March 25, 2014 | 12 comments so far - join the discussion!
I don’t know about you guys, but for me, I just.. find it extremely difficult to work with some graphic designers. I’m sure there are plenty amazing ones out there, but I’ve never been lucky enough to find one that fits all the points below:
- Has enough time dedicated to my design
- Isn’t super major expensive
- Suits my personal style and knows what I want
I mean, it doesn’t sound that hard right? But these people are so hard to find. It’s like finding a soul mate.. except you pay them to understand what you want. Jees, sometimes, I don’t even know what I want.
However, a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a site called Canva.. which has literally, and I don’t say this often… changed my life.
Canva is a design software which will enable you to drag and drop images into a blank canvas or default layouts for absolutely anything! You can design business cards, website graphics, facebook covers, invitations… anything!
For me, I recently used Canva for my new banner! I’m sure you would’ve noticed the difference when you entered my blog, if not, refresh 1000x to clear your cache and you should be able to see the new design!
The one thing I love most about Canva is that it is so easy to use. I’m not that creative and Canva lets me browse through other people’s designs and choose different layouts and images to let me play around with different pieces and jigsaw everything together.
One thing though, it will not replace Photoshop so don’t expect it to be able to liquify or blend or draw. It only has limited functions. You can Photoshop your own images and upload them into Canva to piece your design together (which is free!). If you do want to use their creative-images, some of them do have a charge of $1.
Because the site is still “Invite only” – not too sure when they intend to open it to the public, I will show you little screenshots of what it looks like!
Basically from the top of the page, you can choose templates of different designs, or you can cllick on “use custom dimensions” if you know what you want! I usually go for custom dimensions because I know exactly what fits into my blog. Unless I wanted to design something else.
Once you start editing, there are hundreds of options for you to chose from. As you can see from the above screenshot, you can add frames into your artwork, choose pre-designed avatars, had text, backgrounds, and there are literally 1,000s of images to choose from!
Here is a little banner I pulled together in a few minutes (no kidding).
And this is another little image I put together in a few minutes for self-promotion. HAHA.
Must I say more? IN ALL HONESTY, I LOVE CANVA.
I think the only downside is that the site is actually still in “invite-only” mode. So it may be hard to access if you do not already have an account. If you do have an account (lucky you), you can also only invite 5 others!
I’m hoping this exclusive access will change soon, but in the meantime, if any of you want an add, just holla at me. I might still have some invites left!
Hope this review helped!
P.S. This was not an advertorial!