Canva Overview:

  • Launched 2013 (Beta) and full release 2015
  • Based in Sydney, Australia
  • Free and paid/”Pro” subscription options (Pro account ~$15/month)
  • Pre-formatted templates for social media images (eg. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter). Pre-formatted templates for eBook and kindle book covers, business cards, brochures, flyers, and presentations. All templates take advantage of built in design tools for layout and design including font, colors and a built in extensive stock photo/asset library.
    • Notable recent additions to the stock photography offerings is the acquisition of both Pixabay and Pexels.

(example of image and graphic asset searches)

For all design types, Canva has a good set of image tools for basic photo editing; tint, saturation, brightness, contrast, crop, resize, flip, etc. 

A key advantage of Canva being a web based app is it can be used on Windows and Mac, in any of the major web browsers, and a robust mobile app for work on Android and iOS devices.

I am going to focus on Canva’s Presentation capabilities over the next series of blog posts, so check back!

Troy @ TLC