Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Will Hagle
Canva is a comprehensive online graphic design tool, allowing users to create designs for blogs, presentations, Facebook cover photos and much more.
Canva is an online tool that makes graphic design affordable and accessible to every one. The site was created as a response to graphic design programs such Photoshop that can be expensive to purchase and difficult to learn. As a result, Canva is easy to use and entirely free. There are built-in templates on Canva that allow you to create designs for specific uses, such as print-out flyers or Facebook cover photos. Because all of the design work on Canva is done online, creating a design is as simple as dragging photos, fonts, and shapes from the site’s built-in library. Users can also upload their own photos to use in their designs. If you need to design anything — business cards, posters, invitations, presentations or blog graphics — Canva should be your first stop.
While Canva has an extensive library of tools and images that can help make any design look great, only some of the site’s fonts and elements are free. Other images hosted on the site cost $1 each. Still, $1 is a relatively low price to pay, especially considering there are hundreds of free images to choose from. If you don’t mind paying the small fee, there are millions of options to choose from. Searching for these images is as easy as typing whatever you desire into the search bar. Whatever you search for, Canva displays a wide range of options with the price clearly defined. Another great feature that sets Canva apart from applications such as Photoshop is its social feature. Canva allows users around the world to collaborate and communicate with each other, so professional designers can work with clients or with other professionals in order to create a unique design together online. Because the site has so many unique features, even those well-versed in traditional design applications should consider using it.