How To Create Printables

by katie

I’ve been making printables for my blog from the beginning. I love creating different ones for projects, holidays or simple decor. On many blogging groups and forums I see people asking how to make them. Creating a printable that can easily be downloaded by your viewers can be a little tricky and there are many different places on the web to make them. Today, I’m going to share with you how I do it. I’ve found that it doesn’t take up much time this way.


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First I start off by brainstorming a design or idea for a printable. I’m going to make one for Valentine’s Day as an example. I either use Canva or PicMonkey or a combination of the two. For those of you who are unaware of one or both of these online tools, here’s the scoop.

PicMonkey is a great, free online resource for creating and editing photos and images. It also works well for adding water marks to your blog images. It gives you the option to choose your own fonts from your computer and allows you to crop and edit in different filters and even gives you a wide selection of overlays. These are basically stickers you can use to create a personalized image.

Canva is another free online resource that gives you so many different size options and image choices. I find this site is better for creating images rather than editing photos. There are many different options to choose from but they do not give access to your computer’s fonts. It also doesn’t have a crop option. (At least not one I’ve noticed I like.)  Canva is amazing for two reasons, though. They offer different layouts to choose from for inspiration and they allow you to save your project in image or PDF form which is how we get our printables in a downloadable file!

Using PicMonkey, I created a simple Valentine’s Day printable pictured below.

Then, go to Canva.com and choose which size you would like your printable to be. The most popular size is typically 8″x10″. After your size is chosen, save your project and then upload your design to Canva. I finished my printable using Canva’s tools. You can see my printable below.
Once complete, go to the top menu of the page and select download. You can either save as an image or as a PDF. I suggest both by using the image on your blog and saving the PDF for the next step.


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I then upload the PDF to Acrobat.com. Their free version allows me to share my PDF with my viewers and allows them to download your printable with ease. Simply upload your PDF via their little cloud button and then, once your PDF is uploaded, select the file and chose the option to share it. Acrobat does require a monthly fee for the option to email to individual people so if you’re looking to have your printables only available for your email subscribers or for a fee, you’ll have to dish out some dough for this, but I like to share my printables for all to enjoy. Maybe later in the future I may opt to have them email only charge a fee.
This is the screen your visitors will see and allow them to download your oh-so-awesome printable.
And there you have it. Super simple, right? This printable I created for this tutorial isn’t ooh-la-la, but it did it’s job. I’m sure you’ll come up with some pretty printables!
There are other things to create printables like Google Drive, but I find this is simpler and less time consuming. You could also use Photoshop, but I am not a whizz when it comes to it so I stick to what I know. I hope this has helped you! Feel free to contact me with any questions. I’m all ears! 
How do you create your printables? Share below. 🙂
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38 comments

Kim Hilbert January 4, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Thanks! I have been wondering how to do this.

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Kate Lynn January 4, 2015 - 11:41 pm

You're welcome!

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Felicia Silver January 5, 2015 - 4:05 pm

I've used picmonkey for one printable I tried for my blog but I didn't know about Canva. I definitely have to try it out! I love your blog.

Felicia | Beloved Style

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Kate Lynn January 5, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Thanks Felicia!

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Cathy Milne January 6, 2015 - 3:56 am

Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. It is fabulous! Is it possible for you to provide links and be redirected without losing your post?

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Kate Lynn January 6, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Hi, Cathy! If what you mean is to make my links open in another tab, I fixed it. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

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Christie Selken January 6, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Great tips! I've used Photoshop to create printables, but it looks like this may be an easier options. Thanks for sharing! I'm stopping by from the Two Uses Tuesday link party!

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Suzie Jackson January 7, 2015 - 12:20 am

Ok this is great! Thanks! I have picmonkey and use it for editing photos. I never thought about using it to make printables.

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Steph Sharing A to Z January 7, 2015 - 2:53 am

Great information. Thanks for sharing!

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Penny Zeller January 7, 2015 - 3:36 am

Found your blog from the Sew Crafty Angel Linky. Great post! I have used Picmonkey, but haven't used Canva. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for sharing!

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HarmonySweetpea January 8, 2015 - 12:49 am

Great tutorial. I have been using MS word after finding in design to tricky lol maybe Picmonkey is a good option to try 🙂

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Kate Lynn January 8, 2015 - 12:55 am

Thanks! I hope you like PicMonkey. Don't forget to try Canva, too!

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Heidi's Wanderings January 8, 2015 - 8:06 am

This is so useful. I've been wanting to creating some images. And now I know where to go to do it.

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Kate Lynn January 9, 2015 - 12:44 pm

It becomes addicting! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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Jamie AllThatsRocks January 9, 2015 - 3:17 am

So helpful, thanks so much! Will be back when I get around to making a printable for my followers. 🙂

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Kate Lynn January 9, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Awesome. Glad I could help!

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Heather January 9, 2015 - 11:34 am

Great tips! I love making printables for myself, I never think to offer them to my readers 🙂

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Kate Lynn January 9, 2015 - 12:46 pm

I'm glad I could give you the inspiration! Send over the link when you make your first one for your blog. I'd love to check them out.

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Barb January 12, 2015 - 2:21 am

Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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Kate Lynn January 12, 2015 - 9:30 pm

You're welcome, Barb!

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Kimberly Lewis January 12, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Oh my! Awesome post. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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Kate Lynn January 12, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Thank you, Kimberly! I'll be there!

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Kendall June 19, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Thanks for the tips; this post was so helpful! I found your blog through Pinterest and can't wait to look around.

~ Kendall // Postitperfectionist.wordpress.com

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Pat Fenner November 2, 2015 - 12:40 pm

KateLynn,
Is there a reason you don't just upload them to your media file? I've been using both PicMonkey and Canva, but then I save them as a PDF on my own computer and upload them to our site.
Just curious – but is there a reason you would NOT want to do that?!
Always learning! 😉

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Kylara November 10, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Thank you for this post. I have been wanting to try out making printables and offering them to my readers. My blog is still brand new but I'm going to give it a try. I had heard of Canva but only have been using Picmonkey for some things. I am going to definitely try it out for sizing. Thanks for the information, as I am sure it will be useful in my future endeavors.

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Monica Riojas December 29, 2015 - 7:01 pm

This was great! Thanks for the sharing it, I've been wanting to make printable for my blog. I'm going to try it out! Wish me luck!

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Kate Auclair February 7, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Good luck!

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Shel Harrington January 6, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Thanks for the great info – I'm looking forward to giving it a try! I tried to pin the article several times but received a 404 message. Then I tried to email it to someone three times, and each time the email share took me to stumbleupon and when I tried to get back I had to go through the first article I was in and a pop up subscribe message before I could get back to this article.

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Creative Chics Rule January 9, 2016 - 7:50 pm

Thank you. I'm a new blogger, was going to launch jan. 1st. Last year and again this year but life happened. I'm hoping to this next month, I love that you help and share your knowlegde, if possible, you commented about if anyone had a question or something, I have tried reaching out to other bloggers but I never hear back, you and your blog are awesome and you actually give ideas, tips, and step by step on the how to's, I really would appreciate if you could help me with one thing? If so, here's my email: diana@Creativechicsrule.com
Ifor not, I still love your blog and thank you for sharing all you do!

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Melody January 28, 2016 - 7:45 am

Wow, so much simpler than I thought! Thank you!

Melody // http://www.marevoli.com

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tiarraco February 2, 2016 - 1:52 am

This is a really helpful blog. Thanks for posting this, I thought it was way more difficult. Stress levels down.

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Kate Auclair February 7, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Thank you! Glad I could help!

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Unknown February 7, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Having trouble getting pic monkey color chart to give me the same color when I add new text box to same pic. I do not want everything to be a different color. Have you figured a way to get same color again and again on same pic?

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Kate Auclair February 7, 2016 - 5:59 pm

Yes. If you look at the top right corner of the color box, you should see 6 letters, numbers and/or both. That is the color code for the color you chose. If you want to keep the same color in different text boxes either right-click the text and select 'duplicate text' or select the text box of the color you like and, when going back to the text box you want to change, select those 6 digits and replace them with those from your preferred color. Hope this helps. If not, let me know what else I can do. 😄

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A Navy Heart March 4, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Thanks so much for the great information! Like you mentioned, it is pretty easy to create a PDF from your instructions. I followed your steps and just created 2 PDFs for my Spring blog!

http://anavyheart.com/spring-tulip-craft/

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Retratos Parejo March 14, 2016 - 5:19 pm

I found Canva a few months ago, but i didn't kwow about PicMonkey. They seem easy to use.
Thanks for your post, it was really amazing. n_n

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Jenna Jenkins December 7, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Ahhh, thanks for sharing this! I've been looking for a good tutorial on creating printables, and this is the best I've found! Thank you! 🙂

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Erin February 17, 2017 - 12:42 pm

I love both sites! I haven't created printables (yet) however I've used both sites to create ebook covers and blog post graphics. Super easy. Also, Canva has free pics you can use and ones you can pay for for cheap. Great post!! Can't wait to try making my own printable.
http://www.mommysuburbia.blogspot.com

Erin

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