This week’s digital tool is the most excellent Canva. Canva is a design tool that everyone should get on board with! The tool is based around simplicity and accessibility so that even the most reluctant person is able to rustle up something that looks professional within minutes. Its drag-and-drop meets point-and-click interface is nothing new but it is a clever part of its success.
It is in part reminiscent of desktop publishing tools of years gone by but with the kind of online accessibility that DTPs could only have dreamed of.
Canva is very much an everyday tool which performs everyday related tasks admirably – flyers, invitations, presentation tools – for quick action its left side search bar and right side canvas is just so beautifully executed.
This is not a replacement for InDesign, Photoshop or indeed the work of professional designers but for everyday work, small biz folk should most definitely take note!
The tool is not all FREE, although much of it is! it has a very clever one-time $1 freemium model which you to pick from over a million premium images or tools for a flat $1 fee when you need them which is in stark contrast to the higher costs of stock image sites. You can though just pull in your own images or work though thus saving on costs. Payment is only required when publish your design, at which point, the watermarks are removed … this is
Finally, Canva is savvy on the social media front – you can export to PNG, PDF or share to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
I won’t go into much more detail – just try it – it doesn’t require a manual, it speaks for itself.