Canva is a graphic design tool for the Web and for iOS. Users create an account (with an email address or by linking their Google or Facebook account) and then follow a tutorial, which orients users on how to get started and how to use the tool’s many features. Users can upload their own images and create their own layouts or choose from a selection of built-in images and design templates. Once users have finished creating, their designs are automatically saved to the cloud and they’re accessible from the user’s home page in the app or on the website. Users then can export their creations via email, as Facebook posts, or via Twitter, and they can download their images in JPG, PNG, or PDF format.
For students, Canva can be used as a go-to creation tool for class projects, it can be used to create posters and presentation in an original and artistic way. Canva is also a useful tool for adding captions to images or for simple sharing via social media. The flexible features for creation and for export make this an excellent tool for helping even a novice create and share slick, simple graphic design. The tool has great templates built in for social media posts (like templates sized for Facebook and Twitter profile images) and it’s easy to use the tool to connect via social media.
“The only flaw I have so far been able to find with Canva is that it is a new player on the market. As such, I would be very worried if I was in competition with it. While it doesn’t have the comprehensive level of development you might find in others, it does have more than enough features, good enough for any school. -ICT coordinator at Hillcrest College