Canva is my SECRET ONLINE DESIGNER TOOL and now I’m going to have to share it. Why? It’s because it will help you in the long run.maida barrientos,ceo
What is Canva? Canva is an online designer tool with collaboration and publishing features that allows you to design professional stunning graphics without a graphic designer in less than a few minutes.
Create Many Types of Content
As you can see below, Canva really offers a variety of content types. From pre-sized social media image and header templates to marketing materials, documents, presentations, invitations and ads, you’ll find almost everything you need.
f you don’t, you can always create a custom project.
Even better, Canva’s collection of content types continues to grow. For example, they recently introduced templates for both eBooks and resumes.
Drag-and-Drop Online Designer Tool
Like most of these solutions, Canva offers drag-and-drop functionality. Combined with search, this feature makes it easy to discover image elements and to include the ones you like.
Tons of Images and Fonts to Use
Whether you use a free or paid photo, or even one you upload yourself, Canva provides and easy-to-use photo editor where you can change the look of your image using settings that include filters, tint, brightness, and more.
As for fonts, Canva offers hundreds from which to choose. It’s hard to stop playing with all those choices!
Canva makes it easy to collaborate on designs in two ways: ask for comments and open to edit.
Both types of sharing are initiated by clicking on the “Share” button in the editor and then entering one or more email addresses in the email box:
Online Designer Tool with Publishing Features
Share as website
With the website feature, you can turn your Canva design into its own website.
To share your design as a website:
- Click the Website button from the menu bar. If the recommended publish option is not set to Website, click on the arrow right beside it and then select Website from the options.
- Select a Web style in the drop-down.
- Purchase premium elements if you have any in your design.
- Click Open website or copy the link to share the website with others.
Once the link has been copied to your web browser, the design will open in website mode. A simple navigation will appear at the top of the screen, which you can use to scroll between pages. Alternatively, you can scroll to change pages.
Publish as animation
Get your designs moving with Animation Pro! note: Animation Pro is exclusively available for Canva Pro subscribers and can be accessed on a desktop or mobile browser.
To bring your design to life and download it as an animation, follow these steps:
- Click on Publish or the arrow beside the recommended publish option from the top corner of the editor.
- Select Animation.
- To preview the six animation styles (Fade, Pan, Block, Rise, Breathe, or Slide), click the options under Animation Style and select your choice.
- To download your design, select your file type (MP4 or GIF) in the File format dropdown and click Download.
The free version of Canva is great for dipping your toe in
If you’re just starting out with social media management or have been asked to create some graphics for a client for the first time then the free version of Canva is a great place to start. There are over 8,000 handy templates to choose from – one for each social media platform – and each template has a variety of free designs available too!
And the paid version of Canva is ever better!
If you’re taking your role as social media manager seriously and definitely if you have multiple clients then the paid version of Canva is a great investment for virtual assistants. And at just $9.95 a month if you pay yearly or $12.95 each month your costs will more than likely be covered by the fees you charge clients for your work. It’s a no brainer really!
With the paid version you can manage all the graphics for multiple clients in one place, upload your clients brand fonts, add and save specific brand colours (no more typing in Hex codes all the time) save templates and choose from thousands of stock images and graphics, over 300,000 of them now free. You also get unlimited space for images and unlimited folders to organise your work, phew!
One of my favourite tools in the paid version though, has to be the Magic Resize feature and the background remover feature. Let’s say you design a super testimonial meme using a Facebook post template, you probably want to share it on Insta, Pinterest and Twitter too right? Not a problem! With just one click Canva recreates your image in the perfect dimensions for each social media platform. All you need to do is refine the design to make sure it looks perfect and voila! Graphics to fit every platform in minutes. It’s super awesome!Scroll To Top