Downloading and printing printable wall art is great, whether you buy them or get them for free. It’s an almost instant way of adding new wall art to your home.
But what if you want to frame some wall art that isn’t designed in the dimensions that you need? Almost all printable wall art that you download will be set to a specific size, most likely US letter size which is 8.5 inches by 11 inches in size.
But you might want a larger frame size, one which might not be quite the same dimensions?
Sure, you could set your printer to print to the size you require, but that’s likely to result in some borders or cropping, which could yield some undesirable effects.
So what if there was a much better way of doing this, that you had complete control over?
Well there is!
Introducing Canva, our most favorite design tool that’s amazing for non-designers! (pretty much everyone and anyone!)
What is Canva + What you can use it for
Canva is a relatively new online design tool that’s taking the world by storm. Traditionally if you wanted to design anything you would use a piece of software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, which you would need to buy and install on your computer.
However these software programs can be quite expensive and also have a huge learning curve, so getting any kind of good design results isn’t easy, especially for beginners.
Canva lets you design anything, from posters, flyers, resumes, invitations, photo collages, books, letterheads, invoices, and best of all, wall art!
You just simply sign up for a free account and get started by choosing one of the many thousands of templates available.
You want to design a brochure? Just click on create a design, choose brochure then browse through the brochure templates and pick one that looks most appealing and fits with what you want to design.
Then just change the text, images, colors, add your own personal touches and before you know it, you’ve created your very own unique looking brochure in a matter of minutes and with complete ease and better yet, you’ll actually enjoy doing it too!
The same can be said about anything you want to create.
You can do a lot with the free version of Canva and the premium version which is only $9.99 a month has 60,000+ more templates to choose from along with access to 60+ million stock photos, so you’ll be sure to be able to create stunning professional looking designs in no time.
Learn Canva quickly for free!
You can create pretty much anything in Canva – it’s awesome for bloggers, creators, teachers, just anyone who wants to quickly and easily create something. But if you are new to Canva and want to learn everything about it and all that it can do, or just want to learn it quickly, then check out these Canva courses on Skillshare.
With Skillshare you can learn about Canva, and so many other things too! We love Skillshare and are looking at hosting our own courses on their soon. You will find courses on Canva, printables, design, blogging, photography and so much more. You can sign up for a free trial and access courses and tutorials right away and if you like it you can use the coupon code aff40dtp to save 40% off an annual subscription!
Why you should resize your images for printing and framing
So when it comes to resizing the printables for framing, Canva makes this easy. This way you can load the printable into Canva, size it to your custom dimensions, and then download it to your computer for printing immediately or taking to your favorite local or online printer for printing in your chosen size.
It’s that easy!
But let us show you the exact steps involved, so you can follow through yourself.
How to resize printables for framing
Okay, so firstly, if you haven’t already, sign up for a free Canva account at www.canva.com
Once you’ve signed up and logged in, take a quick look around at the things you can create as it’s good to get familiar with Canva and the things it can do.
When you’re ready to resize your printable simply click the Create a design button on the top corner.
Now choose ‘Custom dimensions’ from the drop-down menu that appears after you click the Create a design button.
Enter your width and height in either mm or cm, depending on your choice of frame or paper size.
Next, click the Uploads button on the left-hand menu, then click the large Upload an image or video button.
This will open up the file viewer on your computer, where you can browse your computer for the printable you want to resize. Once you locate the printable then click the open button.
This will then upload the printable to your Uploads area of Canva.
Once this has uploaded which normally takes just a few seconds, you simply click on it from within the Uploads area and it will be instantly added into the design area on the screen.
Now simply drag the corners of the image on the design page to scale it to fill the design area, which will now be at the dimensions you require.
Once you’ve done this, you’re almost there. Finally, you need to click on the button on the top right corner and choose the download option.
you’ll now be able to download it either as a PDF Print (recommended for best quality) or as a JPG or PNG, whichever works best for you.
That’s pretty much all there is to it!
Simple huh? Quick, easy, and professional – which pretty much sums up Canva!
Now you can print the printable as you normally would, or send it to your favorite online printer or take it along to your favorite local print store
So there you have it. Our quick and easy guide on how you can resize printable downloads to your chosen dimensions. Now you’ll be able to print and frame any printable wall art you like without feeling restricted to certain frame sizes.
Oh, and you’ll have some experience of using Canva, maybe you can even start making and selling your own wall art! A great way of making extra money or just simply having your own unique wall art for your home or as gifts for friends and family. Remember if you are new to Canva, you can learn it quickly on Skillshare.
If that sounds right up your street then read our guide on making and selling your own printables, it’s so easy and very very enjoyable!