So you have a blog. You need a header banner.
You just finished compiling an e-book resource. You need a cover.
You want to take your writing services to the pro level. (I can help you with improving your writing game, get in touch btw. :)) You need a business card.
But you’re a word’ person. Being visual isn’t your thing? Hire a graphic designer? Definitely. But what if your budget can’t handle it right now?
Then, try Canva.
Canva is a free, online graphic design tool that you can use to create book covers, business cards, social media banners, logos, flyers, posters, brochures, infographics and yes, even digital holiday cards.
There is Canva for Android (Yay!), Canva for IOS and for desktop. It provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals, and the tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.
Canva started back in 2007 when Melanie Perkins, one of the founders, was studying at the University of Western Australia. Melanie taught students how to use programs such as InDesign and Photoshop — programs that people found hard to learn and even harder to use.
After coming up an idea for an online tool to create school yearbooks (probably an earlier version of the now-Canva), Melanie and Canva co-founder Cliff Obrecht took out a loan and brought in a great tech team and started their own company.
The website rapidly became popular, with more than 750,000 users in its first year. Social-media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as chief evangelist in April 2014.
And maybe you already know about Canva. But were probably turned off because they had no Android app.
Well, hello! Canva is finally available on Android. This move is indeed an eagerly anticipated one for users of the popular design application. Before now, Android users were confined to using the app only on desktop.
Canva for Android is available in 179 countries and 42 languages, eventually growing to 100 languages by the end of the year, according to the company.
As per Canva’s different offerings, the app is available in three tiers. It starts with Canva, which is “Forever Free”, followed by Canva for Work for $12.95 per user per month. If you want the Canva Enterprise version, you have to get in touch with the company.
Canva is extremely useful for designs for Small Businesses
The vast majority of small business owners wear many different hats when it comes to running the day-to-day operations of their company. Designing, publishing and posting images and other content on their websites, social media page and store has now become par for the course. Canva makes it much easier to carry out these tasks.
You can download the Canva app for all operating systems here .
Canva offers free step-by-step design tutorials that will take you through the design process.
Canva is my go-to graphic design app currently. What’s yours? Share them with me in the comments section! 🙂 🙂