Canva is a web-based design platform that aims to make graphic design for your blog or website simple and accessible. With Canva, you don’t have to be a professional designer to make your business blog look appealing. For the everyday user, Canva is a wonderful tool to have.
Canva has a library of more than a million photographs, graphics, and texts, so there's no shortage of graphic elements to choose from. If you use the free elements available on Canva, or upload you own, your design is free for you to download and use as you please.
Because of Canva’s sharing option, it can now be much easier to share your designs with others. Instead of a cumbersome email exchange, upload your design to Canva and then share it with others. This is especially useful for professional designers, who may want to use Canva for collaborative purposes. As the company’s founder Melanie Perkins states, Canva isn’t meant to replace pro tools like Photoshop or InDesign. “We draw a line in the sand, and we don’t do things like logo design or things that require a lot of fine-tuned pixel manipulation,” says Perkins. “But what designers can do is upload that content, and then do the layout design in Canva.”
The majority of users who can benefit from Canva are bloggers who just want to create a newsletter, flyer, slideshow, or an image for a blog post. And Canva is accessible to the masses – it has a friendly interface, instructions that are easy to understand, and is free to sign up and use.
For those who may be reluctant to try so-called “design software,” Canva ensures that its users have no trouble using its features. When you begin a design, there is a menu on the left hand side of the screen that allows you choose design elements from categories such as banners, lines, shapes, backgrounds, and more. Then, simply drag and drop your desired elements to the blank canvas to your right. Other options let you add your own text, layouts, or uploaded work.
Canva is the type of design program where it’s so easy, there’s no harm in at least trying it. And who knows, you may decide that it’s a valuable tool for your blog or website!
Do you use Canva for your business blog or website? What do you think of it’s features? Let us know what you think by posting in the comment section below.