A good friend Chris Reed messaged me asking if I had given Canva a try and he told me that I’d love it. He’s right… I tested it out for a few hours and was impressed with the professional designs I could create within minutes!
I’m a huge fan of Illustrator and have used it for many years – but I’m design-challenged. I believe that I know a good design when I see it, but I often have a difficult time bringing my thoughts to reality. It’s one of the reasons why I love our design partners so much – they are masters at listening and producing what I’m thinking. It’s magical. But I digress.
Rather than the typical start-with-a-blank-page platforms where I often stare blankly or browse the Internet for ideas, Canva takes you through a different design and inspiration process that’s enlightening. Canva removes the blank page and provides you with many ideas to implement your next design.
There’s no need to look up a sizing chart, they come preconfigured with a podcast cover, social media images, presentation, posters, Facebook cover, Facebook Ad image, Facebook post, Facebook App image, blog graphic, document, card, Twitter post, invitation, business card, Twitter header, Pinterest post, real estate flyer, Google+ cover, Kindle cover, and photo collages. Included in their layouts are even some great infographic elements!
You can upload your own images, connect with Facebook and use those images, or purchase from a selection of over 1,000,000 royalty-free stock images from a robust internal search tool. Building a new Facebook header image for my personal page took me a few minutes.
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