Printables come in many forms. Planner inserts/sheets, calendars, worksheets and even things like invitations.
You’ve seen them all over the internet and there is a high chance that you have used them yourself – but how do you create your own printables?
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When I first started creating printables, it took a surprising amount of trial and error.
I went into it thinking it would be a clear-cut project, but then I realised that there was so much more to creating the perfect printable than just throwing some boxes on a piece of paper.
Colour schemes, layouts, fonts – all the elements are important individually and then need to come together in harmony to create the perfect printable.
To help you avoid the long road of trial-and-error, I will give you my quick guide on how to create printables.
The first steps to creating printables: Choosing a program
Before you can even start turning your ideas into reality, you first need to choose a program that will allow you to create your printable.
I use Canva. Canva has a free version or a low-cost “Pro” version.
Canva offers you the option of a blank canvas or pre-loaded templates that you can use to boost your creativity and source ideas from.
I recommend Canva to everyone – it is simple enough to use if you don’t have the time to learn technical software such as Photoshop, but it is complex enough to create gorgeous designs on a budget!
Step Two: Your idea
You have got Canva, but now what?
You’re looking at the screen and all of your wonderful ideas are racing through your brain.
How do you grab one of your ideas and turn it into your first printable project?
First, grab a pen and paper (or you can use something like Trello, which is excellent for tracking all of your ideas!) and write down every idea that you have running through your mind.
Yep, all of them!
Writing them down will not only allow you to focus on the task at hand, but it will also be helpful in not forgetting any of your ideas.
Once you have written your ideas down, pick one from the list and voi la – this will be your first project!
Step Three: Which printable size is best?
This is where the printable creation really starts getting fun – open up Canva and select the size you wish your printable to to create your printable.
But which printable size, should you select?
This entirely depends on what you wish to use your printable for.
If the printable is for a planner, A5 is the most common way to go. If it is for a printable shopping list that goes on your fridge, A4 is the perfect choice.
The most common sizes for printables:
- A5 (14.8 x 21 cm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches)
- A4 (21 x 29.7 cm or 8.3 x 11.7 inches)
- US Letter (21.5 x 27.9 cm or 8.5 x 11 inches)
A5 is the size of the most common planners, so this is usually an excellent starting point!
Head to the “Create a Design” button in the top right and add your desired dimensions and you can now start creating!
Tip: When selecting the dimensions, make sure that the size is in the correct measurement (Centimetres, Inches etc). If you create a design that is 21 x 14.8 pixels, you will have a teeny tiny design!
Step Four: Create a printable
Once you have opened your blank page in your preferred size, start laying out the basic elements of your printable.
Squares, rectangles and circles will be the most common elements that you use, and you can find them on the left hand-side toolbar.
Don’t worry if the layout isn’t perfect straight away – the beauty of digital creation is that you can always change your design during the process.
Once you have experimented with your design and added all the elements you need, we can move on to step Five!
Step Five: Make it personal
This is my favourite part of the process, but it can also be the most daunting.
We will add our personal touches to our printable.
Colour schemes are super important here – I recommend you use Coolors.co to choose a colour scheme if you aren’t using your brand colours.
Coolors is a free colour palette generator that also has hundreds of popular and recommended colour combinations.
Once you have selected your colour scheme – start changing the colours of your printable accordingly.
Tip: Feel free to experiment with unique font styles as well! It can add an additional element to your printable.
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Step Six: Download your printable
Yay! You did it! Your printable is looking fantastic.
Now you just need to download it and start using it!
The best format to download your printable is PDF.
To do this, simply head to the little down arrow in the top right-hand corner, select your format (PDF) and download!
Now you have your very first perfect printable.
Bonus tip: Ways to use your printables
You are now a printable creating machine, but you may not be sure of the best ways to use or distribute your printables!
The top 5 ways to use your printables
- Personal Use
- To Sell
- As a blog/website opt-in (also known as a lead magnet)
- Create fun worksheets for your colleagues or students
- Get creative and step outside the box – create products that can you can use in the home, such as printable water bottle labels
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