Canva: Graphic Design Tool

I have a new favorite designer tool :  Canva

Key Features:

  • A simple new way to design. Easily turn your ideas into designs for Web and print.

  • Search and drag simplicity. Search Canva’s integrated library of stock photographs, graphic elements and cut-out images then drag-and-drop to create your design.

  • It’s online and free to use. Canva is entirely online so there’s no expensive software to install.

  • Choose from one million images and hundreds of fonts. Design with 1 million photos, graphics and fonts, or upload your own.

  • Collaborate with anyone, anywhere. Canva lets you share and edit your designs with friends, clients and coworkers.

Canva has a very informative blog, if you are interested in blogging, visuals, designing and using design for your brand.

I have been using the tool for the last few months to create slides for presentations, posters to hang around school or for illustration purposes on my blog.

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  • Canva has beautiful layout templates but still allows you to start from scratch, customize and design with your own creativity.
  • There are plenty of images for you to use for free ( I have not felt the need to purchase any stock images).
  • The easy drag and drop features make it very intuitive.

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  • I believe, you currently still need an invite to be able to use Canva. Just sign up via their site and activate account after receiving email.
  • One feature I am desperately missing is a collaboration feature. For now, I am exporting the slides as images and inserting them into Google Presentations.
  •  I was really excited to be able to use the tool with students. It would be a fantastic support tool when talking with students about the importance of visuals while blogging, help in their presentation and visual design skills.
    Unfortunately, I read in their Terms of Services:

“Canva is a great service to use for creating your designs, but you have to be at least 18 years of age and fully able to form binding contracts in order to use it. You may not use the Service in violation of these terms or any laws or regulations.”

That puts a damper on being able to use the service with our K-12 students.

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I wonder if the canva team is thinking of allowing  educational accounts for students under the age of 18 or allow schools to act as guardians in order for students to create accounts.

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Here is an overview: