You can never replace the skills and expertise of a professional graphic artist … but Canva is damn close. It's a ridiculously easy-to-use drag-and-drop design tool for professionals and people like me who do not need the need (or knowledge) to use advanced graphic design software.
Canva originally launched as a website and has recently released a fully featured mobile app for Android and iOS. Everything is created by dragging and dropping various elements that can be customized and customized to your liking. With thousands of templates, you can create everything from your palm with posters, ads, YouTube thumbnails, and social media covers
Some of Canva's favorite designs include posters, banner ads, Instagram posts, Pinterest posts, Twitter posts , Infographics, wedding invitations, resumes, business cards, photo collages, and e-mail headers. So it's a powerful tool, but it's really easy to use.
Before You Begin
Canva is free to use, although some features are reserved for the Canva for Work Plan, which provides additional benefits of unlimited storage, access to 400,000 image assets, custom dimensions, transparent designs and priority support.
You can test Canva for Work with a 30-day free trial, after which it's $ 1
For the purposes of this guide, I create an imaginary wedding invitation. I have already created my imaginary wife and I have decided that we will marry on a private island in the Caribbean. There will be unlimited rum and jerk chicken for everyone and Tom Jones will come by at the end of the night to sing a few songs.
Before we start, of course you need to download the app. Take a look at the links below and start.
Step 1: Select a Design Template
When you launch the app for the first time, you will be prompted to create an account. Sign in with an email address or your Facebook account Log in to begin. From there, you can create something from scratch or select from a template prepared by Canvas Thousands listed in several categories, including:
- Blogging & eBooks
- Education  Events
- marketing materials
- planners & schedules
- social media & email headers
- social media posts
You can use the search box to find a specific template – mine Search for "wedding invitation" resulted in many viable options, though canvas drag-and-drop functionality is interchangeable, so do not hesitate to look for something different.
If you found the right template for your design You can edit or add more items by tapping +. Individual elements are sorted by layers stacked on top of each other. You can adjust the order and transparency by selecting an item and tapping the Ellipse menu button, changing the position by dragging with your finger, and resizing by dragging one of the corner points.
Below you can see the wedding invitation template I selected. It's nice and clean, with a good spot for pictures, but these trees are not exactly suitable for the whole Caribbean vibe I'm aiming for. Besides, I'm neither Anthony nor Jasmine. Let us fix that.
Luckily, working with text could not be easier. With a single tap you can edit and change the font size, the font and the color.
To create an image To replace or add, tap either the plus sign at the bottom right or an existing image for the following menu sequence Buttons:
- Gallery: Here you can select a picture from your device or create a picture on the camera of your mobile phone to add it to the design.
- Image: Enter a keyword and search it Canvas extensive library with Stock Image
- Color: Choose a spot color as background
- Filter: Apply custom filters and adjust the picture settings for the selected picture.
In this case, we will select the Picture tab to search in Canvas Library for a suitable picture. I found the perfect one for my invitation by searching for Caribbean . Once you've selected the best image for your design, you can crop it by squeezing and dragging and apply a filter.
Customize the color palette of your template by: You tap an item and select the color box. I have chosen mainly golden and sand-like colors to complement the picture of my tropical beach.
Contrasting hues will help highlight important text and you should try to use colors that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also fit well with the tone and purpose of your design. For example, a pale blue will help convey a calmer message, while an eye-catching red is more likely to stimulate designs that emphasize power.
Step 5: Export & Share
With your colors, text, and everything else in the right order, your design is ready for release.
Select the "Share" button and you have the option of uploading and sending the finished design via your preferred application. All designs are automatically stored on Canva's cloud servers so you can download or change your work at any time.
Canva keeps things simple, but it There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your designs are as effective as possible.
There are no hard and fast rules, it is probably best to take a less is more to take approach at the beginning.
Keep things clean and simple, with easy-to-read fonts and a high-contrast color scheme that matches the tone you want to convey and always keep an eye on your target audience. For example, if you're creating an ad or poster that advertises a service or product, think about choosing the color palette and font, and how they might affect the viewer. It is generally recommended that you use no more than 3 different fonts, and while bold typography is good to stand out, it can be a bit loud and intrusive – probably not the best solution for a wedding invitation!
Canvas Website offers a collection of learning tools and useful tips for creating all sorts of designs, including how to make amazing Facebook cover in 5 steps and this article offers some great design tips for non-designers ,
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