Featured Tech: Canva!

Would you like to quickly create professional-looking signs, handouts, and graphics? Canva might be just the thing! The beauty of Canva, a web-based graphics creator, is in its collection of free professionally designed templates tailored to a variety of purposes, from Twitter posts to letter-sized handouts. Canva is free to use but has paid features – I’ve created dozens of graphics using the free version alone. Some of the graphic design layouts come with a fee, as well as many of the images in Canva’s extensive library. However, pricing is very low and a la carte – prices range from $1 to $3 dollars for layouts and graphics.

variety of available formats

Most popular formats in Canva

Get started with Canva by choosing the format you want – templates are organized by categories including Marketing Materials, Social Media, and more. Once you choose, a new file is created, and you can pick a layout. Watch out for the layouts with a $ overlay – even if you edit or delete them from your project, Canva will ask you to pay before you can download it.

Screenshot of text category in Canva

With click and drag functionality, you can’t help but make professional graphics.

I make extensive use of the Text category (above). You can automatically insert professionally formatted text, and you just use your own words. I follow-up by adding one of the free colored backgrounds, or by heading over to Google’s Image search for a free public domain graphic that I can drag and drop into the Uploads section.

event flyer created with Canva

Made using Canva!

Here’s an example of a flyer I created using ONLY the free features in Canva. Editing is quick and easy, and your designs are saved automatically. Just log in to see your past creations, which you can reuse for new purposes! Head on over to canva.com to get started.

I heart Canva

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