I thought I would give it a try and was immediately sold! For those of us that like things to look good, but don't necessarily want to invest in a graphic design package (let alone know how to use one), Canva is for you. As soon as I signed up and started looking through the options I was blown away by the possibilities of this tool, and it's ease of use. For the most part, it is free to publish your designs to a picture or PDF format, and there are nifty customised banners for your Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook profile that will fit the dimensions of a cover picture or post perfectly.
For the last 4-5 months I have used it extensively in the design of my husband's new business venture (www.growingentrepeneurs.com.au) and it has allowed us to create a very professional look and feel in a very straightforward way. We have created many elements in Canva, including:
- blog post images for use on social media
- business cards
- process diagrams with punch
- the brand images (using an imported image created in Procreate - an iPad app)
- social media cover pictures and backgrounds
I have also used it for all the graphics for 'What' to the 'Way' and even use it to develop proposals for prospective clients. While I see this primarily as a business tool, I have also used it for making invitations and other fun things with the kids.
If you really feel unsure of yourself in the design space, what started as a set of tutorials has morphed into the Canva Design school. In here are a host of resources for the less confident designers, including some short, hands-on tutorials that will show you techniques for all kinds of things like font selection, colour, brand and layout. Nice....
So needless to say, I am a huge fan of Canva and can see it being part of my kit bag for a quite some time to come.
NB. This is completely my point of view. I am not representing Canva, nor am I receiving any money from them. Just a happy user.