Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and spreading joy, and what better way to do that than with a stunning poster design? In this guide, I'll show you how to create a Chinese New Year 2023 poster using Canva, the easy-to-use graphic design platform. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned designer, you'll be able to create a beautiful poster that will help bring in the New Year in style.
Step 1: Choose a template
Canva has a wide variety of Chinese New Year poster templates to choose from. To get started, go to the "Templates" section of the Canva website and search for "Chinese New Year" or "Lunar New Year". Once you've found a template that you like, click on it to begin editing.
Step 2: Customize the design
Now that you've chosen a template, it's time to customize it to make it your own. You can change the colours, images, and text to match your desired theme. You can also play around with different design elements like illustrations, icons, and frames to add a festive touch to your poster. Since this year is a rabbit year, you can put rabbit as one of your design element.
Step 3: Incorporate traditional Chinese symbols
Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate tradition, so it's important to include traditional Chinese symbols in your poster design. Some popular symbols include the Chinese characters for "prosperity" or "happiness." You can find these symbols in Canva's library of design elements. I use this keyword "chinese new year symbol luck" to get the character luck (fu).
Step 4: Add a greeting
To make your poster even more special, add a Chinese New Year greeting to it. You can use a simple "Happy Chinese New Year" or "Gong xi fa cai" (Mandarin for "Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year") and add Chinese New Year wishes too.
Step 5: Share or download your design
Once you're happy with your design, you can download it and share it on social media platforms or print it to use as a physical poster. This is what I've created from canva. You can try it too by editing the template or start from blank poster.
Creating a Chinese New Year poster with Canva is a fun and easy way to add a touch of festivity to your celebrations. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to design a stunning poster that will help bring in the New Year in style. Happy designing!