Getting Creative with Canva
What is Canva?
There’s no question that Adobe Photoshop is the premiere photo editing app, but it remains too costly and too difficult to master for many of us. If you want to create the odd infographic or social media post, and you don’t have time to climb the professional ropes, there’s plenty of free/ semi-free alternatives out there. One of the best has to be Canva.
Canva is an online platform offering hundreds of free templates to help you create amazing postcards, social media graphics, book covers and everything in between. There is no installation required to use Canva. Simply visit the website, create a profile and start designing for free. The premium photo stock on Canva costs money – most seem to cost US$1.00, but there are plenty of free images available too. The site also has a comprehensive Design School that includes a blog, tutorials, and teaching materials.
Canva is simplified photo-editing at its best. Sure, there are no layers and limited filters, but there is still plenty of flexibility on offer, and a good variety of options available, especially for poster and meme creation. Choose from thousands of free elements or upload your images and edit them online. Some of the features include a massive range of frames and fonts, free icons, and badges and streamed designs from other users.
Once you have signed up, choose from a series of templates for posters, presentations, Facebook covers, etc. Just click on your chosen template and decide on the layout that best suits your media. You can then play with fonts, images, filters and backgrounds. Canva saves as you go, so your work will not be lost if you lose connection. When you re-enter the site, your designs will be displayed on the desktop. After you have completed a design, you can share on Facebook and other social media, download or make public via Canva Stream.
Canva isn’t the answer to every photo editing question, but it is user-friendly and can deliver professional looking designs for free. Oh, and did we mention it’s great fun to use?