Canva is a graphic design platform. It allows you to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content by using an easy drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts. Voted #1 in logo design tools and #2 in graphic design software.
- Easy-to-use graphic design tool.
- Fully cloud-based.
- 100+ graphic design types like logo design, social media posts, business cards and much more.
- Free version with 8,000+ free templates.
- Pro version available to unlock more features and templates.
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Find out what each expert had to say about Canva.
Scot J Chrisman
A super user-friendly tool that lets you design anything from a Facebook cover image to a restaurant menu, Canva is something I use nearly every day for both personal and professional projects. It’s free to sign up and provides a simple way to add text or graphics to an image without having to use a bulky program like PhotoShop. Although most elements are free, if you want to purchase a paid graphic or image, it’s just $1.
Syed Usman Hashmi
There are a variety of tools I use to design creatives, social media posts, and banners, but out of all I recommend everyone to use Adobe Illustrator and Canva for their variety of benefits. Canva is an online logo Design tool while Illustrator needs you to install its software on PC.
Explanation: Canva has a variety of great features with built-in templates and most of its fonts and graphics are free so they don’t require any subscription to use.
Its preset sizes let you design automatically without spending much time on thinking of the specific dimensions.
Most importantly Canva automatically saves your designs on the cloud, so that you don’t need to worry about the hard disk space that a particular creative acquires and can be accessed from any devices no matter wherever you are.
As a professional, I find myself also using Canva pretty consistently as well. Their tool is fast and browser-based with a nice mobile app too. I use them for most of my social media and website graphics that aren’t fully custom or when I’m short on time. Canva is also great when you need to create a large number of graphics in a single sitting. I’ll make a month’s worth of graphics for a client’s social media calendar in about an hour for instance. Oh, let’s not forget the library of stock images from Canva with image templates and the ability to post directly to your social media.
If you’re making your logo yourself and you don’t have an abundance of graphic design skill I really like Canva. It’s a nearly foolproof online design platform with awesome templates and a huge library of stock photos and graphic assets.
The software is designed for people who have a lot of great ideas but don’t always have the design talent to see them through. Everything is really intuitive and the software works really well. Use it for your logo and you’ll be hooked. Pricing is really reasonable for a single account but the price does increase sharply if you bring a team on board.
However, recently a colleague of mine introduced me to Canva. I am very impressed mainly because they have a very wide selection of very nice made templates for different occasions. They are very easy to edit and has no lawyers and it is entirely online. I am still playing with it but recently made something for my company – Central Park Tours in 15 minutes, something which will take me an hour or more with GIMP. Definitely less functionality with Canva (no shadows, no layers etc) but for busy people who do their own designs it is awesome so far. Still learning.
For any new graphic designer, or anyone with less experience using software, I suggest to use this online web-based software which aims at making designing life simple. The key differentiator here is most of the designs in CANVA are free to use which makes it a good choice for quick graphic work.
If you are new to graphic design, you can’t go wrong with Canva. I also work as a social media manager and will create my custom templates within Photoshop and then transfer it to Canva so I can easily mix up the images and text on the go. In a quick pinch, my client can go in and edit the template as well.
I would highly recommend for starters to use Canva for simple graphic designing because there are many templates that are available for them.
If they need some free software to better graphic designing, I would suggest Free Photo Toolfor better photo or graphic editing. It is easy to use and it is free although there are ads. Personally I use them when my graphic designers are busy with assignments and that is when I will use these free online software for my graphic designing jobs.
✓ Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is our number one tool when working on any graphic design project. We love its interface because it offers various targeted workspace layouts, as well as 3D applications and a high level of customisable options.
In a nutshell, Canva offers more than a hundred of fonts and designs you can choose from. Its templates are very easy to use, and most of its applications are mobile-friendly, which makes the tool much valuable.
✓ Adobe Illustrator
We have always used Adobe Illustrator due to its higher compatibility with all our devices. Additionally, its mathematical equations generate all the graphics, which ensures that your designs can be printed in any dimension (as they are highly precise).