Canva Graphic Design and Photo Editing
Until I found this app I was struggling to learn Photoshop on my computer. I didn’t like this for two reasons. 1) I’m really slow using it and get easily frustrated and 2) I need to log on to the computer. Finding Canva has made producing blog and social media images easy and on my iPad – so I can do it wherever I am sitting. Here are a few of the things I have taught myself from using Canva.
My Favourite Tips
- There are so many really good layouts to choose from. Make sure you update the app to get the newest layouts.
- Create images that are sized for the social media site you are using. No more half shown images on Twitter that you need to click to see the full thing.
- Alter your fonts on each layout if you want to have uniformity through all of your images.
- Upload your own images or images from commercial sites like Pixabay to each template for custom images. See my earlier blog post on Pixabay for a commercial image site I love to use.
- Search Canva’s images for free images. Some images do have a charge to them! look for the coin in the bottom right hand corner for the chargeable pictures.
- Or use the background templates for vibrant colours and designs if you don’t want to use photographic images. Choose your background depending on the cost you wish to spend (or not).
- Water marked templates are not free. So far I have only used the free templates.
- Brilliant selection of fonts. You can alter everything: size, bold, colour, position of writing.
- Easy to use icons and tabs.
If you blog or need to produce images for work, fun, projects or school work I recommend downloading Canva from the App Store. It is free, it does need iOS version 9.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Check the App Store for version requirements because these will change as new iOS versions are released. (Information is correct as of May 2017). But! And it took me a while to figure this out if you are on your computer log on to Canva and you can carry on editing images and have access to your designs from a different computer or tablet.
If like me, you have no graphic design training you can still produce good quality images that will help make your blog stand out!