In my last post, I mentioned that if you do not have the funds to hire a graphic designer, there are free online tools you can use as an alternative. One of these tools, Canva, is in a Beta version but is expected to release to the general public within the next month. I am not a graphic designer, nor do I have the time to learn Adobe programs, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try Canva. Below you’ll find my reasoning as to why Canva is likely to become your new best friend.
- Almost all of it is free: Sign up is free, you get to create unlimited projects, and you even get a selection of free backgrounds, photos, text holders, and fonts.
- There are a million stock photos for you to choose from. To get the watermarks off the photos, all you have to do is pay $1. After you pay that, you have 24 hours to play around with the picture, use it in multiple designs or templates, and edit it any way you like.
- Templates! If you’re like me and don’t really understand how to craft together an amazing graphic when it comes to color schemes and typography, don’t worry. The site comes with about 10-15 templates for the following categories: documents, presentations, blog graphics, facebook covers, social media, cards, photo collages, posters, invitations, and business cards. Want to start your own from scratch? Just enter in your custom dimmensions, and voila!
Below you’ll find several examples of images I’ve created; some made from scratch and some from templates in Canva.
The image above is a graphic I created using custom dimensions on the Canva page for my previous blog post. I simply searched the Canva database for computers, took a screenshot of my company’s website, and dragged it into the computer icon. For the text, I used a text holder that I liked, added in some shapes, and customized the fonts. Tip: You must insert text separately if you plan to use multiple fonts. For example, in this image I added four separate texts for four different lines of fonts.
As you can see, in a lot of my images, I like to put the Posh logo in there. You can do the same for you business by clicking on uploads in the left tab bar of Canva, and then searching your computer for the files you wish to put on there. The great thing is that the files you upload will stay saved in there for every project so you don’t have to go back and upload it each time.
Finally, here’s an image I created for my non-profit organization since I needed to find a creative and visually appealing way to reach out to the community. I paid $1 for the stock photo of college interns, and I had 24 hours to make any edits that I needed to.
What are your favorite design tools? Do you think you would ever use Canva? Feel free to comment below, we would love to hear from you!