Canva: Free and amazing tool which helps to design process

Canva

Now the Canva service is at the peak of its popularity. And still there are people who do not know about its existence or have no idea how to use it at all.

Let’s solve this problem – let’s talk about the advantages of the service, as well as how to use it to create suitable pictures, presentations and other design stuff.

What is Canva

Canva is an online service for creating graphic design elements, starting with illustrations for social networks and ending with layouts for printing. Founded in 2012 in Australia.

The key advantage of this editor is its simplicity. The service tries to make the design accessible to everyone, even for those who do not know how to draw. Canva is provided both on a paid and free basis. However, in the second case there are some limitations, they will be discussed below.

Advantages of the program

Canva, of course, has a bunch of advantages, and here are some of them:

Easy to use.

A bunch of free templates, pictures, videos, icons, etc.

Creating designs for different purposes.

Saving the final project in a variety of formats.

The ability to work both through the browser and using applications for computers and smartphones.

How to use the Canva

First of all, you need to register and log in to your profile. You can also log in via Google, Facebook or Apple accounts.

After the first entry, you can take a short introductory course, which will tell you about the main features and tools of the editor.

Ready-made templates

There are a lot of templates in the Canvas for a variety of purposes – from business cards to layouts for landing pages. All of them are available in the corresponding section on the main page.

Where to look for design templates

I will consider examples of flyers. Going to the appropriate section, I look at all the available options. By the way, they are constantly replenished with new samples.

Image processing methods and filters in Canva

Working with text

Canva is also good because it provides a notable tool for customizing the appearance of the text. In addition to the standard change of fat, italics and underscores, it is possible to change the case with a single click on the button, create numbered and bulleted lists, alignment in different ways. Well, my favorite thing is the effects.

Applying effects to the text

I also want to draw attention to the fact that there are a lot of fonts here. By the way, for some of them, the use of style parameters such as fatness and italics is not available. You can view all the samples by selecting the item in the toolbar, as shown in the screenshot below.

Changing the font and text style in the graphic editor

By the way, the size can be changed in two ways. The first is simply to specify the best option in the appropriate field in the toolbar. The second is to “pull the text by the ears”.

Copying a style

It works on almost all objects used in the Canvas. You just need to select one element, then click on the icon with the image of the roller in the upper right corner and apply formatting to another object. It works even when replacing photos on the background.

Uploading files

The Drag-and-drop function is built into this service for a reason. You can insert your own photos and images, videos, logos and even music. All this will then be available in the Downloads section of the same name.

Integration with other services

The developers of this editor have provided for the possibility of integrating various services. For example, you can insert a QR code, emoji emoticons, a location from Google Maps, any files from Google Drive or Dropbox, videos from YouTube, photos from Flickr, animations from GIPHY and much more. All this, by the way, is available in the “More” tab located at the very bottom of the working menu.