Are you looking for a new graphic design tool? Would you like to read a detailed review of Canva? Because it’s a tool I like to use. I am also writing my first ebook using Canvas and will publish it on my site soon. You can download it for free. Let’s start the review.
Canvas has a web version and also a mobile app
What is Canvas?
Canva is a free graphic design web application that allows you to create invitations, business cards, flyers, lesson plans, banners and more using professionally designed templates. You can upload your own photos from your computer or Google Drive, and add them to Canvas templates using a simple drag-and-drop interface. It’s like a basic version of Photoshop that doesn’t require graphic designing knowledge to use. It’s best for nongraphic designers.
Who is the most suitable for?
Canvas is a great tool for small business owners, online entrepreneurs and marketers who do not have time and want to edit quickly.
To create sophisticated graphics, a tool like Photoshop can be ideal. To use it, you need to learn hundreds of its features, get acquainted with the software and have a good background in design.
You also need a high-end computer to run the latest version of Photoshop.
So here is the canvas, with the canvas you can do it all with the drag-and-drop feature. It’s also easy to use and free. Also, the cheaper paid version is available for $ 12.95 per month.
Free vs. Pro vs. Enterprise Pricing Plan
The product is available in three plans: Free, Pro (વપરાશ 12.99 / month per user or લોકો 119.99 / year for up to 5 people), and Enterprise ($ 30 per user per month, at least 25 people).
Free plan features
- 250,000+ free samples
- 100+ design styles (social media posts, presentations, letters and more)
- Hundreds of thousands of free photos and graphics
- Invite members to your team
- Collaborate and comment in real time
- 5GB cloud storage
- Try Canva Pro for free for 30 days
Pro plan features
- Everything is free, plus:
- 100+ million premium and stock photos, videos, audio and graphics
- 610,000+ premium and free templates with new designs every day
- Access to background remover and magic resize
- Create a library of colors, logos and fonts for your brand or campaign with over 100 brand kits
- Remove image background immediately with background remover
- Infinitely resize designs with Magic Resize
- Save the design as a template for your team to use
- 100GB cloud storage
- Schedule social media content on 8 platforms
Enterprise plan features
- Everything in Pro is a plus:
- Establish your brand’s visual identity with logos, colors and fonts in multiple brand kits
- Control your team’s access to apps, graphics, logos, colors and fonts with brand control
- Built-in workflow to get approval on your design
- Set what components your team can edit and stay on the brand with template locking
- Unlimited storage
- Log in with Single-Sign On (SSO) and get access to 24/7 enterprise-level support.
How to use Canva?
To get started on Canva, you’ll need to create an account by providing your email address, Google, Facebook or Apple credentials. You will then choose your account type between student, teacher, small business, large company, non-profit or individual. Depending on the type of account you choose, samples will be recommended to you.
You can sign up for a free trial of Canvas Pro, or you can start with the free version to see if it’s the right graphic design tool for your needs.
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Designing with canvas
When you sign up for an account, Canva will suggest different post types to choose from. Depending on the type of account you set up, you’ll be able to see templates categorized by the following categories: social media posts, documents, presentations, marketing, events, ads, launch your business, build your online brand, etc.
Start by choosing a template for your post or finding something more specific. Search by social network name to see a list of post types on each network.
Next, you can select the template. Choose from hundreds of templates ready to go, with customizable photos, text and other elements.
You can start your design by choosing from a variety of ready-made templates, finding a template that matches your needs, or working with a blank template.
Canvas has a lot to choose from, so start with a specific search. If you want to create a business card just find it and you will see a lot of templates to choose from.
Within Canvas Designer, the Elements tab gives you access to lines and shapes, graphics, photos, videos, audio, charts, photo frames and photo grids. The search box on the Elements tab lets you find everything on the canvas.
Initially, Canvas has a huge library of elements to choose from. To find them, be specific in your search query. You can also choose to search the following tabs to see different components separately:
The Photo tab lets you find and select millions of professional stock photos for your templates.
You can change the photos in our templates to create a new look. This can also make the template more suitable for your industry.
You can find photos on pexel, pixabay and many other stock photography sites or just upload your own photos.
When you select an image, Canvana’s photo editing features allow you to set, crop or animate the photo’s settings (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.).
When you subscribe to Canvas Pro, you get access to a number of premium features, including a background remover. This feature allows you to remove the background from any stock photo in the library or any image you have uploaded.
The Text tab lets you add headings, plain text, and graphical text to your design.
When you click on text, you’ll see options for adjusting the font, font size, color, format, spacing, and text effects (such as shadows).
Canvas Pro subscribers can choose from a large library of fonts on the Brand Kit or Styles tab. Enterprise-level controls ensure that visual content stays on-brand, no matter how many people are working on it.
Create an animated image or video by adding audio to social news feeds to grab the user’s attention.
If you want to use audio from another stock site or your own audio tracks, you can upload it in the Uploads tab or from the More options.
Want to create your own videos? Choose from thousands of stock video clips. You will find videos up to 2 minutes long
You can upload your own videos in the Uploads tab, as well as videos from other stock sites.
Once you’ve selected a video, you can use the canvas editing features to trim the video, flip it over, and adjust its transparency.
On the Backgrounds tab, you’ll find free stock photos to serve as a background on your design. Change the background of the template to give it a more personal touch.
The Styles tab lets you quickly change the look of your template with just one click. And if you have a Canva Pro subscription, you can upload your brand’s custom colors and fonts to make sure the design stays on the brand.
If you have a Canva Pro subscription, you will have a logo tab. Here, you can upload variations of your brand logo for use throughout your design.
With Canva, you can even create your own logo. Note that you cannot trademark with stock content in the logo.
Release with canvas
With Canvas, free users can download and share designs on multiple platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Slack and Tumblr.
Canva Pro subscribers can create multiple post formats from a single design. For example, you can start by designing an Instagram post, and Canva’s Magic Resizer can resize it for other networks, stories, reels, and other formats.
Canva Pro subscribers can also use Canva’s Content Planner to post content to eight different accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Slack and Tumblr.
Canva Pro allows you to work with your team on visual content. The design can be created inside the canvas, and then sent to your team members for approval. Everyone can comment, edit, revise, and keep track of version history.
When it comes to printing your designs, Canvas has you covered. With a wide selection of printing options, they can turn your design into anything from banners and wall art to mugs and T-shirts.
Canvas prints are perfect for any business that wants to make a lasting impression. Create inspirational designs that people want to wear, keep and share. Provide custom business cards that leave a lasting impression on customers.
The Canvas app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Canvas app received a five-star rating of 9.9 out of 946.3K Apple users and a 4.5 out of 6,996,708 Google users.
In addition to mobile apps, you can use Canova’s integration with other Internet services to add images and text from sources such as Google Maps, Emojis, Google Drive and Photos from Dropbox, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Bitmojis and other popular visual content elements.
Canvas advantages and disadvantages
- User friendly interface
- Canvas is a great tool for those who want to create professional graphics but do not have graphic design skills.
- Hundreds of samples, so you never have to start from scratch.
- A wide variety of templates to fit multiple uses
- Branding kits to keep your team consistent with the brand’s colors and fonts
- Creating visual content on the go
- You can find royalty free images, audio and video without having to subscribe to another service.
- Some professional templates are only available to Pro users
- Advanced photo editing features such as blurring or erasing a specific area.
- Some components that come out of the design are difficult to recover.
- Features (such as canvas presentations) may use some modification.
- If you are a regular user of Adobe products, you may find the features of Canva limited.
- Likes to work with vectors. Especially the logo.
- Expensive enterprise cost
In general, canvas is an excellent tool for people who need simple images for projects. If you are an experienced graphic designer, you will find canvas platform painting in customization and advanced features – especially in vectors. But if you have a little bit of design experience, you will find it easier to use Canoe for most projects than advanced graphic design tools like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section.