During the times when we are marking our presence more in the virtual world than the real one, social media and such platforms are something that cannot be missed. There was a time when I used to look at the beautiful posts, posters, cards etc., and wonder how do people create these? It must take a lot of skill and effort to create those but when I came to know about Canva, I realized that it’s a child’s play! And a lot of fun!
What is Canva?
Canva is a graphic design platform that helps you create a lot of creative things online like posts for your social media accounts, cards, posters, presentations and a lot of more fun things!
Canva works both on desktop and mobile. You can search it online or find it at www.canva.com. It is available at Google Play store for android and App store for iPhone. Just download the app and find yourself creating some amazing professional-looking designs. Canva is very user-friendly and you would love creating designs on it. Click here to try Canva Pro for free!
What can you create with Canva?
On Canva you can create-
- Social media posts,
- Greeting cards
- Pinterest posts
- Photo collage
- Invitation cards
- Business cards
- Book covers
- School Projects
and many more similar things for free. Isn’t it amazing? I started using it first to create thumbnails for some YouTube videos. Slowly I started using it for creating Instagram posts, Pinterest posts, presentations and cards.
There are thousands of templates that you can customise. It has a huge collection of free and paid images that you can use for anything that you want to create. You can upload your own images and use them in your designs. It provides a huge library of fonts and stock pictures so that you don’t have to waste time in finding and downloading the right image for your design. The interface is very user friendly which makes it fun to create designs and to work on it.
Besides the basic editing of images like crop, flip, blur, vignette and color adjustments, you can also add borders, frames, speech bubbles and many other features to them.
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Getting started with Canva
Most of the time I use Canva on my desktop as the big screen makes it easier for me to work on my designs. You can login into Canva with your Google account or Facebook account.
After logging-in, on the top of the home page you would see these options-
There is also a search bar on the top right side. Just next to it is the ‘Settings’ icon (for your account settings) and button to ‘Create a design’. On the left side-bar you will have all your designs saved under ‘All your designs’, designs that have been shared with you under ‘Shared with you’. With ‘Create a team’, you can create your team for the work you want to do on Canva and you have ‘all your folders’ also on the left side-bar where you can access all your designs, uploads and shared designs.
Click on ‘Create a design’ and choose what you want to create to get started. You can click on the options shown on the homepage. For example- Instagram story, presentation, poster, Logo etc. If you are looking for something that you don’t see there, you can use the search box. Write the keywords in the search box and you would be able to find what you need.
Under this tab, you can find templates for social media like facebook posts, Instagram posts and stories. Canva also helps you create resumes, postcards, invitation cards, brochures, presentations and worksheets. So, it’s not just for social media or photo editing, you can use it for work too!
Availability of templates saves a lot of time and effort as you don’t need to put various images and fonts together one by one to see which one fits the best. You just need to choose one and edit according to the design you have in your mind. The result is that you get your work done faster, easier and have great quality results.
Another thing I love about Canva is that it auto-saves everything you do in your designs. You can easily undo any changes made that you don’t like.
It tells you about the interesting features of Canva that would help you improve your designs and work better. Some of these features are speech bubbles, curved text, team work. You can add frames, grids and stickers to your designs.
There are a lot of interesting things that you can learn and experiment with in features. Creating printed t-shirts and mugs is so convenient and fun with Canva. You can create your designs or use the templates and have them printed on t-shirts or mugs. These would be delivered at your doorstep.
Teamwork is so much more fun and interesting with Canva. You can work with other people/team in real time and create something together. Again saves a lot of hassle!
Share your creations
Just generate a link and share your designs with others through that link. You can also directly share your designs to your social media accounts from Canva.
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Downloading the designs is very easy. Click on the ‘Download’ on the top right corner and choose the type of file you want. Your design would be downloaded to your computer system.
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Trust me, even if you think you know everything already about Canva, just go to the ‘Learn’ tab and check. You’d definitely find something that you didn’t know before! Here you can find lots of resources where you can get all the detailed information about using Canva.
There are courses and tutorials for learners. There are blog posts with the latest updates that help you make the best use of Canva. You can also learn about the marketing trends, social media trends, brand building, boosting your creativity and a lot more. And all this for free!
You can register for Canva as individuals and small teams, as professionals, as educational organisations, enterprises and non-profits. If you are a registered non-profit, Canva Pro is available for free to you. Isn’t that great?
In addition to everything that Canva free plan offers, Canva Pro offers the features of scheduling social media content to 7 platforms, 100 GB of cloud storage,75+ million premium stock photos, videos, audio and graphics free-to-use . If you want the hard copy of your designs, you can print your designs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Canva automatically saves every design that you create. There is also a ‘Save’ option under the ‘File’ tab. Just click on ‘Save’ to save your design.
You can search for the template under template option or use the search bar. If you want to create an invitation card for an engagement party, just put ‘engagement invitation’ in the search bar. You would have many options to choose from. Similarly you can use the relevant keywords to find templates and images.
On the top right corner, below ‘Create a design’, there is an option ‘Custom size’. You can put in the dimensions you need and create a design accordingly.
Your design would automatically be saved by canva. You can click on the File tab where you can find the ‘Save’ option. You can also save your designs to a folder. With ‘Make a Copy’ option you can create a copy of any of your previous designs so that you can keep the earlier one as it is and create a new one based on the previous one. You can download the design by clicking on ‘Download’ on the top right corner. You can choose the file type from JPG or PNG.
There is no eraser tool on canva but you can remove the background in your images with ‘Background Remover’. It is a feature available with Canva Pro.
Depending upon the number of people you have in your team (using Canva), Canva Pro starts at US$ 9.99 per month.