How would you like to know a FREE marketing graphic design tool that can help you create amazing graphics?
Are you struggling to engage your designer, which is in different time zone and cost you a lot of money?
Now, you can do it your own!
Canva has made creating marketing graphic simple and easy for you.
So check out my video below on how to create your own marketing graphic right now.
In the mean time, I’ll just show you some insights from Canva.
P/S: I’ve been using Canva to create my article feature image. So you can be sure this piece of software is really great.
Canva – Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software
The above snapshot is the dashboard area when you login to use Canva. You can create all sort of designs and layouts based on your needs. Whether it’s a poster, Facebook post or blog graphic you can easily create your desired graphics.
In here, you can choose the layout based on purpose, or just make a customized dimension to create your graphic.
Once you signed up, it should be a personal usage account that you can utilize the tool for free. There’s basically unlimited designs that you can do for your own use. Of course there’s certain features being locked, unless you upgrade or pay. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to create beautiful marketing graphics already just by the functions that’re available for you. You can even create your own design team up to 10 persons and allow easy sharing of designs and folders.
This is like a business account. So you’ll have to pay a fee in order to get the upgrades for work use. Additional features includes: unlimited design folders, unlimited team members, Magic Resize (this will ease your work a lot!), brand kit for consistent design, upload custom fonts, and much more. There’s a 30 days free trial, and if you like it you can continue with this paid option.
Steps to design your graphic
- Set your purpose for the graphic that you’re going to design
- Register yourself to Canva
- Click Create Design
- Select your layout that aligned with your purpose
- Go for pre-defined layouts if possible to save time and energy
- If not start from scratch, select design layout, insert images, insert headings/subtitle/wordings, etc.
- Adjust filters for images
- Adjust position of text, fonts, font colour, etc.
Canva – Features
Once you selected your desired layout for desired purpose, you will be brought to the design page. This amazing graphic design software gives you the flexibility that you need. Below are some list of the features.
Canva graphic design software is cloud-based. As long as you have internet connection, you’ll be able to access your account and view your previous designs anywhere in the world. Even more, it’s auto-save upon any changes made and fast. You don’t have to worry about losing any changes. You can just close the tab and move on to next design.
This would be a time-saver if you are in a rush or beginner. You can fully utilize the pre-designed layouts and help you quickly create a marketing graphic on the fly. You’ll just have to make a minor modification to the existing layouts.
You can really make use of these free elements to create your graphics start from scratch. You can select the free photo gallery, insert grid, frames, shapes, lines, illustrations, icons, or even charts (new in 2017)!
No need to worry on how you want to arrange your headlines on the graphic that you’ve designed. Just select from this text layout library and you should be able to find the one you want.
If you would like a plain background instead of photo, you can still use monotone colour or patterned background to suit you design. Sometimes, simplicity is just nice.
If you want to use your own images, you can always upload you image to Canva. And then you can use it into your design. This will create uniqueness for your marketing graphics and hence give visitors a more professional look.
Download to different format
Canva allows you to download your designed graphics into 3 different formats, i.e. .jpg, .png, .pdf. So you can utilize the graphics and post it to wherever you want. Pdf format is essential for presentation, document, or ebook; while JPG or PNG format is suitable for social sharing or blog.
You’re given the option to share you design as well. You can share it to certain individuals via email, to social medias, to anyone with the direct link, or even embed codes into your website (no need save the image in website).
That’s all for now on Canva.
If you would like to read more on different recommended softwares, you can refer to my previous article here.