I’m in love with Canva. Launched back in August (but still in beta, and I just finally got my invite this week) by entrepreneur Melanie Perkins (yeah woman-led startup!), this site offers high quality graphic design that is free (or very low-cost) and super easy to use.
Canva offers a wide array of templates, design elements, and images for free. You create the image online, and then download it to your computer. If you choose to use one of the images that has a fee $1 you receive a one-time use of that license, making it far more affordable to use some nice stock images (such as the lion in the photo on the left there). You can also import any of your own images to use in their design program.
For the record, Canva is not a replacement for photo editing sites like my beloved PicMonkey; you can’t change how images look; you can only place them on the design. And PicMonkey is no slouch on design either (just this week they launched a new Design feature that allows you to create images out of nothing, including images with transparent backgrounds). But I see how Canva can take the images I’ve edited with PicMonkey and then use their elements to create a seamless design.
Today while playing in Canva I created the image on the left here, the image below where I highlight the many things you can make on Canva (infographics!), and a new logo for my website. In under an hour. I’m not going to say they are all beautiful designs, but they work pretty well.
Go sign up for the beta, and have fun with it! And I have three invites to give away, so if you’d like one, I’ll send it your way. First come first serve!