Canva is an Australian graphic design platform established in 2013 that offers editing tools and numerous ready-made templates for any design ideas. One might ask: Is it difficult to use Canva? Well, fortunately, the platform is extremely user-friendly, even for those with no prior design experience. Even a non-editor can become a professional without having to worry about starting a design from scratch, as the tools provided are simple and basic. In addition, the editing platform can be used either in a web browser or as a downloadable app for both computers and mobile phones.
Canva Unique Functions:
The primary function of Canva is to assist users in creating visually stunning designs for any kind of visual content, be it to make a poster for your social media content, create a business card or even edit a promotional video for your marketing campaign. Although the free version offers abundant tools for basic designing and editing, users can enjoy extensive features of the platform by subscribing to three other plans:
1. Canva Pro
Users have unlimited access to the entire library of photos, elements, templates, and videos, remove image backgrounds, and even resize the design canvas.
2. Canva for Teams
This feature delivers the same function as Canva Pro, but what’s special about Canva for Teams is similar to the name itself, where one account can be shared with a large number of team members to make collaborative work much easier and faster.
3. Canva for Education
Similar to Canva for Teams, this feature can also be shared with educators and students to support a blended / distance learning environment, where it connects to other classroom tools such as Schoology, D2L, Moodle, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Canvas, and Microsoft Teams. The best part about this feature is that it is completely free! All you need to do is sign up using your education email and ID, and you can invite your classmates and educators to the class space.
The Advantages of Using Canva:
1. Constant evolvement
Now, let’s move on to the benefits that Canva offers its users. Firstly is their constant evolving of tools every now and then. In their recent update, they introduced three new editing tools, which are:
PDF upload: Users can edit and create designs in their PDF files and images without having to convert the file into an editable format
Draw: Users will no longer have to download a separate app to draw as Canva provides this feature to bring your designing skills to a different level
Website builder: With this tool, businesses can publish their own website using hundreds of readymade templates in just a short amount of time
2. Team Access
Furthermore, the platform enables team access, allowing you and your team members to view, edit, and comment on the designs, even from the comfort of your home, making collaborative work much easier.
A lot of professional editing tools require subscriptions for the usage of their tools. Still, Canva offers many of its features for free, so you do not need to pay anything to create visually appealing designs. Of course, you can also opt for other plans if you work in the marketing field or use Canva as the primary design software for your business.
All things considered, whether you are an aspiring designer, a business owner, an educator, or even a student, you may find Canva to be the perfect platform to facilitate your work. See you next week for more informative updates!