Overview of Canva: This is a freaking fantabulous product. I do love Adobe and all, but because my laptop is so slow, I have to use that on my phone which means bouncing images between 5 different apps. With Canva, it has pretty much everything there! You can make your own logo, cards, graphics, and so much more with just one program. If I start this on my phone, I can just save it and hop on my computer to keep working. This means no more emailing myself hundreds of pictures (I had so many emails from myself with images, it was annoying).
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Price: $0, or $9 and change/month
- Build your own designs
- Using cool templates
- So many different types of cool fonts
- Free images
- Option to upgrade to canva for work
- Make your own logo to add to images
- Not too many free images (but that’s why you got Pixabay)
Who is Canva For?
This is for anyone and everyone. It is especially helpful for those who are trying to grow their business. They have many different layout that can be used for any kind of social media. Its also very easy to use therefore you don’t have to be a creative expert to get make some great looking stuff.
How does it work?
All you need to do is sign up for a free account and you are ready to go! On your homepage you will have various layouts that are already optimized for your needs like Pinterest graphic, Blog Title, Facebook Cover, Logo, and so much more. You can also just input your own measurements.
Once you choose the layout or size, it will open up a new window where you can edit everything. You can upload images for the background, add text, lines, little illustrations, and even icons. If you feel that you are not as creative as you wished, they have designs that you can customize by changing the wording or the pictures and colors. The possibilities are endless, especially if you pair it with Pixabay. Here is a tiny clip on how to do the do (no audio).
Their support is pretty awesome. They offer a bunch of answered FAQs that pretty much cover almost everything you may need. If the question you are looking for is not available, you could possibly get a hold of them through social media. They are predominantly on Facebook. I haven’t had any problems with anything so far and I actually have Canva for Work which is an upgraded version.
There is the free account which is freaking awesome and let me tell you, you don’t need any more than that. I personally chose Canva for Work because I have a bad memory and it helps speed things up a bit. With Canva for work you can save your brand which includes color scheme, fonts, templates all throughout so that you have some consistency. It also has the magic resize which resizes what ever you are working on into different layouts. For example, if I am working on a blog image, I can magically resize it to be compatible with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and so many more, without having to start all over and do each one by one.
Another HUGE reason why I really wanted to get Canva for Work was because of the transparency. I know this may be silly to some, but this was really important to me. with the ability to have a transparent background, I could apply my logo without worrying about a white (or whatever color) background. I have always thought images looked weird when the logo was on and it had a box around it to represent the logo, do you know what I mean? I just think it is so much nicer to just have the logo by itself, unless I chose to add a little box around it.
Anyway, Canva for Work has a lot of awesome stuff that I am really digging, but to be honest you don’t need it, especially if you have patience.
My Final Opinion on Canva
If you haven’t heard of it, go and get an account. It is absolutely lovely and amazing. The only thing I could complain about is that there aren’t a whole lot of free images, but like I said, I got Pixabay for that. The phone app is also a little weird, but that may be because I haven’t updated my phone which in turn means I haven’t updated the app.
Anyway it is awesome. I definitely recommend it to anyone trying to make any type of graphics. They work for the flyers, cards, papers, and even online business.
If you are trying to start an online business, I do know of a pretty awesome program that can lead you to create a successful online business, that also offers a free account here. Pair this program with Canva and you are ready to rule the world!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please leave them below without hesitation. If you have tried Canva, leave your experience below, whether you agree with me or think I am absolutely wrong 🙂