Canva is a simple and powerful graphic design tool that allows you to design logos, posters, social media posts, and presentation slides with better graphics in a short period of time with much ease and flexibility. The simple drag and drop function allows you to create stunning posters and logos within a matter of time.
Canvas is an effective graphic design software that offers a rich set of tools and features that caters to the needs of professional designers. With such top-class features and tools, Canva can be used by both professionals as well as a normal user for their design needs.
So by having access to Canva, you no longer need to approach a professional designing agency for designing your logos, presentations and posters for your business. You can easily create them on your own in just a few simple steps.
Is there any installation process?
No, Canva does not offer any desktop application. So there is no need to install any application on your PC. All you need to have is an active internet connection and an active account to login to Canva and start designing your posters and logos.
What are the features offered by Canva?
As said earlier, Canva offers a rich set of features and tools that can be used by both professional and novice users for designing their logos, posters and presentation slides. Let’s briefly discuss the features offered by Canva to its users.
- Canva offers over 50,000 pre-designed templates categorized under different niche. You can choose a template that is related to your niche and create your own image or poster that is more relevant to your business.
- With Canva, you can easily create and edit your own images, logos, posters, Social media post, presentation slides, etc.
- The easy drag and drop feature allows you to add any elements, images, and text to your design.
- You can easily customize the pre-designed templates by removing the unwanted elements and text and replacing them with your own text and images.
- You can also add videos to your designs. You can either add your own video or choose from the list available.
- The background remover tool can effectively remove the background in your photos perfectly.
- The crop/trim tool allows you to crop your photos and design.
- The transparency meter allows you to adjust the transparency of your images and design.
How simple is the user interface of Canva?
Canva comes with a very simple and elegant user interface that allows you to access all the tools from a single page. The user interface is very simple that can be used by any user ranging from a professional designer to a normal novice user.
You can either choose your own photo and create a design or choose from a pre-designed template, poster or photos and edit them to customize to your needs. The simple drag and drop feature allows you to add any text element, photos, videos and other effects to your design. Let’s now discuss in detail the complete user interface of Canva.
On the home page, you can access their different templates or photos by using the search bar. At the side of the home screen, you can find access to various sections of the software. You can see all the designs created by you in the ‘All your designs’ tab.
Templates and photos tab allows you to access their templates and photos collection. You can navigate to the respective pages and select a template or photo and start editing them.
To start creating a new design, click on the ‘Create a design’ button at the top and select an item that you wish to design. You can choose to design a large number of items like a poster, logo, cards, wallpaper, brochure, photos, certificate, menu, invitation, etc.
After selecting an item to design, you will now be taken to the edit page where you can select a template or your own images and start editing your design.
On the left side of the edit page, you can find different tabs which allow access to different edit tools.
In the templates tab, you can find different pre-designed templates for various niches. You can browse and select your preferred template by clicking on it.
Under the photos tab, you can find several photos that Canva offers. You can use them in your design for free of cost. To add a photo to your design, just click on the photo.
You can also upload your own photo or template by navigating to the upload tab and clicking on the ‘Upload an image button’.
After selecting the template or photo that you wish to edit, you can now start editing your template by adding text, elements, backgrounds and different effects to your template.
Under the elements tab, you can find different elements like stickers, icons, graphs, charts, lines, shapes and frames that can be added to your design by a simple drag and drop function.
To add text messages and headings to your design, browse to the Text tab and start adding text and headings to your design by using the different tools available. Select the type of text that you wish to add to your design and click on the specific location in your design where you like to add the text. You can make use of the different options that appear at the top of the page to design your text.
You can also add videos to your design by navigating to the videos tab and by selecting a video that you like.
In the background tab, you can find different types of backgrounds that can be added to your design. You can browse through the list and can see a large variety of attractive backgrounds that when added to your design gives an elegant feel to your poster.
When you are on the background page, you can find different tools at the top of the page that allows you to add effects, filter to your design.
Clicking on the Effects button, you can find different effects that can be added to your design. Here, you get access to one unique feature of the software called background remover.
The background remover tool can remove any type of background present in your photo and provide a cut version of the subject in the photo.
The filter button list down a large number of filters that when added to your design can change the look of your design.
In the adjust tab, you can find various tools for adjusting the brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and other display features of your design.
The crop tool allows you to crop the design to your desired size.
The flip tool allows you to flip your design vertically and horizontally.
Once you finish editing and customizing your design, you can either save it to a specific folder on Canva or download it to your PC.
You can save your design to a new folder by clicking the file button at the top and selecting the save to folder option. You can also download your design to your PC by clicking the download button at the top right. You can also preview your design by clicking the play button next to the download icon.
You can access their tutorial and learn how to use the different tools by clicking the Help button at the bottom and accessing their guide or tutorial section. You can also send a report or complaint to their technical team if you face any issues using Canvas or logging into your account.
What is the word of mouth for the software?
The word of mouth for Canva is really good. Most of the reviews on Canva were good and have praised the software as an easy to use and a stylish photo editor. The only issue which most of the reviews have pointed to is you need to pay extra for most of their tools.
The user comments and reviews were also great. Almost all the comments that I came across were good and I could not find any negative comments about the software.
Please find below some of the positive testimonials that I came across on the internet about Canva.
“If you're looking for a fully-fledged photo editor for your browser then you're better off with something like Pixlr X, but for creating stylish social media posts, posters and invites, Canva is a great choice. Just bear in mind that you'll need to pay to unlock many of the elements.” – Tech Radar
“Canva is in my opinion the best software that can be used to create and publish any graphic design on the go. Publishing on social media has never been that easy, no need to calculate the image dimensions (Width x Height) set by different social media platforms… Canva does that automatically for you.” – User
Is there a free version available for Canva?
Yes, Canva does offer a free Trial Pro account to its users which they can use it for a period of 30 days. After that, you need to subscribe to their PRO version to continue using the software for creating new designs. But remember even in the free account, you have access to only a limited number of tools provided by the software.
What is the price of Canva?
Since Canva is an online-based software, it can be used on any PC irrespective of the operating system. So, you can use it on a Windows, MAC or a Linux PC and the only requirement is you need to have an active internet connection.
Canva offers 2 different paid plans namely Pro and Enterprise. The price of the Pro plan is $9.95 per month if billed annually or $12.95 per month if paid monthly.
The price of the Enterprise plan is $30 per month if billed yearly.
But if you want you can also choose free forever account with limited functionality
The difference in the features offered in the Pro, Enterprise and Free versions can be found in the screenshot below.
Canva does not provide any information on the money-back guarantee available for the software. I will update this space if I get any details on that.
Verdict and Conclusion:
Canva is a simple yet powerful and effective graphic editing and designing tool that allows you to create stunning and attractive posters, logos, cards and many more designs for your business or personal use. The simple and easy to use interface makes sure that Canva can be used by both professional designers and novice users alike. If you are one who creates posters and designs most of the time, then Canva can be the best fit for you.