In a previous blog post, I mentioned how Twitter chats were great for learning about new tactics and tools. This post is proof of how beneficial those chats are. Without doing chats I don’t know when I would have learned about Canva, which is a tool I use nearly every day and learned about during the Content Writing Chat.
What is Canva?
Canva is a simple to use graphic design tool. It allows you to make images and designs for the web or for print. Since being founded in 2012, it has nearly 1 million users.
Reasons you Should be Using Canva.
1. You Don’t Need Design Skills
I have no artistic ability; a 2-year-old can draw a better stick figure than me. My lack of design ability makes Canva a must use tool for me. They have layouts available that you can work with and make your own by swapping out images and changing the text and font.
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2. It’s Easy to Use
Even if you don’t work off a layout that Canva has, it is still easy to use. You can drag and drop images you want to upload as the background or select an image from their site. Canva has grids available so you can divide up the image you are creating into smaller sections.
3. The Possibilities are Endless
I primarily use Canva to create images for Facebook and Twitter. But there is so much more you can do with Canva. They have designs for Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and more social media outlets. They also have designs for a Kindle Cover, Blog Graphic, Infographic and more. The best part of all, they have an option for custom images too!
You can share designs and images with team members via email or link and determine the amount of access they have to make edits. Canva also allows you to share the image directly from their website to Facebook and Twitter.
5. It’s (Mostly) Free
I have a free account with Canva. There are “in-app purchases” that can be made for pictures, symbols, etc. The abilities you have with the free version don’t make it necessary to upgrade the account, though.