How To: Make a Keep Calm Poster
Instead of buying a typical Keep Calm poster, personalize your own!

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Have you ever wanted a Keep Calm poster but wanted to customize it yourself? This tutorial breaks down every step you need to know in order to create an awesome poster.

So keep calm and read on.


Launch the image editor of your choice and create a new file (File>New). Make it a standard size, such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches or 11 inches by 17 inches. The resolution should be 300 pixels per inch.

Fill the background with a flat color of your choice. You can go with the classic red (#E31F17), or you can choose anything you like: blue, black, green, etc.


Now it’s time to add your slogan. To write your text, you can use the font appropriately named Keep Calm, which you will find on many sites like 1001 Fonts. If you already have them, then you also can use the Avenir or Gill Sans fonts.

Make the text white and centered.


Several online image repositories have the Keep Calm logo available for download. If you want to make your own version or change the classic crown with another image, you can do so in a vector graphics editor, such as Illustrator, by tracing the original image or drawing with the pen tool.


There are other ways to make your Keep Calm poster, such as dozens of Keep Calm generators on the web that you can use to make your poster without having to design it.

You won’t have as much freedom like you would if you were making it from scratch, but using these generators can produce your poster quickly.

Some of the most popular generators are the original Keep Calm-o-Matic, Keep Calm Studio and Keep Calm and Posters.


You also can create your Keep Calm poster on your phone using mobile apps.

Android users can download Keep Calm and Keep Calm Pro. On iOS, you can check out Keep Calm and __? and Keep Calm Creator.

In these apps, you can choose colors, icons and the background or change your text and add photos.

There are so many ways to make your Keep Calm poster customized and awesome. You can try different options among those I’ve illustrated, or choose the one that suits you best.

About the Author
Kristi Maddox is a master of graphic design, on-site design and ordering, and is the go-to for template and design tool usage.
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