Recommendation of the Week: Canva

This week we’ve got one for all of you bloggers, Facebookers, and Instagramers who understand the value of images. If you follow my blog, you know that I do my best to provide a unique image for every article. I also take a lot of pictures on Instagram, which translate over to my Facebook page as well. A few weeks ago, during that time, I didn’t have access to my standard image editing software and had to find an alternative. That’s when I met Canva.

Canva is a web-based image generator, perfect for blog images, social media pages, and social posts. It can be used for free and has tons of content available. If the free portion isn’t good enough, you can also utilize premium content (graphics and text layouts) for a paltry $1 per element. The best part, however, is that Canva can be used anywhere without special software. It’s pretty handy for those of you who want to step up your basic graphic design game.

The Canva home screen interface.

The site is super simple to use, too. It’s a total drag-and-drop interface that runs well on any modern browser. Though it is a little processor-intensive, you should be fine on just about any system built after 2009 (if you have one older than that, contact us). As you work, Canva automatically saves your projects, allowing you to come back and edit them later if need be. You can download and use the images you create on Canva anywhere you want, and you’re only charged if you use a premium element. It winds up being a pretty good deal over all.

A quick word of caution, however. While it may be tempting to build advanced graphics or design your logo on Canva, it’s generally a bad idea. Remember that stock art will likely be used by other companies who were tempted to do the same as you, and chances are they came up with the same or similar logo you were thinking of using. Always seek a branding professional for something like that.

All-in-all, I definitely recommend Canva to anyone looking for an easy way to create some quick graphics for a blog or social media. It’s simple, free (or very little cost when you use premium content), and there is plenty of suggestion to inspire you. Take a look and, if you decide to use it, let us know what you think in the comments below.

That’s it this week. I hope our recommendation helps you, and we hope that you will recommend this article to someone else. Please let us know how this helps in the comments section below, and don’t forget to let us know what issues you may be having that you’d like a recommendation for. Have an awesome Thursday, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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Michael McNew
Web developer, marketing innovator, technology enthusiast, and founder of Visceral Concepts, Michael McNew has developed a passion for delivering value to small business, turning his creativity towards image and reputation building for small business owners.