What is Canva? A guide to features

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Pau Monfort
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Canva is a free graphic design platform ideal for creating invitations, business cards, Instagram posts, and more. A drag and drop interface makes customizing thousands of templates simple and easy. The wide range of features allows you to edit photos without in-depth photo editing knowledge or experience.


What is Canva?

Canva is a free graphic design platform that allows you to easily create invitations, business cards, flyers, lesson plans, Zoom backgrounds, and more using professionally designed templates. 



You can even upload your own photos and add them to templates using a drag and drop interface. It's like having a basic version of Photoshop which is free and doesn't require in-depth knowledge of photo editing to use. Here's everything you need to know.

How to use Canva?

The application hosts thousands of professionally designed free templates which, thanks to their drag and drop interface, can be customized with just a few clicks. Simply upload your photos, drag them to the template of your choice and save the file to your computer.


Their template categories include Zoom backgrounds, posters, presentations, flyers, postcards, infographics, business cards, Instagram posts, resumes, invitations, book covers, menus, letterheads, newsletters, photo collages, cards, bookmarks, invoices, recipe cards and more.

How is Canva used? From basic cropping and straightening to adding textures and color correction, the beginner's features make photo editing easy. You can add a textured background to give your photo more dimension, insert text to create your meme, create a photo grid, blur your photo, and more.


Canva offers free video tutorials

If you're new to graphic design and want to learn about branding or how to incorporate Canva into the virtual classroom, free video tutorials are available on their website.



With all the models and features available, it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. Their design school, filled with free video courses on a wide range of topics, is a good place to start. 


There is an "Introduction to Canva" course that provides a quick overview of all the things you can do on the platform, a "Canva for Education" course for teachers to set up their virtual classroom, and a "Canva Pro" course that highlights Pro features and suggestions for their use. 

Canva Pro is a paid premium version with additional features.


Further Reading:

  • 5 best alternatives to Adobe Spark
  • Best websites for creating free online flyers
  • 10 apps to create beautiful Instagram stories in 2020
  • How to create logos online for free
  • How to create photomontages online?

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