Canva is great for bloggers.
After over a decade of blogging, Canva has proven to be the best graphics app that I added to my blogging bag in the past year. While I’ve had fun using other apps like Moldiv and can tweak things ad infinitum in Photoshop, I can punch out decent images in Canva in a short amount of time whether I’m on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, my iPad, or my MacBook.
When you’ve lived in 3 countries over that same decade, there are particular tools that lend themselves well to a travel and lifestyle blogger. Yes, I will blog about our travels, but sprinkle in posts about life with a youngster, 2 dogs and a busy husband while living in the German countryside/suburb. We do a bit of traveling, sometimes at the last minute, since there are some fascinating locales within a day’s drive of home. I need to be flexible (who really wants to lug around a laptop on a weekend jaunt?) and so do my tools.
When I started Global VA Connect, I decided to lend my skills and brain power to small business owners and namely, creatives. I’ve added a whole slew of great tools to my repertoire, on top of the typical and expected administrative tools that are the basics of a Virtual Assistant’s toolbox. Canva is just one of the many I use fairly often (curious about the others? Post in the comments or send me a question on social media or email!).
Here are 4 reasons why Canva is great for the Blogger on a Budget.
- Free to use. Just sign on and start a new account.
- Low cost to use elements that are free or just $1 each. If you don’t have the perfect background/images/text, you can use any number of “free” templates or you can pay $1 to use one of theirs.
- This graphic below was a fun one I did for my travel blog. It cost nothing to make because all the elements were free to use.
- Take it with you. It’s cloud tech, at it’s best. You can log on from anywhere, on your at-home PC or on your mobile device, and blam, you’re in your account. You can start designing with a click.
- Ok, speed is dependent on your own connectivity. If you’re on the subway, working off wi-fi, you might lose your connection to Canva. The app is constantly “saving” your changes so when you reconnect, bam, you’re back in business. Gorgeously brilliant!
- If you’re working on an iPad, you’re in luck. (I’m waiting for an Android app version to come out so my Galaxy note can rock it like my iPad…Canva developers, I hope you hear me from Sydney!)
- You can grab a quote from your favorite book or movie and slap it on your photo, a solid color, or one of their stock backgrounds. See?
Sharing is a breeze.
- When you save your design, you get a choice to immediately share with Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. It’ll be a post with a default link to your Canva URL but free advertising for their app is a low cost alternative to free graphics design.
- What if you want to email it to yourself or someone else? You can do that too!
- Or you can download it to your own files and share from there, which is what I did with this graphic I recently created. This one took the most time because of the content, but the photo is mine (taken from the Alexandre III bridge in Paris). Again this was a free one to make.
- Upload your images into your account or use theirs. Drag and drop them into your design.
- What kinds of designs can you make? email headers, presentations, blog posts, posters, social media posts, and more! Canva developers seem to be adding new designs faster than you can try them all out.
- Wait, you’re nervous about making your own cool graphic and meme? No worries! There’s even a design SCHOOL you can try out to get your creative juices going.
I’m a huge fan of Canva… can’t say it enough. There are pro graphic designers I know who also use it too, so I know as a blogger and a VA that I’m in good company. Try it out. Let me know what you think in the comments or on any of my social media accounts. Happy designing!