Creating Blog Templates in Affinity Designer

This is a tutorial for those wanting to make simple blog graphics in Affinity Designer.

Step 1

Open up a new document in Affinity Designer. Make sure you have ‘pixels’ set to the measurement. Make the height ‘1500 px’ and the width ‘1000 px’. Press OK.

Step 2

Click on the rectangle tool (click ‘M’ for the shortcut). Click and drag it across the layer. Choose your color, I chose a coral.

Step 3

Go to View > Guides Manager. Add two new guides under the ‘vertical guides’ section by clicking on the paper icon below it. Set the first guide to “230 px” and the second to “570 px”. Click “close”.

Step 4

Click on the “Artistic Text Tool”. Click and drag that onto the document. Type “BLOG”. Highlight the text with command+’a’ and pick your font from the selection on the top left. I chose Montserrat Font. But you should choose one that coincides with your brand. Press escape. Click and hold on the side handle while holding down ‘shift’ so it keeps its aspect while you resize it. Align it to the guidelines. Copy and paste it and move it above the original “Blog” text. In this one type “create”. Resize it. Repeat it again and in this text type “templates”. Do the same two more times, only this time choose a different font. I chose “Adobe Garamond Pro”. Set it up to look right using the arrow keys, hold down shift while you use the arrow keys and it will move it ten pixels instead of one. With the move tool drag a box around all the text to highlight it and press ‘command’+’g’ to group those layers.

Step 5

With the group text you just made selected, click on the vertically align tool to center your text vertically. 

Step 6

If you want to add extra designs or patterns just drag and drop them into the document or copy and paste them. You can use graphics already made in Affinity Designer and copy paste them or you can use other files and drag and drop them into the document. If you use other files for patterns to overlay your document it is best to use “.png” files since they may have a transparent background. [Note that you cannot change the colors of “jpeg” or “.png” files.] And there you have a simple blog post template which you can reuse by changing the text and color or graphics.

Step 7

If you wanted to use a photograph as the background instead of a color you just drag and drop that photograph into the file. You may have to zoom out (pinch on the trackpad) so that you can see the edges of the photograph in order to resize it. Click on one of the edges of the photograph and remember to hold down ‘shift’ while you resize it otherwise the photo will get distorted.

Go to the layers panel, click and drag on the photograph in order to move it below the other layers in the panel (it will make a full blue line below the layer. But if you move your curser to the right of this window it will actually drop the file into another layer–you don’t want to do that. If you do just undo with command+z and remove that layer). 

Step 8

You may notice, depending on the picture you use, that the text is hard to read. What you can do is move the rectangle color layer to be above the picture layer. Select the rectangle layer and change the color to black or white (or a different color if you prefer). Next in the layers window, on the top left there is an opacity option. Click on the opacity and drag it down to where it washes out the photograph a bit but makes your text more legible.

Step 9

Export your document by clicking on File > Export and you can choose what format to export it in. If you are using a photograph background you probably want to export in “JPEG” whereas if you just use text and a couple colors “PNG” will probably be the best option.

Thanks for following along, if you have anything to add or questions please let me know in the comments below.

One Response

  1. I just wonder if you have any specific reasons for setting the document at 1000x1500px? I’ve always thought a blog template is landscape layout (horizontal wide), while a Pinterest image is portrait (vertical high). Or does it depend on your particular blog design?

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