Before Canva democratized design, you had to invest in some pretty serious software (and have the skills to go with it) to create even the simplest graphics.
Now, with Canva's more than 60,000 templates and nearly unlimited ways to customize them, you can master logos, posters, and invitationss in minutes, not months.
Sign in for the first time and you're met with the 20 most popular design categories. in addition to all things social media, templates exist for you professional life: bluprints for presentations, infographics, business card, and extraordinary résumés.
When you find a design you like, Canva provides a brief tutorial on how the tools work. A single tap on a design element--a piece of text, for example--hightlights it with the option to resize, change the font, experiment with spacing, or move it around the canvas. Double-tap to bring up the keboard and craft your own message. So if you're creating a party invitation, you can retain the basic template sturcture but add your own personal touches.
For designs using photographs, Canva provides simple editing tools and filters to make images pop. Can't find the perfect shot in Photos? There's a vast library of stock imagery to choose from. Don't worry about make a mistake. The small arrows at the top of the screen allow you to undo or redo any changes, one step at a time.
Once satisfied with your creation, tap the Share button in the upper right corner for a few different file types: a PNG for posting to social media, a PDF for printing, or a PDF for viewing onscreen.
If you've created a poster or anything that will exist in the physical world, you can view your design to scale in AR (augmented reality). Your iPhone or iPad camera just needs a flat surface, and with a quick tap you can see how your work will look close up or at a distance.
Once you get the hang of it and realize how useful Canva can be, consider the Images Pro subscription to gain unlimited access to millions of unique photos--start with a 30-day free trial.
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