Looking to improve your images on social media, your website, postcards, blogs….. (the list is endless) but are not able to use photoshop or illustrator? Let us introduce Canva to you.
Canva, a design tool that allows the most technologically impaired make wonderful and beautiful pieces of marketing images with little effort.
Hi, I’m Olivia. I have been using Canva for personal and business for a couple years now, but it is as easy and simple as the first time. There are a lot of design tools out there, but in my experience, Canva has to be the most user friendly!
As soon as you open Canva you can see that it is designed to help you. You can use Canva on anything from your phone to your laptop, and although that may seem unnecessary, I cannot tell you how many times I have updated a post or a piece of advertisement on my way to an event.
As you sign in to your canva account, you will see a selection of design templates based on dimensions for each type of design. For example, depending on what you use most, they will offer you a facebook cover photo, a twitter header and a poster layout. If you use canva for your restaurant or bar, then they may offer you menu and flyer templates. Once you have a few designs under your belt you can make a ‘team’ and share your designs, so everyone can have their input. You can send messages and comments within the programme. You can create a brands well, which means Canva will save a colour palette, font and templates for you so you can create new pieces of advertisement that you love with a consistent message and theme.
This is just the normal functions, and there are different versions that you can pay for if you want to. Also, while you’re making your designs there are certain things that you have to pay for, but it is totally and completely possible to create your designs without paying a penny. I guess it’s as much or as little as you like.
I am obviously a bit of a fan, but if you’ve used Canva or might look into it because of this article then let us know! I think it can be an incredibly valuable tool for those who are starting their own business, blog, or want to advertise their products (like our stallholders!)
Here’s a link to some more ‘how to’ style articles about Canva, incase you choose to have a little investigate!
They have also recently developed an app. I still prefer to use it on my computer and with all new software it needs a little time to settle but I am sure they will get it perfect.
Benefits of Canva:
Lots of templates for you to choose from which can be downloaded and uploaded to the platform of your choice.
Saves your colour palettes.
Lots of fonts to choose from.
Upload as many images as you wish or use their image library.
It can apply filters and enhance photos.
It aligns and layers content.
Free with the option to pay.
There are other websites which are also pretty cool too and we have used GetStencil.com
It also supplies images and templates but less of them are free and you only have an allowance of 10 per month. They offer quotes to add to your images which is a nice feature.
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