Designing with Canva
Do you know that visual content is more likely to be shared on social media than other types of content?
Nowadays, where our technology devices are visually engaging, having a good design skill is increasingly important. How can you dramatically improve your designs today?
So, there was a time when I used to be a nasty graphic designer. And that time wasn’t too long ago, my friend. I was an absolute beginner at the time and was trying to come up with the best possible design strategy for creating my blog’s and social media platform’s images.
Fortunately, I met Canva.
What is Canva?
It is a tool loaded with easy-to-use features and functionality that anyone can create a variety of engaging content.
Canva was created by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht & Cameron Adams. Knowing how difficult it is to create a high-quality content, the team wanted to develop an app to end all Photoshop headaches. The company was founded 1 January 2012 in Australia.The website rapidly became popular, with more than 750,000 users in its first year.Social-media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as chief evangelist in April 2014. In fact, Canva announced in October 2015 that it had attracted over 5 million users worldwide.
Canva really offers a variety of content types and an array of preset image templates, both for the most popular social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. From pre-sized social media image and header templates to marketing materials, documents, presentations, invitations and ads, you’ll find almost everything you need.
If you don’t, you can always create a custom project.
Even better, Canva’s collection of content types continues to grow.
For example, they recently introduced templates for both eBooks and resumes. Like most of these solutions, Canva offers drag-and-drop functionality. Combined with search, this feature makes it easy to discover image elements and to include the ones you like.
Canva displays the dimensions of each template in pixels and gives you the option to create an image with custom dimensions if you wish.
Here are 3 big advantages:
- It is great for creating social media graphics.
- No software to download.
- Definitely free!
Some annoyances I noticed:
- No alignment tools.
- No page grids.
Whether you use a free or paid photo, or even one you upload yourself, Canva provides and easy-to-use photo editor where you can change the look of your image using settings that include filters, tint, brightness, and more.
I found this service very useful. There are both free and paid-for images, so you can choose the option that suits you best. It is also easy in use so everyone won’t find the work with it difficult.
As for fonts, Canva offers hundreds from which to choose. It’s hard to stop playing with all those choices!
When it comes to price, you can’t go wrong with Canva because it’s free! You read that right, you can use every Canva template for free.
A selection of filters can be applied to images in Canva, and you can also adjust the brightness, saturation, tint, blur, and other factors.
The only time you’ll need to pay is when you use one or more of the premium images that they sell for the low price of $1 per image. Don’t want to pay? No problem! They offer tons of free images to use as well.
How Do I Use Canva?
Here’s a SlideShare presentation I created to show you just how easy Canva is to use:
Canva enables you to create that content quickly and easily, even if you have little to no graphic design skills.
Whether you use your Canva-created designs online or off, you’ll be able to create a large variety of engaging content that will attract your targeted prospects. As you can see, using Canva is pretty simple.
And remember: Canva lets you quickly create amazing graphics for your social media accounts, web pages & even print!
I would love so much to see the graphics you’ve created so be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment with a link in the comments below to show me what you’ve done!!