Are you looking for free digital planner covers? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a digital planner cover for GoodNotes, Noteshelf or Notability.
If you have a digital planners, or digital notebooks and use apps such apps such as Notability, Noteshelf or GoodNotes, you can change the covers of your documents to make it very easy for you to spot your digital notebook in your library.
These apps offer a range of pre-made covers that you can use for free, or you can buy new ones online. However, you might want to create a customized cover for your digital journal or notebook.
If that is the case then this is the tutorial for you!
In this step by step post I’ll show you how you can make cute GoodNotes Covers or Custom Notebook Covers for any note taking app you may be using.
And all of it for free. So let’s get started!
Create Custom Digital Covers For GoodNotes, Noteshelf etc
To create our digital covers we’ll be using a fee site called Canva.
Canva is a site for creating graphic designs. It’s very easy to use. You can have a free account or upgrade to a pro account but for what we will use today a free account is enough.
We’ll use Canva to create our cover images, then download it to our computer or device and then upload it to our note taking app.
I am creating this graphic today on the computer but there is a Canva app too that you can use to do the same on the iPad or your Android tablet.
How To Create Covers For Digital Planner Or Digital Notebook
Here’s how to make your own covers:
1. Create a Custom Design in Canva
If you’re new to Canva just create an account for free. In this homepage you get access to a variety of templates to choose from and a tab to learn how to use the app. The app is very user friendly so even if you’re new you’ll be able to explore the interface in no time.
To create a custom design we have to click here on the top right corner . Choose to insert Custom dimensions.
I am going to create a Canva that is the size of a 11 inches iPad screen. Even if your device is not this size I believe this proportion to be still good to use in for other devices, regardless of the app you choose.
So the custom canva will be 1668 x 2388 pixels.
2. Choose Photo in canva
When the design opens with your custom size you’ll see that Canva already provides you with lots of templates that you can use, most of them for free.
If you like something you just need to click and it’ll resize everything, so you just have to change the text and you are done.
But today we’re going to create one from scratch.
I want to create a leather cover, so I will just search on the top bar for leather. The app will give you free and pro choices.
I normally try to find free images but if none of these are great for me I will search for a free image in Unsplash.
Find a free image that you like and click to add it to your design. Now you can resize the image to cover the entire cover area. And that’s all you have to do for the background.
3. add text to your cover
Now to add text go to the Text tab.
Here Canva also offers plenty of pre-made templates. Find something that you like and click to add to your design.
Now you may need to ungroup the items, delete the irrelevant text boxes and change the text to whatever you want.
You can resize, change color and add effect to the text if you want to.
Once you’re happy with the cover you can simply download the image as PNG, JPEG or PDF.
4. Find free images on unsplash (optional)
Unsplash is a site with millions of images that you can use for free. The license cover both personal and commercial use, check the license before using though.
You can search for something you want or simply scroll the site for inspiration.
Once you find something you like click on the arrow to download the image. Now you can drag and drop this image to Canva and use it as background for the cover in the same way we did before in this tutorial.
You can create several different notebook pages just by changing the background image and text of your template.
5. Add your cover to noteshelf, goodNotes or notability
When you’re done you just need to import your brand new notebook covers to your app of choice.