just won’t cut the mustard.
Five key reasons why a DIY logo is a big mistake are:
Let me make business planning and goal setting for the New Year easy as for you! I’ll share what you need to include, give you some ideas to get started and even a free business template to use!
If business planning doesn’t sound like your kind of fun, don’t worry. It isn’t for many other small to medium sized business owners either. That was until you started reading this, because boy, have I got the business planning help you need to get your business kicked off and sorted for the New Year.
Let’s Get Your Business Planning & Goal Setting Sorted!
What do you want your business to achieve this year? Increased profits, new customers and a larger online presence? A business plan can help you nail down the specifics and requires you to:
Then there’s the New Year’s resolutions or goals to consider. Now I’m not talking about the personal ones we all set and then forget about on the 2nd January though. Rather though the business resolutions we set and then follow through on throughout the year – and yes, they get followed through with!
To help you get started, here are a few you could use or tweak for your business:
It’s time to get your shopping sorted and order unique Christmas gifts for all the family! Luckily, I know exactly where to shop, so come and see the best range of family Christmas presents in NZ!
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get all those unique Christmas gifts sorted for your family. Yup, that’s right – this Christmas it’s all about those functional presents because they’re the ones people love to receive! Usable presents such as T-shirts, hoodies, cushion covers and onesies are always appreciated and unlike that pair of plastic wineglasses, will never be shelved away in the cupboard or regifted.
I’ve put my designer hat on and created a beautiful range of designs suitable for all types of garments and home décor items. I’d love for you to take a look…
Guide to Unique Christmas Presents Your Family Will Love
It’s no secret that I absolutely love Christmas! The opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, lots of yummy food and the chance to relax and unwind after a busy year. I will admit though, that finding the perfect Christmas gifts does take a lot of time and effort.
I know that as a Mum, I love it when my husband and kids receive a present they can use. One that doesn’t end up hidden in a drawer and is something that I would possibly have needed to buy in the future are also added bonuses. So, I got to thinking and made a list of Christmas gifts that I know are functional, family orientated and will be loved by all – and I’m sharing them with you!
Christmas is only getting closer and closer – and I can’t wait!
You’ve got a fabulous idea, but you’re not too sure about what’s involved in starting a business. Well don’t worry, because today I’m going to guide you through the five essential steps to take to turn your idea into a profitable business.
5 Key Steps in Starting a Business
Starting a business is a very exciting time. Whether you’re making it your full-time job or using it as a side business to complement your income, it’s important to get the basics sorted right from the start. To help you do this, I’m sharing these five key initial steps to help you get up and running.
Talk with any business owner who has invested in a professional logo design and they’ll say the same thing: it was well worth it!
As a professional graphic designer, it is my goal to put the investment of a professionally designed logo within the reach of all New Zealand businesses. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve created my range of affordable Design and Brand packages.
I also love being able to give my clients the advantages having a professionally designed logo provides, and that’s what I’d like to discuss today.
5 Benefits of Having a Professional Logo Design
There’s more to a logo than just choosing a few colours, a font and an icon. In fact, there’s an entire planning, design and trial process that needs to be completed first. As a professional graphic designer, I’ve spent years perfecting my design skills and knowledge to create logos which resonate with my clients and provide them benefits which include:
Let’s dive into what brand consistency looks like within a business, plus four of the key benefits it can provide your business, and how you too can use it to increase your level of success.
If there was one thing I wish every business used, it would be brand consistency. This simple yet effective tool holds the power to not only reach others, but to show them what your business stands for. By having brand consistency throughout all your business’ website, social media and marketing endeavours, your audience will receive the same message wherever they are.
What Does Brand Consistency Look Like?
A business with brand consistency delivers the same message to its audience regardless of where that audience is or the method of communication with that audience. This includes:
4 Important Benefits of Having Brand Consistency
There are numerous benefits to having and using brand consistency within your business. Four which I strongly feel are important are:
Be noticed and remembered for all the right reasons by using a consistent visual brand image – get in touch with me today and let’s talk about it!
First impressions matter!
A prospective customer or client will decide whether to use your business or not within the first two seconds, based upon what your business looks like. But why do people make that decision based upon what your business ‘looks like’ and not what it can do? Because our brains analyse visual information much easily than any other type. In fact, we process visual information 60,000 times faster than written text and around 90% of the communication within our brains is through visual impulses. This makes having great visual content for our businesses vital to achieve success.
Getting Your Business Noticed Visually
To get your business noticed, it needs to present an attractive appearance to the world. The best way to do this is to utilise the skills of a professional graphic designer. They will ensure all your design work is:
How One Bite Graphic Design Can Help You Get Noticed
Helen can help you with creating professionally designed logos, business cards, Facebook covers, social media graphics and website graphics for your business. She will work with you to alter your existing branding or create new from scratch. Having had over two decades of experience in the graphic design industry, Helen knows exactly how to create memorable and attention grabbing visual content so important to get noticed and grow your business.
Contact Helen today to discuss the ways she can help improve the visual appearance of your business and get it noticed!
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