I must admit that the Canva tool and service is pretty simple and easy to use. Since the product is still in beta, it should be easy for just about anyone to use. On a frequent basis I work with Photoshop and Gimp for my photo editing needs and web images. As a hands on person, I am always on the look out for something new and easy to use to help save me time.
The Canva website provides several in depth online design tutorials on how to get started and use the canva website. The courses and tutorials are very well thought out and put together. They remind me somewhat of Lynda.com online classes.
One of the best features about Canva is that it is essentially free to use. If you want a specific image on any subject, most likely they have it. You pay only $1.00.
Yes, you read it correctly, you only pay $1.00 for some of the most professional looking quality photos. Another super cool feature is that several of the photos can be used for commercial use. Is that sweet or what?
If you are like most of us that manage our websites, you prefer tutorials from seasoned users in the field, to get a real practical hands on feel of how to use the program.
Since I have several sites that I read on design in my spare time, I thought that I would share a few snippets from design veterans that are just great with the canva tool.
The first one that I am sharing is from Will Adams of Rock Solid Info. Will is a mastermind at breaking down concepts on design and website related stuff.
In his Canva Review, Will highlights the following in his 4 minute screen cast video turial.
Canva makes making images quick and easy. The other great thing is it’s free unless you use one of their premium images. The thing is you can upload your own pictures and not pay a thing.
A great tip for this beta program – Saving your image:
Canva has an auto-save feature, but sometimes is doesn’t quite get it right. The good news is you just have to close Canva and reopen it again. Your image will be there and available for downloading.
Melissa Taylor, the savvy social media guru provides some helpful tips in her review of Canva:
Canva Save and Pay
To save, click Link & Publish. You’ll be able to choose if you want an image file (.png) or a .pdf file. You can also pay for any Canva images, at the save function.
When you click on any design element, the editing options box pops up
Assessment of Canva
Canva’ is still somewhat clunky when comparing to its competitors, but becomes easier to use, once you use it more frequently. On the surface, Canva appears to be easier to use, when you compare this online tool to Photoshop or Gimp. There are still a few bugs that need to be fixed in Canva to make it perfect, however, I am sure that given time, the creators will get all the kinks worked out in the program.
Don’t take my word.. Give it a try, it is free and super easy to use….
Click on the following links to read more on Canva –
Canva Review – Rock Solid Info
Canva Review – I heart radio – Amy